Central African Republic — Transportation
Central African Republic Taxis and Car Rental
Most business travelers and tourists use taxis to get around Bangui, but rates can be quite expensive. Cabs are readily available at the airport (+236-61-78-59), but be prepared to negotiate the fare. Alternatively, you can rent a car from internationally-recognized companies like Avis and Europcar, which have desks at the airport. Travelers who plan to explore the Central African Republic wilderness often rent four-wheel drive vehicles to tackle the dirt road, which remain open throughout the dry season, but consider getting insurance with theft and collision damage waivers if you’re going at it alone. You can also rent chauffeur-driven cars.
Travelers who prefer to drive must have an International Driver’s Permit and carry a valid ID and passport at all times. Be careful when navigating outside urban areas and make sure the car is in good condition, as it can be challenging to find spare parts and motor vehicle assistance across the great open plains.
Central African Republic Trains and Buses
There are no commuter trains in the Central African Republic. The best way to get around Bangui is to ride the 24-seater minibus, which connects the capital with other major cities. Other forms of public transportation include pick-up trucks with fares about the same minibus tickets.
Central African Republic Boats
The Ubangi River connects the Central African Republic to neighboring countries, and is served by boats and barges. The waterways can take you to Stanley Falls, which is close to Brazzaville and Kinshasa. Traveling by boat takes time, but it is generally an affordable and enjoyable way to go on day trips.