Comoros — Transportation
Comoros Taxis and Car Rental
It is easy to hail taxis in Moroni and Fomboni. Shared cabs are common in the Comoros and are usually available anytime except late at night. It is possible to take a taxi to nearby towns like Itsandra and Iconi, as well as to and from the airport. Services are also available that go to the east coast through long-distance taxis that can be found near Gobadjou district. If you are headed to southern towns like Chindini, it’s possible to catch a ride near the university in front of Hotel Karthala. Cars may be packed, uncomfortable, and hot, but certainly make for an interesting experience. Taxis can be hard to come by on Sundays and holidays, but you can always try your luck hitchhiking.
If you prefer to rent a car, be prepared to pay exorbitant fees. However, the extra cost is often worth it, especially when traveling longer distances and visiting more remote locations on the Comoros Islands. Many locals will be kind enough to give you a ride, and you can return the favor by aiding local hitchhikers, especially women and children who have to walk long distances to and from school. Public transportation is scarce, and paying it forward by offering others a ride will go a long way.
Comoros Water Taxis
Boat and ferry services are available between the islands. From Grande Comore, it is possible to catch a boat from the southern coastal town of Chindini to Hoani (Mohéli’s northern coast). These boats are generally safe even though they are small, but be sure to check the weather forecast beforehand. Larger ferries ply the Moroni to Fomboni route, and services are available at least two or three times a week. An even larger and safer ferryboat runs from Grande Comore (east coast) to the island of Anjouan.
Comoros Trains and Buses
There are no trains or buses in the Comoros, as most locals and tourists rely on rental cars and taxis for transportation. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended when visiting outlying islands, especially during rainy seasons. More frequently traveled roads are tarred and generally in good condition.