There are two ways of getting to Kampala – by flight or surface travel. The transport system within the city appears completely chaotic to the outsider; but fret not, it works! Several modes of public transport operate in the city and all that’s required is a bit of advance planning before setting forth. A paved, motorable road goes direct to Entebbe. Matatus (vans) leave every 5 minutes to Entebbe from the Old and New Taxi Parks. You can also opt for shared taxis. The fare from Kampala to Entebbe or back is USh 2, 000. If you’re driving yourself, it will take about 30 minutes from the top ‘roundabout’ while leaving Kampala. During peak traffic hours, driving into Kampala or getting out can take an additional half hour.
Our Kampala Transportation Guide below will tell you all you need to know about travelling in and around Kampala. Use our Kampala Destination Guide or check out our Kampala tour options for good ways of exploring this part of Uganda. You should also take a look at our Uganda Transportation Guide for more information on getting to and around the country.
Kampala Transportation Guide
Getting to Kampala
All large Kampala hotels and guest houses provide free shuttle buses for their guests arriving at Entebbe International Airport. Taxi fares from Entebbe to Kampala ought not to exceed US$20. If you know the lay of the land and have local currency, you could pay even less.
The present bus station and taxi parks are expected to be moved to the city’s outskirts in some time. The present bus station is a study in chaos. Still, it’s better than nothing. From here, you can take off to various parts of Uganda. Some popular destinations are Jinja (USh4000, 1½ hrs), Fort Portal (USh10, 000, 5 hrs), Masaka (USh5000, 2 hours), Masindi (USh9000, 3½ hrs), Kabale (USh15, 000, six hrs), Mbale (USh10, 000, 3 hrs).
Post buses operate from the main post office at 35 Kampala Road (236436). Departures are from 8 am daily, to Kabale (USh11, 000, 6 hrs), Kasese (USh11, 000, 8 hrs), Fort Portal (USh10, 000, 10 hrs) and other important destinations.
Minibus taxis ply from two stations. The Old Taxi Park is at the triangle of Burton, Luwum and South Streets. Taxis from here go all over the city and to the eastern parts of the country. The New Taxi Park, at the corner of Namirembe Road and Mackay, serves places to the north and west. Minibus taxi fares are similar to bus fares; however, they tend to be slower.
Getting Around Kampala and Entebbe
To get around Kampala, take the white minibus taxis from the Old Taxi Station. If you have any doubts, just ask for help – people are generally willing to help. The good news for tourists is that double-decker buses are likely to hit the roads soon, replacing minibuses from the city centre. Private taxi fares have to be negotiated; trips in the city centre are charged from USh 5,000 and increase at night, or getting to the suburbs. Boda-bodas operating within the city centre charge USh1.500.
Shared taxis seating up to 14 persons are a quick and cheap way to get around Kampala. These vehicles scour the streets for passengers and will stop just about anywhere. If you spot one approaching, wave your hand up and down. As an outsider, do remember that the chances of your being overcharged are quite high. Their mode of operation may seem disorganised, but they’re actually pretty efficient all over Uganda.
By Boda Boda Motorcycles
Once, simple bicycles with a back-seat for ferrying around passengers were known as boda-bodas. Some exist in their original avatar but most of them have now morphed into Indian-made motorcycles. They’re the quickest means of getting around; unfortunately they’re also the most risky.
By Special Hire Taxi
These taxis are the most expensive way to travel, either within the city or to other towns, unless you’re prepared to share the cost with another passenger. Downtown Kampala has metered yellow taxis. All other taxi fares have to be negotiated.
Hire a Vehicle with Driver
You could also hire a vehicle for day use at a fixed price (fuel extra). The fare for in-city trips will be less than for a trip out of town. Self-driving, hitchhiking and biking are not advisable for outsiders.
Car Rental Uganda
Car Rental Uganda is one of the premier transport service providers in Uganda.
Type: Car Rental Services in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania
Address: Room 03B, Najja House, Entebbe Road, Kampala
Phone: +256 (0)772 072909
Drive Uganda is one of the best car rental service providers in Uganda. We offer self driver car hire within Uganda at very affordable prices.
The Far Horizon
The Far Horizon is a safari company based in Kampala. For road transfers between Kampala and Entebbe, as well as the rest of the country, we provide you with a safari-converted 4×4 vehicle and a trained guide with intimate knowledge of the wildlife, culture, history and politics of Uganda.
Each vehicle is fully equipped with guide books, a first aid kit, 2 spare wheels, roof hatches, cool box and recovery equipment.
Type: Transfers between Kampala and Entebbe to the rest of Uganda
Address: 2409 Kiwafu Road Kansanga Kampala
Phone: +256 (0)312 264 894
Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Centre
KAFTC or the “Aeroclub” as it is popularly known, is based at Kajjansi Airfield, approximately half way between Kampala and Entebbe, offering air transport as well as flight training. This highly professional company owns and operates a fleet of aircraft from 2-passenger Cessna 172’s to 12-passenger Cessna Caravans, and is able to provide private charter solutions throughout East and Central Africa.
Type: Air Company
Address: Kajjansi Airfield Off the Entebbe Road
Phone: +256 (0)772 706 107