Busing from Maputo to Pemba

Connie created the topic: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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We are flying into Maputo late on Saturday May 29 and want to go north to Pemba by bus as fast as possible. Any creative ideas?

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mozman replied the topic: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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There are many buses heading north from Maputo but your best option if in a hurry and minimum number of stops is TCO (Transportes Carlos Oliveira) which goes Maputo - Nampula direct. I have not used TCO but have seen their luxury double-deckers speeding along the main roads in Moz.

Once in Nampula get a Mecula bus to Pemba. Note that most bus departures are at 0400 in the morning.

Got this off the web:
viagensdairis.blogspot.com/2009/12/tco-maputo-numbers.html

"The person writes about his troubles in getting the right TCO location, and all that stuff. Unfortunately, he mentioned he finally managed to get the numbers, but didn’t post them on his blog. So now I am going to share on my blog all the information I found out, as Jaime the 60-year-old-looking-only-31 driver found out where the TCO office was and took me there today (and yes, I did get my tickets. Will go to Maxixe on the 29th – leaving at 4am!!! Have to be at the bus place at 3am! – and getting back on Jan 3, 2010).

TCO Maputo office numbers: 825796000 or 21300634
TCO Nampula office number: 26213080".

Mike


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Andreas Martin replied the topic: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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I´ve been with the TCO buses a few times. They are quite fast indeed, but expensive as well. I remember my ticket from Quelimane to Caia, which is about 200km distant, and I payed 380 MZM. That is a lot. And if you want to go the whole distance from Maputo to Pemba, I think flying is the better option and maybe even cheaper ! I flew from Maputo to Nampula 2 years ago and payed about 100 Euros. I do not know, but I guess the TCO busses on this long distance are not much cheaper all in all.
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Chafrique replied the topic: Re: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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Can someone tell me if it's safe for a girl alone to take the TCO bus from Maputo to Nampula?

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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yes general travel for lone women travellers in Mozambique is considered fairly safe. Be friendly but cautious and of course keep away from quiet backroads and dress in long loose pants or skirt.

Moz men can be a little chauvenistic but usually not abusive, unless drunk - the usual...

Mike

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mozman replied the topic: Re: Busing from Maputo to Pemba

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Just an update (May 23, 2012) regarding public transport Maputo to Beira and Maputo to Nampula:

My first suggestion would be to get to TCO office in Maputo (see links below)

www.clubofmozambique.com/solutions1/faq3.php?cat_id=41

www.mozambiquebackpackers.com/downloads/TCO.pdf

But then I remembered a new company called Zhi Cheng (or something) doing Maputo to Beira overnight with BEDS no less!

So a bit of a dig got this gem that I think about covers what you are looking for:

happensonlyinafrica.blogspot.com/2012/01...ozambique-day-1.html
"Day 2:5th Jan, 2012; After a good night's rest, I woke up fresh; all pumped up to go do my chores in the city! 0800 on the clock, we hit the road; first stop to TCO office to book my bus to Nampula.
We got there in no time luckily, but I didn't matter anyways cause all the tickets were booked until the 12th January. So I headed to the LAM office to check flights to nampula;
there were flights available, but priced approximately $550 for a one way ticket!!! I then headed back to TCO to check if they could accommodate me any earlier! When we parked there, we saw a board called Zhe Cheng Transportes; got inside the office and found only one ticket to Beira (half way to Nampula) departing that noon at 1500 and the next available bus was only on 10th. Didn't think twice about it; rushed to the forex and got my money changed to Meticais. Got back to the office and collected my ticket."

So thanks, Senhor Stranger Blogger (no name on the profile), your KARMA has just increased exponentially.

Mike
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