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Organised vans for transporting people and goods against a fee through the country of Madagascar are called taxi-brousse. Usually a taxi-brousse station can be found next to the market of the town.

Destinations and prices are written on the windscreen of each car. A fixed time table does not always exist, most taxi-brousse leave when the car is filled with passengers. Paying for empty seats can accelerate the departure to a considerable degree. At long-distance travels the driver will stop for a break at restaurants or street stands.

Taxi-brousse en-route Ilakaka

Although the number of passengers depends on body volume, there seems to be no limit for goods. Everything what does not fit in the car, will be tied on the roof: large luggage, bicycles, sacks of rice or charcoal, furniture and chickens...

Many drivers mistake the ride with a rally and accidents are not uncommon. It is advisable to make sure the car ride is finished before dark on untarred roads.

An advantage in going by taxi-brousse is not only the low price, it is also getting to know the Malagasy people while sitting squeezed next to each other and listening to the preferred music channel of the driver.

Fresh snacks served through the car window
Taxi-brousse in Ramena Village
Goose on top!
Enjoying the ride

Taxi-brousse stations in Antananarivo

City taxi-brousse in Antananarivo
  • the eastern station in Ampasampito
  • the northern station in Ambodivona
  • the southern in Lalana Pastora Rahajason
  • the western station a couple of hundred metres west of the southern station