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There are 5 ways to get from Bulawayo to Kariba by train, car, ferry or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, drive, ferry  •  12 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Bulawayo to Dete
  2. Drive from Dete to Mlibizi
  3. Take the ferry from Mlibizi to Kariba

$145

Cheapest option

Fly to Lusaka, drive  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Bulawayo (BUQ) to Lusaka (LUN) BUQ - LUN
  2. Drive from Lusaka to Kariba

$143 - $724

3 alternative options

Drive  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Bulawayo to Kariba 423.2 miles

Fly to Harare, drive  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Bulawayo (BUQ) to Harare (HRE) BUQ - HRE
  2. Drive from Harare to Kariba

Fly to Jeki, drive  •  25 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Bulawayo (BUQ) to Jeki (JEK) BUQ - JEK
  2. Drive from Jeki to Kariba

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The cheapest way to get from Bulawayo to Kariba is to train and drive and ferry which costs $145 and takes 12 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bulawayo to Kariba is to fly and drive which costs $140 - $750 and takes 7 h 5 min.

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The distance between Bulawayo and Kariba is 405 km. The road distance is 677.1 km.

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It takes approximately 12 h 34 min to get from Bulawayo to Kariba, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Bulawayo Airport to Lusaka Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 20 min and has one stopover.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bulawayo to Kariba is 677 km. It takes approximately 8 h 15 min to drive from Bulawayo to Kariba.

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Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwandair Express and four other airlines offer flights from Bulawayo Airport to Lusaka Airport.

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There are seven+ hotels available in Kariba. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Bulawayo to Bulawayo Airport is to taxi which takes 21 min and costs $28 - $35.

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Map of how to get from Bulawayo to Kariba.
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  • Distance: 252.9 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 34 min

What companies run services between Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Kariba, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe?

There is no direct connection from Bulawayo to Kariba. However, you can take the train to Dete, take the drive to Mlibizi, take the ferry to Kariba, then take the drive to Kariba. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Kariba.

Airlines
Proflight Zambia
Website
proflight-zambia.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Harare, Lusaka
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,400
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Johannesburg, Lusaka
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka
Ave. Duration
22 h 35 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Johannesburg, Lusaka, Mfuwe
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,400
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Johannesburg, Ndola, Lusaka
Ave. Duration
23 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,400
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Johannesburg, Livingstone
Ave. Duration
29 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Bulawayo to Jeki via Harare, Nairobi, Lusaka
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,300
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Lusaka via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,300
Air Zimbabwe
Website
airzimbabwe.aero
Flights from Bulawayo to Harare
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $470
Fastjet
Website
fastjet.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Harare
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $190
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Lusaka via Harare
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Lusaka via Harare
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Rwandair Express
Website
rwandair.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Lusaka via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Emirates
Website
emirates.com
Flights from Bulawayo to Lusaka via Harare
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $650
Train operators
NRZ
Website
nrz.co.zw
Train from Bulawayo to Dete
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Ferry operators
Kariba Ferries
Phone
+263 (4) 614162-7
Email
reservations@karibaferries.co.zw
Website
karibaferries.com
Ferry from Mlibizi to Kariba
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$145
Schedules at
karibaferries.com

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