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There are 2 ways to get from Gulu to Mbale by bus or car

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Bus, drive  •  11h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Gulu to Kampala
  2. Take the bus from Kampala to Malaba
  3. Drive from Malaba to Mbale

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Drive  •  5h 15m

  1. Drive from Gulu to Mbale 332.1 km

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The cheapest way to get from Gulu to Mbale is to drive which costs $45 - $75 and takes 5h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from Gulu to Mbale is to drive. Taking this option will cost $45 - $75 and takes 5h 15m.

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The distance between Gulu and Mbale is 281 km. The road distance is 332.1 km.

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It takes approximately 11h 28m to get from Gulu to Mbale, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Gulu to Mbale is 332 km. It takes approximately 5h 15m to drive from Gulu to Mbale.

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There are 37+ hotels available in Mbale. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Gulu to Mbale.
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  • Distance: 280.9 km
  • Duration: 11h 28m

What companies run services between Gulu, Uganda and Mbale, Uganda?

There is no direct connection from Gulu to Mbale. However, you can take the bus to Kampala, take the bus to Malaba, then take the drive to Mbale. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Mbale.

Bus operators
Friends Coach
+256 200 766100
Bus from Gulu to Kampala
Ave. Duration
Once daily
Estimated price
Schedules at
Buscar E.A Limited
Bus from Kampala to Malaba
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
Once daily

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