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There are 7 ways to get from Lilongwe to Maputo by plane, bus, car train, train or car

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Fly  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Lilongwe (LLW) to Maputo (MPM) LLW - MPM

$242 - $334

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Bus Premier BUS Services  •  46 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Matola

$30 - $46

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Bus via Bertrams  •  33 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Bertrams to Maputo

$1,340

Bus  •  33 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg Park to Maputo

$1,340 - $1,348

Bus, car train, train  •  42 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
  2. Take the car train from Johannesburg to Komatipoort
  3. Take the train from Ressano Garcia to Maputo

Bus InterCape  •  43 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Maputo

$73 - $107

Drive  •  24 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Lilongwe to Maputo 1263.7 miles

$200 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Lilongwe to Maputo is to bus which costs $30 - $50 and takes 46 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lilongwe to Maputo is to fly which costs $240 - $340 and takes 7 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lilongwe to Maputo. However, there are services departing from Lilongwe and arriving at Maputo via Old Synagogue and Bertrams. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 28 min.

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The distance between Lilongwe and Maputo is 1340 km. The road distance is 2021.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lilongwe to Maputo without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 28 min and costs $1,341.

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It takes approximately 7 h 47 min to get from Lilongwe to Maputo, including transfers.

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Lilongwe to Maputo bus services, operated by JR Choeu Express & Coaches, depart from Lilongwe station.

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The best way to get from Lilongwe to Maputo is to fly which takes 7 h 47 min and costs $240 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $1,341 and takes 33 h 28 min.

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There is no direct flight from Lilongwe Airport to Maputo Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 15 min and has one stopover.

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Lilongwe to Maputo bus services, operated by TransLux Express, arrive at Maputo station.

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Map of how to get from Lilongwe to Maputo.
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  • Distance: 837.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 47 min

What companies run services between Lilongwe, Malawi and Maputo, Mozambique?

South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique fly from Lilongwe to Maputo 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lilongwe to Maputo via Johannesburg, Old Synagogue, Ellis Park East, and Bertrams in around 33 h 28 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Lilongwe to Maputo via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Kenya Airways
Website
kenya-airways.com
Flights from Lilongwe to Maputo via Nairobi
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$600 - $1,000
Flights from Lilongwe to Maputo via Nairobi, Pemba
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $700
Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique
Website
lam.co.mz
Flights from Lilongwe to Maputo via Nampula
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $380
Train operators
Shosholoza Meyl
Phone
086 000 8888
Website
shosholozameyl.co.za
Car train from Johannesburg to Komatipoort
Ave. Duration
12 h 28 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
shosholozameyl.co.za
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$16 - $23
Mozambique Railways
Website
cfm.co.mz
Train from Ressano Garcia to Maputo
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
cfm.co.mz
Bus operators
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$1,320
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
TransLux Express
Phone
011 774 8304
Email
translux@apx.co.za
Website
translux.co.za
Bus from Bertrams to Maputo
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Bus from Johannesburg to Maputo
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
res.prasa.com
Greyhound ZA
Phone
+27 11 611 8000
Email
enquiries@greyhound.co.za
Website
greyhound.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg Park to Maputo
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $29
Schedules at
greyhound.co.za
InterCape
Citiliner
Phone
087 352 0352
Email
enquiries@citiliner.co.za
Website
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Maputo
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Matola
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
citiliner.co.za
Premier BUS Services
Phone
0999 464 273
Email
premierbusez@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Lilongwe to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
35 h
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
facebook.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Lilongwe to Maputo is 2022 km. It takes approximately 24 h 38 min to drive from Lilongwe to Maputo.

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South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique offer flights from Lilongwe Airport to Maputo Airport.

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There are 92+ hotels available in Maputo. Prices start at $42 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Lilongwe to Lilongwe Airport is to drive which takes 24 min and costs $2 - $4.

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