There are 5 ways to get from Mbeya to Lilongwe by car, plane, bus or train

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

Drive to Chelinda, fly  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Mbeya to Chelinda
  2. Fly from Chelinda (CEH) to Lilongwe (LLW) CEH - LLW

$58 - $268

4 alternative options

Drive to Mzuzu, fly  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Mbeya to Mzuzu
  2. Fly from Mzuzu (ZZU) to Lilongwe (LLW) ZZU - LLW

$64 - $260

Drive, bus  •  2 days 13 h

  1. Drive from Mbeya to Nakonde
  2. Take the bus from Nakonde to Lusaka
  3. Take the bus from Lusaka to Johanneburg
  4. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe

$1,617 - $1,622

Train, Kafue, bus  •  5 days 5 h

  1. Take the train from Mbeya to New Kapiri Mposhi
  2. Take the Kafue from Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka
  3. Take the bus from Lusaka to Johannesburg
  4. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe

Drive  •  11 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Mbeya to Lilongwe 485.1 miles

$75 - $120

What companies run services between Mbeya, Tanzania and Lilongwe, Malawi?

There is no direct connection from Mbeya to Lilongwe. However, you can take the drive to Chelinda airport, fly to Lilongwe, then take the drive to Lilongwe. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Mzuzu airport, fly to Lilongwe, then take the drive to Lilongwe.

Airlines
Nyasa Express
Website
nyasaexpress.com
Flights from Chelinda to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $220
Flights from Chelinda to Lilongwe via Mzuzu
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $220
Flights from Chelinda to Lilongwe via Likoma Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $220
Flights from Chelinda to Lilongwe via Monkey Bay
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Flights from Mzuzu to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $200
Flights from Mzuzu to Lilongwe via Chelinda
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority
Website
tazarasite.com
Train from Mbeya to New Kapiri Mposhi
Ave. Duration
2 days 8 h
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
tazarasite.com
Zambia Railways
Email
info@zrl.com.zm
Website
zrl.com.zm
Train from Kapiri Mposhi to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
zrl.com.zm
Bus operators
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Nakonde to Lusaka
Ave. Duration
12 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
Bus from Lusaka to Johanneburg
Ave. Duration
20 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
juldanmotors.com
JR Choeu Express & Coaches
Phone
(011) 026 - 8800/8805
Email
info@jrchoeu.com
Website
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Lusaka to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
21 h 46 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Lilongwe
Ave. Duration
25 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$1,527
Schedules at
instantonline.co.za
Shalom Bus Services
Phone
+260 966 828610
Website
thebestofzambia.com
Bus from Lusaka to Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
22 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
thebestofzambia.com
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Questions & Answers

The distance between Mbeya and Lilongwe is 565 km. The road distance is 776 km.

The cheapest way to get from Mbeya to Lilongwe is to drive which costs $75 - $120 and takes 11 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Mbeya to Lilongwe is to drive and fly which takes 7 h 5 min and costs $60 - $260.

It takes approximately 7 h 21 min to get from Mbeya to Lilongwe, including transfers.