There are 9 ways to get from Zambia to Botswana by plane, bus, train or car

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

Fly Lusaka to Gaborone  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Lusaka (LUN) to Gaborone (GBE) LUN - GBE

$231 - $587

Cheapest option

Kafue, train  •  40 h 35 min

  1. Take the Kafue from Lusaka to Livingstone
  2. Take the train from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo
  3. Take the train from Bulawayo to Francistown
  4. Take the train from Francistown to Gaborone

$9

7 alternative options

Fly Ndola to Gaborone  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Ndola (NLA) to Gaborone (GBE) NLA - GBE

$211 - $762

Fly Ndola to Maun  •  14 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Ndola (NLA) to Maun (MUB) NLA - MUB

$291 - $1,012

Fly Lusaka to Maun  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Lusaka (LUN) to Maun (MUB) LUN - MUB

$341 - $1,137

Bus via Francistown  •  20 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Lusaka to Francistown
  2. Take the bus from Francistown to Gaborone

$35 - $37

Bus, train  •  22 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Lusaka to Francistown
  2. Take the train from Francistown to Gaborone

$34

Bus Juldan Motors  •  26 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Lusaka to Johanneburg
  2. Take the bus from Johannesburg to Gaborone

$69

Drive  •  17 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Lusaka to Gaborone 892.5 miles

$160 - $240

What companies run services between Zambia and Botswana?

South African Airways, Rwandair Express and two other airlines fly from Lusaka to Mogoditshane every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lusaka to Gaborone via Francistown in around 20 h 30 min.

Airlines
South African Airways
Website
flysaa.com
Flights from Lusaka to Gaborone via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Ndola to Gaborone via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Flights from Ndola to Maun via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Ndola to Maun via Johannesburg, Capetown
Ave. Duration
18 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$410 - $1,400
Flights from Ndola to Maun via Lusaka, Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
17 h 20 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Lusaka to Maun via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Air Botswana
Website
airbotswana.co.bw
Flights from Ndola to Maun via Johannesburg, Gaborone
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Ndola to Maun via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
18 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from Lusaka to Maun via Johannesburg
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Air Namibia
Website
airnamibia.com
Flights from Lusaka to Gaborone via Durban
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $2,100
Train operators
Botswana Railways
Phone
+267 4711375
Email
info@botrail.bw
Website
botswanarailways.co.bw
Train from Francistown to Gaborone
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9
Schedules at
botswanarailways.co.bw
Zambia Railways
Email
info@zrl.com.zm
Website
zrl.com.zm
Train from Lusaka to Livingstone
Ave. Duration
12 h 27 min
Frequency
On demand
Schedules at
zrl.com.zm
NRZ
Website
nrz.co.zw
Train from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Train from Bulawayo to Francistown
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
nrz.co.zw
Bus operators
AT and T Monnakgotla
Website
monnakgotla.co.bw
Bus from Lusaka to Francistown
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
monnakgotla.co.bw
Bus from Johannesburg to Gaborone
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
monnakgotla.co.bw
Seabelo Group
Phone
+267 395 7078
Email
kenneth@seabelo.bw
Website
seabelo.bw
Bus from Francistown to Gaborone
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $12
Schedules at
seabelo.bw
Juldan Motors
Phone
260 955 776315
Email
juldanmotors2012@gmail.com
Website
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
InterCape
Phone
+27 (0)21 380 4400
Email
info@intercape.co.za
Website
intercape.co.za
Bus from Johannesburg to Gaborone
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
intercape.co.za

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zambia and Botswana is 1011 km. The road distance is 1428 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zambia to Botswana is to Kafue and train which costs $9 and takes 40 h 35 min.

The quickest way to get from Zambia to Botswana is to fly which takes 4 h 36 min and costs $230 - $600.

No, there is no direct bus from Zambia to Botswana. However, there are services departing from Lusaka and arriving at Gaborone via Francistown. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 30 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Zambia to Botswana, including transfers.