Maputo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Maputo

Life in sunny Maputo is largely lived outside, whether that means enjoying the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe, or simply taking a walk along a street lined with flame trees. You can savor the busy modern vibe of Avenida Marginal, or relax in the slower pace of the coastal Baixa area.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Maputo

1. Beautiful Buildings

Stroll the pretty tree-lined streets of Maputo, with Mediterranean-influenced architectural gems like the train station.

2. Hot Nightlife

Maputo has a renowned live music scene, along with casual beer bars, sophisticated cocktail lounges, sweaty dance clubs, and more to satisfy every taste.

3. Hit the Beach

There are stellar beaches to enjoy in the immediate area, many of them accessible by boat, including Catembe, Ponta do Ouro, Praia da Macaneta, and Inhaca Island in Delagoa Bay.

4. Shop Local

From the Casa Elefante, with its selection of artisan craft work, to the Xipamanine Market every Saturday, you'll find virtually anything you need at markets, including foods, gorgeous batiks and other textile goods, and wood work.

5. Fantastic Food

Local cuisine means a delicious mix of Southern African, Portuguese, South Asian, and Middle Eastern influences, with both traditional and modern fusion cuisine to savor.

Where to Eat in Maputo

Seafood is naturally a local specialty, and you'll find delectable dishes prepared on a grill with beach views at the Restaurante Costa do Sol. Main dishes start at MT400. O Escorpião offers classic Portuguese and Mozambican dishes with mains starting at MT400.

When to visit Maputo

Maputo in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 91
1 night at 3-star hotel
Maputo in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 91
1 night at 3-star hotel

Maputo is a true year-round destination, with a warm, relatively dry climate that varies little from season to season. Temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees.

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How to Get to Maputo

Plane

Maputo International Airport (MPM) is located just under 4 miles from the city center. A taxi to the city should cost about MT500.

Train

Train service to Maputo is limited, with the exception of a daily run to and from Ressano Garcia, which is located on the nearby border of South Africa.

Car

Maputo connects to Johannesburg in South Africa via the N4 highway. It is also feasible to drive to other locations in South Africa, including Durban, along with other centers in Mozambique.

Bus

Daily bus connections are available to Johannesburg, along with other major centers in Mozambique.

Airports near Maputo

Airlines serving Maputo

United Airlines
Good (69,486 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,345 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,610 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,162 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,532 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (5,579 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (5,791 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (3,957 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (2,428 reviews)
South African
Good (1,850 reviews)
Cemair
Good (5 reviews)
TAAG
Good (87 reviews)
Air China
Good (5,755 reviews)
LAM
Good (41 reviews)
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Where to stay in Maputo

Stay in a classic whitewashed Maputo villa at the Hotel Cardoso, where your room overlooks the bay from a cliff. The Hotel Maputo offers classic contemporary furnishings and a convenient location near the Baixa.

Popular neighbourhoods in Maputo

Baixa - this is a busy commercial area where you'll find the old railway station, built by Gustave Eiffel, along with many of the city's markets.

Sommerschield - this is the heart of modern Maputo, where you'll find the Polana Shopping Center along with historic landmarks like the Polana Serena Hotel.

Alto Ma - here you'll find many restaurant and nightlife options, along with attractions like the 1975 Museum of the Revolution.

Where to stay in popular areas of Maputo

Most booked hotels in Maputo

Polana Serena Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 167+
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 186+
Hotel Maputo
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 86+
Catembe Gallery Hotel
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 81+
Villa das Arábias Boutique Hotel
Good (6.1, Good reviews)
C$ 55+
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How to Get Around Maputo

Public Transportation

The most reliable public transportation system comes via the Chapa, or minibuses, but be forewarned that you will likely need some Portuguese to be able to navigate the extensive system. Fares start at MT7.50.

Taxi

You'll recognize official metered taxis by their yellow roofs, but even with the meter, you can negotiate fares. A typical fare across downtown runs about MT150-200.

Car

The city core is fairly compact and can be easily explored on foot, but a car will let you venture beyond the city limits. A compact rental starts at about MT2,800 per day; you'll find Sixt and Euro Rent in town.

Car rental agencies in Maputo

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The Cost of Living in Maputo

Shopping Streets

Street vendors and local shopping can be found virtually anywhere in the Baixa area. For malls, look to the newer areas around Avenida Marginal in the southern part of the city.

Groceries and Other

Spar and Vosso Supermercado are two of the larger chains operating in Maputo, while Mercado Central in the Baixa district sells fresh food. A gallon of milk costs about MT230, and a dozen eggs about MT95.

Cheap meal
C$ 8.81
A pair of jeans
C$ 57.74
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.18
Cappuccino
C$ 1.46