Portuguese in Angola

Local Transportation

A bus

City buses have routes that extend efficiently throughout the metropolis. They tend to be crowded and not entirely on time. One pays cash when riding the bus and gets information about routes and schedules from other passengers or people on the street.

An alternative to riding the bus is to use the candonguiero, small, individually owned vans that travel along fixed routes with popular destinations. These vans can stop anywhere along the route to pick up or drop off passengers. The disadvantage to the vans is that drivers tend to fill them with 12 or so passengers rather than 9. The drivers also have a reputation for occasionally reckless driving. These vans start at approximately 5:00 a.m. on weekdays and run into the night, particularly during the weekends when many people are out.