Transport Fares to Different Routes as of August 24, 2023

At all the six city bus terminals of Global, Kisenyi, Namayiba, Link, Tausi and Kalita, many travellers could be seen with their luggage, wondering what to do next. For some, the option of boarding either one of the few available 14-seater taxis or 30-seat coasters was a possible option but this would come at a cost.

Taxi operators have quickly taken advantage of the unfolding transport emergency to double, and in some cases, triple their fares, leaving those who cannot afford the new rates stuck.

A very frustrated Rebecca Nabwe, whom we found at Kisenyi Bus Terminal, had planned to travel to Mbarara yesterday morning for a family visit. However, her journey was halted by the bus strike. She couldn’t travel because of the inflated transport fares being charged by taxis.

“We are suffering. A Coaster [omnibus] to Mbarara now costs Shs70,000 and a taxi costs Shs90,000, from Shs30,000 using a bus. I can’t travel to see my parents, I will travel when the situation normalises because I can’t afford the fares,” Ms Nabwe said.

Another affected traveller, Mr Brian Ogwok, who was travelling to Lira District, decried the sudden spike in transport fares and asked government to intervene.

“The taxi operators have now taken advantage of the fact that bus operators are on strike and they are exploiting travellers who are desperate to travel. Something should be done by the authorities,” Mr Ogwok said.

Transport Fares to Different Routes as of August 23, 2023

RouteBus Fare (Shs)Taxi Fare (Shs)Omnibus Fare (Shs)
Mbarara30,00090,00070,000
Gulu35,00050,00040,000
Lira35,00050,00040,000
Arua50,00070,00050,000
Amuru50,00060,00060,000
Nebbi40,00040,00040,000
Yumbe65,00070,00065,000
Kitgum40,00040,00040,000
Soroti35,00040,00040,000
Kabale40,00045,00045,000
Rukungiri40,00045,00040,000
Ibanda35,00035,00035,000
Kagadi30,00050,00040,000
Masindi20,00030,00025,000
Hoima25,00030,00025,000
Bushenyi40,00050,00045,000
Fort Portal40,00045,00040,000
Kasese50,00050,00050,000
Kyegewa25,00030,00030,000
Ntungamo35,00040,00035,000
Kamwenge45,00050,00050,000
Bushenyi40,00060,00050,000
Kyegewa25,00035,00030,000
Kagadi30,00030,00030,000

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