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About Antananarivo

Madagascar’s capital and meaning “the city of thousands”, Antananarivo is the country’s largest city. Showing economic and social development in the recent years, the city is also dense in cultivated areas. Known as Tana, the city has many visitors to its historical structures among of which are The Pirate Museum, Queen Palace, Lac Anosy, Ambohimanga Palace, Tsimbazaza Zoo, Prime Minister’s Palace and the art and Archaeology Museum.

Because of its location in the southern hemisphere, it has warm climate conditions. With a regular rainfall regime, the temperature is at an average balance. You can also see rainfall during arid months. In most of the city, it is possible to come across a different plant or animal species. With its own traditional cuisine in the forefront, it is also possible to see hints of other cultures. With fast-food areas located in the city, with nightlife not as popular, it is as little enough to say there is no nightlife. There are a couple of clubs and live music providing bars in the city centers. The bazaar places named Zoma is the liveliest places to do shopping. Here, local sellers sell a variety of foods of vegetables, fruits, and meat.

Located near the airport, you can find handmade African things in Digue. Especially the Donia Festival that takes place in the month of May, brings together different types of art. Other than that, coordinated every year, Hira Gasy Festival, Madajazzcar Music Festival and Famadihana draws many tourists to the city.

Transportation to Antananarivo City Center from Airport

 

Ivato Intl. Airport

Buses from Ivato Airport to Antananarivo are the only means of public transportation available. There are also additional taxi, shuttle and car rental alternatives. You can rent a car or take a taxi for a more comfortable transportation. It takes a maximum of 40 minutes to reach the city from the airport.

Bus

If you want to use public transport to go directly from Ivato Airport to Antananarivo, you should go to the bus stops at the exit of the terminal. The city buses operated by the ADEMA Company provide the most reliable transportation between the airport and Antananarivo city center. Busses, which are usually scheduled according to the flight times, have frequent intervals throughout the day. It takes about 30-35 minutes to get to the city from Antananarivo airport by bus. You do not require any pre-booking while purchasing your ticket. The buses stop at many known hotels. You must pay 10,000 Madagascar Ariary for the bus ticket according to the prices of 2016.

Taxi

The most practical and quick way to get to Antananarivo city center from Ivato Airport is to use taxis. You can easily see the taxi stops when you leave the terminal. From the airport you can reach Antananarivo city center in 20 minutes by taxi. The fare you will be charged for this journey is 4-6 Euros ($ 2) on average. If you will be travelling at night, you would be prepared to pay a little more.

Car Rental

It is a good idea to do a preliminary research about the domestic and foreign car rental companies at the airport terminal to go to Antananarivo city center from Ivato Airport by your own vehicle. By reserving in advance, you can rent a car at more reasonable prices. It is possible to reach the city center of Antananarivo in about 20 minutes by a car that you rent with your international driving license. Some of the car rental companies at the Ivato Airport terminal are Hertz (+2610202266068), Avis (+261202261027), Sixt (+261202229749), Europcar (+261202333647), and Budget (+261340581113).

Weather in Antananarivo

DayMin - Max
SundayMin 9ºC - Max 23ºC
MondayMin 8ºC - Max 24ºC
TuesdayMin 11ºC - Max 24ºC
WednesdayMin 13ºC - Max 23ºC
ThursdayMin 11ºC - Max 24ºC

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