If you’re arriving by air, you’ll most likely be flying into Entebbe Airport. The airport is located 35km (22 miles) south west of Kampala City.
Other shuttle services are Entebbe Airport Shuttle, Entebbe airport express Pineapple express, go express. These shuttles drop you off at your final destination and can also arrange door-to-door service for you.
You can also use hotel shuttles (e.g. if you have a reservation with Sheraton ask for their shuttle.
Driving directions from Entebbe Airport to Speke Resort Munyonyo
There are various methods of public transportation in Kampala. The fastest method is the boda bodas; motorcycles that you see all over the city. You won’t be in Kampala long before being propositioned by a Boda driver. If you’re not interested, a simple ‘no’ will get them to leave you alone. Men usually ride facing forward while women are expected to ride side saddle; very risky.
To catch a matatu into town, simply stand on the side of the street and wait for a driver to stop, honk, or raise his hand/eyebrows at you. It feels awkward at first but don’t worry, you’re an expat so everyone expects you don’t know. Ask the conductor (he’s the guy holding money, opening the door, and leaning out of the vehicle to recruit passengers) if they’re going to the taxi park. If so, jump in. You’ll pass your money up to him near the park. Check your change.
To catch a matatu out of town, you’ll need to take a deep breath and go into the taxi park. There are two parks, old and new. At first glance, the parks will feel terrifyingly chaotic and just the thought of entering them might make you want to hyperventilate. Rest assured, they are actually quite organized. There are little signs that all the taxi’s group around, find the sign of the place you’re going, walk directly to it, and start asking people where the taxi is for that place. You will be lead to a taxi, once you get in, ask the other people inside if the taxi is, in fact, going to your destination. If they say no, get out and repeat the previous procedure. If yes, great! Now all you have to do is sit there for who knows how long until it fills up.
Matatu/taxi park tips: Not all destinations are at both parks, make sure you’re at the right one. If you are ever on a matatu by yourself for more than a few minutes, get out and find one going to the same place with other people in it. Matatus will hit you- hit them first, seriously, hitting the matatu tells the driver to stop, or better yet, just move out of the way super quick. There are no “stops,” you must say “mas’awo” or “here here” or “stop” to signal the conductor to let you out. You pay on your way out.
Recently introduced to the Kampala public transportation system, Pioneer Bus is a very nice option to take around town. You can identify these buses by their orange and black colors and large size. They resemble city buses you might find back in the U.S. or U.K.
How these buses operate is similar to the matatu system except much more organized. You will find the conductor and driver wearing nice clean uniforms with ties. The service is very professional and friendly. There are set bus stops all over town, which eliminates the sudden stopping and starting. And perhaps the best part of all is the standard fare of 800 UGX no matter how far or near you travel. Yay for no inflated Mzungu prices!
Probably the safest and fastest way for a group of 4 to 5 people to travel in Kampala is by Special Hire Taxi. While these taxi’s are the most expensive of options, they can become quite affordable with the more people you squeeze in.
In general, white or yellow Toyota Corolla’s seem to be the quasi-taxi of choice, and they can be identified by the “taxi” sign on top of the car or by the man yelling out his window at you. There are many taxi stage’s around town including Garden City, the National Theatre, and Pioneer Mall. However if you’re in a rush you can usually flag down one passing by.
The price is dependent on where you are going and how far it is. Remember everything in Uganda is based on bargaining so settle the price with the driver before you get in. Cost usually ranges from 10,000-40,000 UGX.