Despite its low visitor numbers, the city has a surprisingly high number of international links, which mostly serve Angolans residing abroad (such as in Brazil) and an increasing number of enterprises serving the oil and diamond sectors, as well as rehabilitation (done largely by Chinese workers and Brazilian firms). A few airlines continue to run routes based on Cold War relationships (to Havana and Moscow).
The city serves as the hub for the national carrier TAAG Angola Airlines, one of only three profitable airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa, with flights to 15 Angolan towns. They have regular flights to Johannesburg as well as Douala, Cameroon; Sal, Cape Verde; Bangui, CAR; Kinshasa, DRC; Brazzaville and Pointe Noire in the Congo; Windhoek, Namibia; Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe; Lusaka, Zambia; and Harare, Zimbabwe. Dubai, Beijing (via Dubai), Lisbon, Paris, and trans-Atlantic flights to Rio de Janeiro, So Paulo, and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil are among its long-haul destinations.
SonAir, in addition to TAAG, serves around a dozen airports throughout the nation. International service includes flights to/from Dubai (Emirates), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), London-Heathrow (BA), Paris-de Gaulle (Air France), Windhoek (Air Namibia), Brussels (Brussels Airlines), Havana (Cubana, seasonal), Moscow (Aeroflot), Beijing (Hainan, via Dubai), Addis Ababa (Ethiopian), and Lisbon (Brazil Airlines) (TAP Portugal).
When leaving the nation, do not take any kwanza to the airport since it is unlawful to attempt to carry kwanza out of the country; you may be detained by fiscal police and fined (all your kwanza and most of your other money) or imprisoned.
Rail services in Angola have improved dramatically in recent years. Reconstruction and modernisation are being carried out by Chinese companies, repairing what was once Africa’s most extensive rail network under colonial authority. Trains, on the other hand, are only of limited service to tourists since they primarily serve commuters. The long-distance services from Malanje are an exception. It is worth noting that train services continue to have a bad reputation for being unsafe.
All long-distance trains arrive at the ‘Estaço Central de Luanda,’ which is situated north of the city center on Largo Eng. Pedro Folque.
The National Bus Service has just reopened, however routes have not yet been established. Local services are available in Luanda and between cities.
The coastal highway that connects the DR Congo and Namibia will be the primary route for visitors. It’s a beautiful location that’s also in decent condition. Roads, especially a few six-lane roads heading out of the city, are a primary priority in restoration operations. It’s possible to expect a combination of shaky ancient roadways and smooth modern roads.