Taxis circulate around the city; you must negotiate the fare with them. As of early 2010, trips inside the city center cost between 1500 and 2500 Burundian francs; journeys to and from the airport may be prohibitively costly (20,000 francs), but there is nothing you can do about it. In town, a cheaper alternative during the day is a moto-taxi, which costs between 500 and 1000 francs each ride, however these were recently prohibited from the city center for safety concerns. Burundians mainly depend on the many mini-buses, which cost 300 francs to anyplace in the city center and 600 francs to the outskirts in mid-2011. Today’s pricing is possibly little higher. Minibuses servicing the city’s north end come and leave from the front of the central market (Marché Central), while those traveling south park in the market’s rear parking lot near the Interbank headquarters. As of 2011, the final mini-buses depart at 10 p.m. After that, it is not recommended to stroll at night; if you need to go anywhere, use a cab.
To hail a ride from the side of the road in any sort of vehicle, extend your hand with your palm facing upward. This is applicable to taxis, buses, motorbikes, and a wide variety of other private and commercial vehicles. Conductors of minibuses will honk and wave their hands to indicate the number of available seats. They will wave their hand with their palm facing downward if the bus is packed. Private automobiles are often used to pick up foreigners needing rides throughout the day. They vary in price from luxury SUVs used by white-collar employees to flat bed pickup trucks that need standing. While payment is not required for short distance hitchhiking, working-class Burundians often exchange money for little favors, so there is no harm in giving.