Officially, there is a city bus, which has lately been boosted by the donation to Kinshasa of several older Belgian vehicles to enhance the routes. This system pales in contrast to Kinshasa’s “taxi” system, which arose spontaneously to meet the city’s demands.
These taxis are essentially minibuses. They follow pre-determined itineraries between the “stops,” which are embarkation places. The cost of traveling between these locations is normally approximately 350 Francs. If one’s destination requires many stops, various cabs must be boarded to finish the journey, which might take a long time during peak traffic hours.
People waiting at the stops will use a variety of hand signals to indicate which way they are traveling. If they are traveling in the same direction and there is room in the cab, a taxi will stop and pick them up.
For the natives, this approach works wonderfully. It may be challenging for tourists and foreigners since they must know the hand signals, be familiar with the routes, be prepared to sit in tight, hot cars with a large number of other people, and cope with the possible risks of these vehicles, as many are barely road-worthy. For individuals unfamiliar with the system, traveling in this way need local assistance. Because the drivers do not understand English, it will be necessary to speak French or Lingala.
Traditional cabs are also available for hiring. They may be hired for a single run or for the whole day. This is a risky profession that should be approached with caution (particularly at airports), since there are individuals who will transport passengers to distant regions and loot them. Again, getting aid from a local or employing drivers who have been recommended by others in the region is the best option. The rates for these cabs vary greatly, and if the driver does not seem to be of African heritage, an automatic surcharge will be imposed.