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Antsirabe (City of much salt) is located in the central highlands of Madagascar. In 2005, it had an population of around 177,000.

Get in[edit]

Taxis-brousse from Antananarivo's southern bus station (3hr 10,000Ar) drops you 3km from the main parts of town, pousse-pousse there for 5,000Ar.

Get Around[edit]

Most tourists prefer to take a "Push-Push," which is a colorfully painted rickshaw.

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Antsirabe Train Station. The Malagasy railway network dates from the colonial period, though breakdowns are frequent and many lines are now closed. The Antsirabe Train Station is an architecturally interesting example of colonial building techniques, though in 2007 it was closed due to problems with the line to the capital city.

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Lac Tratriva. Natural Crater lake 30 minutes outside of town that can be accessed by car and then a short hike.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Crock Inn. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The staff have some limited English skills. Associated with the Aro Hotel.

Chez Billy. Serves lunch and dinner. Also has lodgings. French owned and operated, great place for tourists.

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  • Chez Billy is probably the most frequented budget place with rooms starting at 25000 Ar (the back room is 20000). This place is located in the center of town. Wifi included.
  • cercle mess mixte is probably the cheapest option if you are not tenting. Rooms are worn down but start at 15000 Ar. This place is located a bit north of town, in between the center and the taxi brousse stand.
  • Green Park Hotel provides rooms and bungalows for 30000 Ar. and more, but also allows for camping (7000 Ar.). Wifi included.


  • Aro Hotel. In summer 2007, nightly fees ranged around US$40. Located in the center of town near the old train station.

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