Mutare is the fourth largest city in Zimbabwe.
Altough Mutare has an small airstrip there are no regular scheduled services however airtaxi or small private planes may land. Nearest international gateway is in the capital of Harare.
An overnight train service links also connects with the capital three times a week leaving Harare 9PM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Arrivial time is early morning the next day just after dawn, at 5:20AM according to schedule. Services have been in decline for the past few years, don't expect top-notch conditions.
Roads are decent and asphalted but potholes are common. Highway A3 leads inlands towards Harare while A9 turns southwards. Across the border to the east is EN9 which connects with the costal city of Beira. There are no combi buses from the border to Mutare--a taxi from the border to the city center should be $10 max. Traffic can be heavy since this is one of Zimbabwes main routs to the ocean. There is also alot of cross-border traffic with people visiting the nearby cities of Manica and Chimoio
Commuter buses are a popular way of travelling, both for traffic across the border and from outlying villages. Except a rough ride however! Long-distance buses are also avalible from Harare.
Mrs Ann Bruce, 99 Fourth Street, Mutare. Great location, very secure and clean. Well run and friendly geust house near city center. Rooms 15 USD per person per night.