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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Uganda has a decent public bus system, having two classes of buses. The "taxis" (also called "matatus") are actually minibuses or commuter vans, which run fixed routes. Both methods of travel are reasonable and cheap between major centres, and is a good choice for backpackers with time, but many companies do not run on a reliable schedule.
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Uganda has a decent bus system. There are two classes of buses. The "taxis" (also called "matatus") are actually minibuses or commuter vans, which run fixed routes (see next section). Both methods of travel are reasonable and cheap between major centres, and is a good choice for backpackers with time, but many companies do not run on a reliable schedule.
  
 
Depending on the distance you wish to cover and your destination, your route may be better served by a taxi/mutatu or a bus. Bus connections are more often found with Western & Northern Uganda, while Eastern Uganda is more commonly served by taxis. Most routes are served by several companies that compete for customers. Prices often vary by company, with more reputable bus companies charging more for the same route (see more on Bus companies below).
 
Depending on the distance you wish to cover and your destination, your route may be better served by a taxi/mutatu or a bus. Bus connections are more often found with Western & Northern Uganda, while Eastern Uganda is more commonly served by taxis. Most routes are served by several companies that compete for customers. Prices often vary by company, with more reputable bus companies charging more for the same route (see more on Bus companies below).
  
Most mutatus/buses leave only once they are full, so if you're at at one of the terminal destinations and wish to avoid waiting, you may want to check how many passengers are on the bus before buying a ticket and visit the offices of competing companies. Be aware that most company representatives will try to make it appear that the bus is leaving "right now" or "at 9 o'clock" but this is almost never the case, as these rarely leave with empty seats and do not follow a strict schedule, waiting up two hours past the scheduled time in order to fill the bus.
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Most buses leave only once they are full, so if you're at at one of the terminal destinations and wish to avoid waiting, you may want to check how many passengers are on the bus before buying a ticket and visit the offices of competing companies. Be aware that most company representatives will try to make it appear that the bus is leaving "right now" or "at 9 o'clock" but this is almost never the case, as these rarely leave with empty seats and do not follow a strict schedule, waiting up two hours past the scheduled time in order to fill the bus.
  
 
If you're at destination through which a bus passes through, travel becomes a lot more unpredictable as buses passing through may be full. They may either pass by waiting passengers without stopping or, more likely, will let you on and require you to stand until other passengers reach their destination.
 
If you're at destination through which a bus passes through, travel becomes a lot more unpredictable as buses passing through may be full. They may either pass by waiting passengers without stopping or, more likely, will let you on and require you to stand until other passengers reach their destination.

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