Burundi

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

Burundi Franc (Bufr) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Bufr 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Bufr 10, 5 and 1.
1 Euro = 790.566 Bif 1 BIF = 0.001265 Euro (EUR)

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Burundi , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Offices: Monday to Friday 7:30am to 12pm and again from 2pm to 5:30pm.
Banks: Monday to Friday 8am to 11:30am and again from 3pm to 4pm.
Government: Tuesday to Friday 7am to 12pm and again from 2pm to 5pm Saturday and Monday, 8am to 11:30am.
Retail: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12pm and again from 3pm to 6pm Saturday 8:30am 12:30pm.



Transportation

Road
Most roads are sealed. There are main roads east from Bujumbura to Muramvya (once the royal city of Burundi) and south to Gitega. Both journeys can be completed without too much strain during the dry season, but any road travel can be difficult in the rainy season. Traffic drives on the right. Bus: There are services around Bujumbura and main towns only. Japanese-style minibuses operate between towns and are normally cheaper and less crowded than share-taxis; departures (when the vehicle is full) are normally from bus stands. Taxi: Tanus-tanus (truck taxis) are usually available but they are often crowded. Car hire: It may be possible to arrange some form of car hire via a local garage. Documentation: Driving licenses issued by the UK are acceptable.
Note: Public transport outside Bujumbura is reported to be dangerous. Motorists should be aware that land mines have exploded in a number of areas in and around Bujumbura, as well as other parts of the country. Travel through the edgy enclaves of the capital city is certainly to be avoided, especially at night.



Rail
There are no trains in Burundi.

Air
Burundi's national airline is Air Burundi (PB). Other airlines serving Bujumbura include Cameroon Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. There are no direct flights from Europe or the USA at present.
International airport: Bujumbura International (BJM) is 11km (7 miles) north of the city. Taxis are available to and from the city.
Departure tax: US$20.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .bi



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Ja / Oui
No = Nein / Non
Thank you = Dank u / Merci
Hello = Hallo, goedendag / Bonjour
Good morning = Goede morgen / Bonjour
Goodbye = Tot ziens / Au revoir, Adieu
I do not understand = Ik begrijp het niet / Je ne comprends pas
How much does this cost? = Hoeveel kost dat ? / Quel est le prix? Combien ça coûte?
I would like to buy... = Ik zou willen . kopen / Je voudrais acheter...
Do you accept credit cards? = Accepteert u creditcards? / Acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit?
Where is...? = Waar is...? / Où est...?
Airport = Een luchthaven / un aéroport
Train station = Een station / La gare
Post office = Het postkantoor / La Poste
Bank = De bank / La banque
Police station = Het politiebureau / Le poste de police, la gendarmerie
Pharmacy, Chemists = De apotheek / La pharmacie
One ticket to, please = Een kaartje naar . alstublieft / Un billet pour..., s'il vous plaît
Are there any vacancies for tonight? = Hebt u nog kamers vrij voor vanavond ? / Avez-vous des chambres disponibles pour ce soir?

 


Languages spoken


Last modified in January 2006
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