By car

The best way to get to Swakopmund is by road from Windhoek. The B2 is the main road from Windhoek, and takes 5 hours by car.

By minibus

As there is no public transport in Namibia, the minibus operators took over this role and provide transport for small budgets. A minibus a mainly a Japanese small track, with up to 12 seats. But there is no reason to take more than 20 passengers for a ride. Pay immediately and try to get yourself a seat next to the driver for a bit more space. The entire luggage will be stored on the top of the minibus, keeping in mind that there is a lot of things to transport. For black people the minibus is the only opportunity to visit relatives far away. The minibuses operate from Windhoek almost every 2-3 hours, ask the taxi drivers where the buses leave. It is very special to use as a white person the major means of transport of black people. There are multiple taxi ranks in Windhoek for different destinations, so make sure you find the right one.

By plane

Air Namibia: Air Namibia is the national airline of Namibia and offers flights from Windhoek and Cape Town in South Africa. These flights will be served from Walvis Bay. You can check the website for available flights:

South African Airways: This is the national airline of South Africa. They operate flights from Johannesburg and Caoe Town. The website is

small aircraft companies :  There are numerous small aircraft providers in Namibia.  They fly from destination to destination on an individual tour. This is the quickest way to travel long distances, but also the most expensive. 

On a tour or safari

Swakopmund is a frequent one or two night stop on most tours around Namibia. There are many tour operator doing tours both from Namibia and from outside, such as South Africa.

By bus

The Mini Buses are very cheap and an experience for white people, they have no fixed time schedule, no fixed bus stops and are often overloaded. A very good alternative with more comfort and more planning security are the following operators:

  • Intercape: operates a service from Windhoek via Okahandja. Intercape service also extends to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Website
  • Econolux

By train

The train service to Windhoek will take up to one day (24h).