Transport Fares Double as Festive Season Sets In

As the festive season fever heightens, viagra 40mg buy information pills there’s always significant movement of people from the city to the countryside to have Christmas and New Year with their families.

While this is the case, pharm patient transporters consider this to be their peak season and consequently exploit the high demand to hike transport fares.

Chimpreports visited the Kisenyi and Qualicel bus terminals on Tuesday to ascertain the current fares for bus companies plying different routes within the country.

Most transport companies attributed the hike to increase in passengers moving out of Kampala as well as the negligible numbers moving to Kampala which results into losses.

A ticket from Kampala to Mbarara by popular bus service, Global Coaches now stands at 30,000 from the usual 15,000.

“The increase is as a result of more demand for those going to Mbarara from Kampala as you can see. And also, our buses return while empty so somehow we have to cover those costs,” says Jude Tumwiine, the Manager Global Coaches Ltd for Kampala.

He told Chimpreports that it’s hard to tell when the fares will return to normal since it’s determined by demand. Those travelling to Gulu will now part with 25,000 compared to 20,000 on normal days according to Northern Tours Bus Company.

Phillip Luswata, the manager said; “Passengers have increased so we also raised the fees. The increment is also compensation for the losses incurred on return journeys (from Gulu) since there are no people.”


According to Savanah Coaches which plies Kampala – Rukunguri via Ntungamo, a ticket to Rukungiri has hiked from 20,000 to 50,000. Those disembarking from Mbarara will pay 30,000, said Herbert Mugisha of Savana Coaches.

“However passengers are still low compared to previous years, at this time we expect demand to have increased,” Mugisha told Chimpreports.

A ticket to Kanungu from Kanungu is now 60,000 from 35,000 according to High Way coaches which plies the route. At the Qualicel terminal, buses heading to Western towns of Kasese and Fort Portal have also increased ticket prices.

Link Bus Company now charges 50,000 for passengers bound for both Kasese and Fort Portal. Tickets to Rakai from Kampala by the same company are also at 50,000. During the off peak season, buses plying the Kampala – Kabale route charge 25,000 but this has since shot up (more than double) to 60,000 according to Baby Coach, company.

Regarding cautiousness on road accidents as is always the case, Global Coaches’ manager, Tumwiine told Chimpreports that their drivers are professionals and each bus makes one route on a daily basis.

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