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Euro-Africa Bus Services is an established family business and one of the first private bus companies to introduce luxury coach travel to the general public in 1994. The company provides a fast and efficient coach service, with daily routes between Lusaka, Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi, Ndola and Kitwe with no compromise on safety and comfort levels. Euro-Africa Bus Services also offers an affordable courier service that lets customers send or receive parcels.
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Pioneers of the Zambia-Malawi route, Kobs Coach Services is one of the few bus companies catering for this route into neighbouring Malawi. The company also has a route to the Copperbelt from Chipata. Kobs' high level of customer service includes advance ticketing, mobile ticket payments, a daily business class service from Lusaka to Chipata and en-route safety measures. Customers can also purchase tickets using Airtel Mobile Money. All coaches offer comfortable seating space with reclining chairs.
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Since 1996, Shalom Bus Services have been offering quality coach services to the everyday traveller, the business traveller and the adventure tourist. It has recently introduced a new route from Lusaka to Johannesburg via Chirundu, returning via Victoria Falls. For the convenience of its customers, it runs a fleet of 36 buses, made up of 7 luxury coaches and 29 standard buses. Bookings can be made in advance. Buses are driven by professional, experienced drivers and are comprehensively insured. Shalom also offers a reliable postal and courier service.
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CR Holdings is a well established and professionally run coach company in Zambia with over 16 years experience in bus services. CR Holdings provides quality travel in Southern Africa, with a fleet of 37, 60-seater luxury coaches and regular bus services to over 20 towns in Zambia, as well as to Johannesburg, South Africa. The coach's 'Twaba pa Lwendo' scheme offers a 15% discount on fares and free luggage allowance to passengers who have a medical scheme with Momentum Zambia.
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With an outstanding record for safety, service and reliability, Intercape is one of the leading service providers in the coach industry. It has one of the largest infrastructures in the intercity industry, with well organised offices and support depots in Windhoek, Maputo, Gaborone, Upington, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, George, Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, King Williams Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, and towns across Zambia.
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For affordable access to Zambia's major towns between Lusaka and the Copperbelt, Power Tools is the way to go. With a fleet of 15 luxury coaches, Power Tools believes in the importance of good timekeeping. Each coach comfortably seats 69 passengers with ample leg space. The coaches have sufficient ventilation with sliding windows and in-car entertainment which includes a TV and music system. With every ten tickets a passenger accumulates, they qualify for one complimentary ticket.
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Whilst several coach companies operate between Lusaka and the Copperbelt, Ticklays Coach Service goes from Lusaka to Solwezi right up to Mwinilunga in North-western province, providing a unique and valuable service to and from this expanding mining industry region. This company operates seven days a week, public holidays inclusive, and also makes stops in Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi, Ndola, Kitwe, Chingola and Solwezi. Seats may be booked in advance by contacting Ticklays using the contact details below.
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Established in 1983, Mazhandu Family Bus Services gives adventure travellers, businessmen and the public at large a superior, reliable and luxury coach service from Lusaka to Livingstone and the Copperbelt. The company also has a route to Kazangula, and one to Katimamulilo. Key standards that Mazhandu adheres to are the importance of time management, quality service, high levels of safety and dependable travel packages.
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Coach travel in Zambia

Bus travel is a popular mode of transport for both local and international visitors to the country. There are a number of bus operators available, offering both economy and luxury rides. Many also offer cross-border journeys, into neighbouring states making for an authentic African travel experience. The coaches are comfortable and feature normal coach creature comforts and some even have specially designed sleeper chairs to make your ride more pleasant. In addition, several private companies run comfortable European-style express buses along the major routes which include between Lusaka and Livingstone, Lusaka and Chipata, and Lusaka and the Copperbelt region. Some bus operators in Zambia offer business class buses with high grade reclining seats, calf support and extra leg space. These ultra-luxury buses are designed to give first class luxury and comfort at affordable prices.

Facilities on board

Most coaches offer double and single decker luxury coaches which feature audio and visual entertainment, reclining seats, air-conditioning, reading lights, heaters and onboard toilet facilities. Some coaches are also equipped with safety technology such as drive cam, satellite tracking, and advance fire protection. The coaches are well maintained and comfortable, and they tend to reach their destinations in good time - albeit sometimes at high speed.

Departure

The first bus leaves as early as 05.00 in the morning - and fairly punctual too; it's advisable to be there half an hour ahead of the listed departure time and tickets for these buses can often be bought the day before. They have a seat number system in place, in order to avoid confusion when boarding. Coaches have scheduled stops along the route and this will be announced by the on-board crew before a scheduled stop.

Luggage

Each fare-paying passenger is permitted to take, free of charge and at own risk, two pieces of luggage, each of which does not exceed 80 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm in size, of a total mass not exceeding 20 kg for local routes, and 30 kg for cross-border routes. Luggage will be weighed, and luggage exceeding the allowance will be charged an additional rate per kilogram. Passengers should receive an Inter-cape luggage sticker when boarding, which you should keep safe throughout the journey.