Khartoum has a pretty good bus network. It’s actually great if you want to travel long distance and if you travel outside the city centre. If you are in the city centre however, it actually sucks. The reason for this is basically that all busses travel via one central bus station which is on one end of the city centre. So if you are at any place in down town, you can either walk across the centre to jump on a specific bus line –or you can grab any bus back to the central station, then jumble through the masses of other travellers to eventually find the bus line you aim for. I usually pick the first option.
Since I am currently staying at a friend’s house for a couple of days while he is in Finland, the easiest way home is to walk towards Khartoum 2 and then grab any bus at the first roundabout going down towards airport road. Most busses going that direction cost 400 (old pounds, i.e. 10 British pence), but that’s not true for all busses. As I learned today, the bus to “Maju, Sinia” costs between 500 and 700 depending on where you want to get off. But the ticket guys never say anything, they just click their fingers and assume you know the price. So I gave him 400. He looked at me and asked where I want to get off. After I told him, he shrugged, looked at me again and shook his head as if he was trying to say; what a greedy Khawaja, not only is he too cheap to use private transport, he doesn’t even want to pay the normal bus fare. Then he turned around and let me be.