Most local travel in Lilongwe is by minibus. Tourists may find the most useful service is between the Old Town and City Centre. Lilongwe is fairly spread out, so minibuses are a cheap way to get around for adventurous visitors. Taxis are also available from the main hotels and are more expensive.
Hiring a car is an option, although the narrow winding roads of the Old Town are not friendly to cars. Travellers planning to explore Malawi beyond the city will want to hire a 4x4, as the roads around Lilongwe are good. Further afield, the roads deteriorate.