Francistown is a major transportation hub in Northeastern Botswana and is the gateway to northern Botswana.
A1: Connects Francistown to Gaborone in the south and to Zimbabwe in the north.
A3: Connects Francistown to Nata and Maun to the west.
Buses about every hour from Gaborone and the trip takes 5-7 hours.
Because it is a transportation hub, Francistown connects to most other villages and towns in the northern part of the country. Direct buses travel to tourist destinations like Maun and Kasane.
Francistown has its own international airport which is undergoing a P500 million expansion.
The airport is only served commercially by Air Botswana.
Air Botswana offers two daily flights from Gaborone, and flights from Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Trains run nightly from Lobate, next to the border with South Africa, via the capital Gaborone. Journey time is about 10 hours, arriving in Francistown early next morning. Additionally, there is an daily cross-border train from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Botswana Railways offers timetables and online booking.
There is a daily night train each way between Francistown and Lobatse using refurbished trains from South Africa.
Prices are comparable to the U.S.
- The “Hype” store and “Game” are similar to a Sam’s Club or Costco and Wal-Mart.
- Pick & Pay and Shoprite supermarkets.
- Barbara’s Bistro (at the Sport Club), ☎+267 241 3737.
- Calabash Coffee Shop (on the corner of Baines and St Patrick), ☎+267 240 3360.
- Nando’s Chicken. The chicken at Nando’s is excellent with Caribbean flavors.
- Spur Restaurant. Spur has decent burgers and steaks.