About 320km north of Lusaka, Ndola is Zambia's second largest city and the heart of the Copperbelt. Considering its strong industrial base, it is a pleasant city with broad, leafy streets and little to indicate its industry apart from a certain air of prosperity.
Getting thereBy air
Ndola's airport is on the southern side of the centre of town; it is well signposted off to the right as you enter town from the south. It is well served by Zambia Airways, with excellent links at least once per day to Lusaka, and occasional links to Lubumbashi in the DRC.By bus
Ndola's main bus terminus is at the southern end of Chimwemwe Road, less than 1km south of the Savoy Hotel – though some buses can be caught around the back of the Savoy. There are very frequent links to the other towns of the Copperbelt, and also Lusaka. To reach Northern Zambia (accessed via the road through Mkushi and Serenje) first get a southbound (probably Lusaka) bus and change at Kapiri Mposhi.By train
There are regular departures from Ndola to Livingstone, and back, stopping at all stations – but these are too slow to be of use to many travellers.Hitchhiking
Ndola is quite a big town, meaning that good hitch spots are a long walk from the centre – so consider getting a taxi for a few kilometres.
If you want to get to northern Zambia, via Mansa, then resist the temptation to 'cut the corner' by crossing into and out of DRC – it's far too dangerous.