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Book flights to Butare

Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda, located near the border with Burundi. While Kigali is the political capital, Butare is known as the intellectual centre of the country. Here, you'll find the National University of Rwanda's Butare campus, which was the first university established in the country. Butare is also known for its National Museum, which houses a large collection of artefacts that tell the story of Rwanda's culture and history. If you're interested in learning more about Rwanda's traditional way of life, a visit to the museum is a must-do.

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Airports near Butare

There are multiple ways to reach Butare - here are 4 airports you can use to get to Butare.

Kigali International Airport

This is the largest airport in Rwanda and the most well-connected, offering international flights from various hubs like Addis Ababa, Dubai, and Amsterdam. Located around 135 kilometres (84 miles) northwest of Butare, it offers connecting flights to Kamembe Airport (KME), the closest airport to Butare. The total travel time, including the connecting flight and ground transportation, would be approximately 3-4 hours.


Kamembe International Airport

As the closest airport to Butare, Kamembe offers limited scheduled flights, mainly connecting flights from Kigali International Airport. Depending on your travel plans and flexibility, it might be a convenient option if you find a suitable connecting flight. However, expect limited flight options and potentially higher fares compared to Kigali.


Bujumbura International Airport

This is the largest airport in neighbouring Burundi, located around 180 kilometres (112 miles) southwest of Butare. It offers connections to various African and Middle Eastern destinations. While ground transportation options like buses and taxis are available from Bujumbura to Butare, the border crossing and travel time (approximately 4-5 hours) can add complexity to your journey.


Entebbe International Airport

Entebbe, Uganda's main airport, is around 400 kilometres (249 miles) southwest of Butare. While offering a wider range of international connections compared to Bujumbura, the extended distance and additional border crossing significantly increase travel time (approximately 7-8 hours) and complexity. Consider this option only if you find exceptional flight deals or plan to explore Uganda before reaching Butare.

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Buy your flights to Butare and pay later

If you'd like to easily manage your travel expenses and don't want to pay the full cost of your flights to Butare upfront, why not consider using Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) payment methods at Alternative Airlines?

With BNPL plans, you can divide the cost of your tickets to Butare into smaller, more manageable chunks that can be paid back over time. There's usually no interest involved, however, it's wise to check with the lending provider beforehand.

Book your flights to Butare today and pay later at Alternative Airlines!

Things to do in Butare

With a wealth of sights to see in Butare, here are our top 3:

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Experience the Rich History at the National Museum of Rwanda

Dive deep into Rwanda's past and culture at the National Museum of Rwanda, home to one of Africa's finest archaeological collections.

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Explore the Vibrant Huye Market

Immerse yourself in the local culture and shop for unique souvenirs at Huye Market, a bustling hub of activity in Butare.

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Visit the Majestic Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre

Pay your respects at the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre, a poignant reminder of Rwanda's tragic history and a testament to its resilience.

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