Holiday travellers have been shocked to find that bus fares have surged drastically. Long-distance bus operators have increased the fares in some cases by as much as 5 times. Some travellers were left stranded as they could not afford the fares.
|Trip||Normal Price||Surge Price|
|Harare to Mhondoro (about 100km)||$6||$25|
|Harare to Gokwe||$15||$50|
|Harare to Masvingo||$12||$40|
|Harare - Gweru||$12||$50|
|Gweru - Gokwe||-||$75|
|Gweru - Silobela||-||$35|
Operators blamed the fuel crisis saying that they have to buy fuel on the black market and sometimes are paying as much as $80 for 20 litres of fuel.
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The practice of tripling, quadrupling and quintupling travelling fares in times of high demand is called surge pricing and is quite common globally.
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