The best company to fly with is Starbow. We took the flight Accra - Kumasi. The return flight was one day earlier than planned, so we changed tickets cost 40 GSH approx 20 Euro.
Other option is Fly540
If you are looking for a reliable, safe, affordable and kind driver please feel free to contact Francis at 0261-450-103 or 0247-626-530. He is an experienced driver, knowledgable about both Accra and surrounding Ghana and is able to assist with everything from airport pick-ups, to a day tour of Accra, to weekend visits to the Volta Region, Cape Coast and beyond.
A very easy, but relatively expensive way to get to Accra and away is by flying with Antrak Air. This small airline has daily flights between Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.
For a trip from the capital to Tamale in the North it makes a difference of 15 hours by STC bus for US $ 17,- to 1:20 hours by plane for US $ 130,-. Especially when your time to visit the country is limited, it might be worth thinking about this option.
The flights between Kumasi and Accra don't really look useful to me. A bus ride "only" takes 6 hours, and the route is not that bad, so you'd better save your money and just take the STC bus on this track.
Antrak Air also has international connections to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Nigeria and to my surprise also to Düsseldorf.
The tickets can be reservated at their website or at their offices in all the cities they fly to in Ghana. In Accra they have one at the Kotoka Airport and one at Danquah Circle in the north of the city.
Tro-Tro's is the cheapest way of public transportation in Accra. It's a shared taxi on a fixed route and you can get off where you want. Toyota Hiace is the most used vehicle, but similar minivans are also used. The car has a driver and a man who collect the money and shout out of the windows to get hold of new customers.
Most drivers of Tro Tro's has an aggressive way of driving, and are therefor involved in more traffic accidents than other drivers. Since this is the cheapest way of transportation, you could expect poor people as fellow passengers - beware of pickpockets.
Accra Kotoka International Airport (ACC) is Ghana's most important airport and located 10 km north of Accra city center. The airport terminal is not among the newest ones. Passengers have to disembark the aircraft at the tarmac and take a bus to the arrival hall. Then walk to the immigration to get your visa stamped. Then pick up your baggage and walk to the customs. It is a forex bureau in the baggage hall.
ATM's, a post office and forex bureau are available in the terminal building. Wi-Fi Internet access is available in the Departures area. There are a few shops in the terminal, including duty-free. Also bars, restaurants and food kiosks.
Taxis are the only form of transportation available and could be found at Car Park 2, close to the Arrivals ext from the terminal. A 24-hour car parks is located near the airport, but be aware of the local police (see warning tip).
Local city bus in Accra is a cheap, but slow way of transportation. Many of the buses are wrecks, loaded with passengers. Unlike the Trotro's you can not leave the bus where you want on the route, but have to wait to bus station.
Accra has a lot of bus- and trotro stations which are used for to certain operators or destinations. It's not easy to find your way there, and you should ask a local trusted person if you want to drive to another city.
Some major stations:
Neoplan Station, Ring Road West
Kaneshie Lorry Station, Nii Lantey Okunka Street
Tema bus station, Dodoo road Accra
Lorry Station, Independence avenue
Tudu Bus Station, Kimbu Road
Intercity STC Tudu Bus StationAdresse, Tudu
Arena Lorry Station, South Industrial Area
Bus Station, Maale Dada Street in Labadi market
Palm Wine Bus station, Labadi Crescent
37 Lorry Station, Giffard Road
Mamprobi Lorry Station, Eduardo Mohdlana road
Odorkor Trotro Station, Odorkor
Legon Trotro Station, Legon East Road (University of Accra)
Shared minibus from Accra to Cape Coast depart from Neoplan station at Ring Road West, not far from Kwame Nkrumah traffic circle. Taking the minibus from Accra on the Circle/Cape Coast/Takoradi route costs 7 cedis. The trip takes 3-4 hours, and you might sit in a car packed with passengers.
Taxis in Accra are easy to recognize with their yellow color on each side of the car. In theory they use a meter to calculate the fare, but in real life you should always settle the price before you enter the car. A short trip should costs from 3 cedis, like within the center of town. Going from airport to downtown should be around 10-15 cedis. Beware that most drivers will try to overcharge an obruni (a white man), so do a firm negotiation.
The Labadi Road takes you from the traffic circle in Independence Arch in downtown Accra towards the eastern suburbs of Accra. It change name to Teshie Road after you have passed the famous Labadi Beach. Teshie Road takes you furter east towards Coco beach.
SAMUEL MENSAH is a great taxi driver for short trips or day hire in and around Accra. His car is not an official taxi (which is probably a good thing), but a well-maintained Toyota (or something similar) with air conditioning! And he doesn't complain about turning it on. He is also easy to understand.
He just does transport, not tour-guide services. But he is a good, safe driver and knows how to get to the sites that tourists like to visit, even those that are more out of the way. He may even suggest some things to visit. He drove me around for 6 hours, and I negotiated a fee that worked out to be about 13 cedis per hour (I also bought him waters and cokes when I bought myself one).
His telephone number in Accra is 0244-682139. He is based near the Palm Royal Hotel, and the hotel could probably contact him for you if you just have his name.
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Try to book a seat at the front of the plane so that you are front of the queue for immigration.
The officials are polite and efficient, but the system is paper based so it takes time to check all the forms.
The most comfortable way to get around in Ghana are the STC Busses. These busses normally are fully airconditioned and have good, comfortable seats. The STC Busses that connect Accra with other cities in the country arrive and depart from two STC stations: the most important one that is going towards Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale and other destinations towards the north and west, is about 1,5 kilometre west from Nkrumah Circle, close to Lamptey Circle. This is also the headoffice of the organisation. The other one is close to Makola Market in the centre of the city. From here busses depart to the east: Ho, Tema, Aflao...
There are (several) daily connections to most of the destinations of STC like Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Tema and Tamale. Some destinations are only offered a couple of times a week like Bolgatanga, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Hohoe and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). You can also take these busses to go to other places on the route, as the STC stops every two hours in the main towns on the route. You can just get off there, only thing is that you pay the full rate of the tour.
A single way ticket from Accra to Tamale costs about 175.000 Cedis (17 US$) and to Kumasi it's about 110.000 Cedis. To Cape Coast and Takoradi you pay 50.000. Make sure you book your tickets at the office at least a day in advance to be sure of a seat. For further destinations like Tamale and Bolga is it wise to even book it about 4 days before departure, because these connections are often full.
The most important way of transportation in Ghana is the Tro-Tro. A Tro-Tro is every vehicle that is bigger then a normal car and smaller then a bus. It can be anything: vans, pick-ups, small busses...
Every trip in a Tro-Tro is an adventure. The vehicles always are at least 20 years old, they are extremely uncomfortable, and very, very packed. An a small van they can fit at least 18 people. But the Tro-Tro is the cheapest possible way of transportation, often it is the only way to get somewhere, and it is the perfect way to get to know the real Ghana and the real Ghanaians.
Every town in Ghana has its own Tro-Tro, or Lorry-station. In Accra though, there are at least five of them. It is impossible to tell at which station you need to be for which destination, because there are tens of different Tro-Tro's leaving from Accra. The best way to find out is to ask a taxidriver to take you to the right station. If you are going to Tema, just ask for "Tema Station", when you go to Aburi, ask for "Aburi Station" and so on...
Once you get to the tro-tro you have to buy your ticket, that is very, very cheap. The average price for an hour is about $ 1,-, or 10.000 cedis. Once you have your ticket you can get in and the tro-tro will leave as soon as the vehicle is completely packed. There are no schedules of the departure times, if there are no passengers, it does not drive. Most of the times though, it will leave within an hour after arriving at the station and in Accra normally even within 20 minutes.
From Accra, and of course also the other way, Tro-Tro's leave to these and other destinations:
Kaneshie Station: Cape Coast, Takoradi and other destinations to the west
Nkrumah Circle, or just named "Circle: Kumasi, Tamale and other far destinations to the north
Tema Station or also named "Accra": Tema, Aburi, and other local destinations
Tudu Station: Aflao, Ada, Hohoe, Akosombo and other destinations to the east and northeast
And then there are a few smaller places from where you can get Tro-Tro's.