Accra Transportation

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    Taxi's in Accra

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    The vehicle you will see the most in Accra definitely is the taxi. Litterly thousands of taxi drive around in the city. Most of them are empty. In some areas in the city there are more taxi's then normal cars. Every taxi has a yellow/orange front and back, so they are easy to spot.

    A part of these taxi's are used as shared taxi's, on fixed routes, but especially when you only spend a few days in Accra, these routes are difficult to know. In these cases you normally just take a drop-taxi to any place you want. Within the city centre the average price is 20.000 cedis for a trip by taxi, $ 2,-. For this amount you can spend up to about 30 minutes in a taxi: so the taxi's are very cheap.

    If you want to go to destinations outside the Ring Road you have to be prepared on paying a little bit more, but for 30.000 cedis you will always get anywhere you want in and around the centre.

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    Tro-Tro's in and around Accra

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    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.

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    STC Busses in Accra

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    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.

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    Accra-TRO TRO-

    by Wafro Written Jul 3, 2005

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    You can find several tro-tro stations inside the city centre, each station has its own destinations.
    You can also try to stop a tro-tro along his route.
    The prices are fixed, you only have to bargain for your luggage.

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    Kotoka International Airport

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 5, 2007

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    On the way to Accra

    If you travel to Ghana by airplane, you will always arrive at the only international airport of the country: Kotoka International Airport in Accra. It is situated at only a few kilometres away from the city centre, to the northeast. There are a few important things that are useful to know:

    - A very big problem at the airport are all the taxidrivers who try to fool you when you get out of the airport. The arrival hall officially is closed for public, but even inside the airport there are people who try to take money from you. Don't trust anyone you don't know inside or outside the airport.

    It's the best to arrange someone to pick you up at the airport, but if that is not possible, you should bargain a lot with the taxidrivers before you enter their taxi. When I once tried to take a taxi back to Accra from the airport, the driver that wanted to take began with the ridiculous price of 160.000 cedis ($16,-)! He made his own list with prices to show me he was honest with me, but after 10 minutes of bargaining I only had to pay the REAL price of 30.000 cedis!

    - The other way, from the city centre to the airport the prices are the same as when you leave from the airport. Again, taxidrivers try to get you to pay much more then that, but a price between 30.000 and 40.000 cedis really is the maximum you should pay for a trip like that!

    - And the final thing you need to know about the airport is that when you leave the country, most airlines ask you to show up up to four hours before departure! And that while there is almost nothing you can do at the airport: uncomfortable seats and hardly any shops. And to be honest: it is absolutely not necessary to be there that early. If you arrive three hours before departure, it is more then enough.

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    Antrak Air

    by Pieter11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Antrak Air

    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.

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    Flights through Accra

    by Skibbe Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The not-so-friendly skies

    First, make sure you confirm your flight from here if you are flying a regional carrier, like Bellview. They have a reputation of "losing" your reservation and then waiting for you to bribe your way on board.

    Also, prepare for an experience trying to board your plane. You will not be allowed to go to your gate and through security until you are called. You will be called at the same time as four or five other flights and placed in a single line in a steaming hot corridor. People will cut and your flight will leave late because so many others are in your same predicament. At least that is what happened to me--twice.

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    Immigration is Polite

    by ardelean Written Feb 5, 2007

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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.

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    TroTro in Accra

    by georeiser Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    Tro Tro in Accra
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    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.

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    Taxis in Accra

    by georeiser Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    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.

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    Minibus from Accra to Cape Coast

    by georeiser Written Feb 26, 2011

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    Minibus from Accra to Cape Coast
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    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.

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    Kotoka Accra Int. Airport (ACC)

    by georeiser Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    Kotoka Accra Int. Airport (ACC)
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    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).

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    Bus stations in Accra

    by georeiser Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    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)

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    Taking a bus in Accra

    by georeiser Written Feb 27, 2011

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    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.

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    Labadi Road in Accra

    by georeiser Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    Labadi Road
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    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.

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