It is best when you come in...
It is best when you come in with a plane.Transportation
Always travel on STC buses whenever possible. They are more comfotable and a lot safer.
It is best and safe to get around with Accra with the
registered local cabs or the radio taxi cab.
The airport is a very basic...
The airport is a very basic airport. It was being renovated when I was there (Apr '02). Departed on a Ghana Airways flight, and they did not even have the proper baggage tracking strip (the standard sticker strip with a barcode and a tracking number). All I got was a number on a piece of cardboard on a string.
The city itself is not very large, so most of the attractions are withing walking distance. Streets are relatively wide and clean. There were buses, but I did not take any. Taxis do not have meters. I only took taxis when going from central Accra back to the hotel in Labadi, and if I recall correctly, I paid 15,000 Cedis.
There are Ghana Airways...
There are Ghana Airways flights from Kotoka Airport in Accra to almost every country in West Africa, as well as flights to New York and London. The airport is also served by several major western carriers. The US$20 departure tax is payable in cedis or in US dollars.
Ships connect Tema, 25km (16mi) east of Accra, with ports in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and South Africa. By land, there are buses, taxis, tro-tros (minibuses) and pickup trucks that run between Ghana and Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. Border formalities for travellers with visas are usually minimal; greasing a palm or two may speed things up. Watch your pockets at crowded border posts.
Airlink offers low-priced domestic flights from Kotoka Airport, 10km (6mi) north-east of central Accra, to Kumasi and Tamale. Considerably slower but oh-so-adventurous, the Yapei Queen makes regularly scheduled 24-hour passenger runs across Lake Volta from Akosombo, 104km (65mi) north-east of Accra at the base of Lake Volta, to Yeji, more than 200km (125mi) away on the lake's north-western shore. The steamer stops at many villages on the way. From Yeji, ferries continue to Buipe, 100km (62mi) farther north-west, and Makongo, 15km (10mi) east; you can arrange ground transport to Tamale from either destination.
Ghana's road network is in decent shape, though there are some badly potholed stretches between Kumasi and Tamale, and almost all secondary roads are unsealed. You're bound to run into an occasional police checkpoint, though they're usually just angling for a 'dash' (the ubiquitous kickback). Car rental is expensive but available in Accra. Otherwise, most Ghanaians get around in taxis, tro-tros (minibuses) and mammy wagons (generally some sort of converted pickup truck).
Government-run buses connect most major towns and some smaller ones, but their service ain't what it used to be and it's usually better to travel with any of the private bus companies. A comfortable but slow railway system connects Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi in a single-track triangle. Only sleepers need to be booked in advance.
Great taxi driver-Accra
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.
Finding a Driver in Accra
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.
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Domestic flight to Kumasi
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
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FROM OUT OF COUNTRY, PLANE
THE WONDERFUL TROLLY'S....
SO MANY PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT THESE...BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THEM...THEY COULD GET UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT HEY THEY ARE CHEAP AND YOU MEET GREAT PEOPLE.
ALSO THEY HAVE 'FAST CARS' TO PLACES THAT ARE A ONLY A FEW HOURS AWAY FROM ACCRA. THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE SPENDY BUT GET YOU THEIR FASTER...SEATING ONLY ABOUT 9 PEOPLE.
Oy, the airport, the airline...
I didn't get a very good impression of the airport at all because I lost my luggage when I took a departing flight from Accra. Really, the fault of Ghana Airways more than the airport. Nevertheless, the fact that it may well have been the worst equipped international airport I have seen didn't help matters. And to top it off, I was feeling rather ill at the time, and did not sleep much before that early morning flight.
In hindsight, the airport was .. functional I suppose, and really not that much worse than other airports of other developing countries. And they were undergoing renovations when I was there, so perhaps they can be forgiven.
In any case, be vigilent, ask questions, and be prepared for anything.
You can charter a whole taxi or stop one along his route.
A private taxi is much more expensive than a shared one.
Don’t get in before you agreed a price.
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