New routes on internal flights in Ghana
There is a new airline running internal flights to a number of locations around Ghana. The flight company is called Fly540Africa - http://fly540africa.com/.
They run flights to Kumasi, Accra, Tamale, Takoradi and Sunyani, some of which save a great deal of time and hassle in getting around.
The downside is that you do not get to experience the roadside cafe's en-route!Related to:
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Between Accra and all major cities within Ghana and some neighboring countries, you can take Vanef STC, Ghana's safest, most reliable transportation from city to city. Unfortunately this speaks nothing of timeliness, for STC is known for delays. Nonetheless, they are rarely involved in road accidents and the cost of getting from one end of Ghana to its opposite end can be as inexpensive as $7. Here are a list of rates to the most traveled areas:
* Tamale (upper northern region, by Mole Natl. Park) $7
* Kumasi (Ghana's second largest city) $4
* Cape Coast (Home of the slave dungeons) $1.75
* Takoradi (Coastal town) $2.50
* Ho (The beautiful Volta region) $1.50
Please note that once you arrive to the city station, you will probably incur another charge of approximately $3 to your exact address.
* Phone: 233-21-221-912
Taxis and tro-tros
No trip to Ghana would be complete without a chauffer driven ride in our humble chariots. Known, probably, as the worst drivers in the world, Ghana's taxi and tro-tro drivers maneuver through Accra's busy streets with menacing agility, giving new reason for road rage. Yet and still they are cheap and in abundance. One can get from one end of town to its opposite, in a packed tro-tro (mini-van) for 50 cents and in your private taxi the same ride might cost $3. Either way, it is part of the Ghana experience.
Drive from Accra to the Togo border
Just a highlight of what you can see to the Togo border from Accra. We hired a taxi and it cost $80 U.S. including gas. We had to haggle down. Worth the money. Comfort, snappy service and great views.
Taxi to the border of Togo
A taxi to the border will cost you about $80. We negotiated HARD (they started at $100 and we only got it down to $80) but we had a couple cards decked against us. One was being in an upscale hotel, being a tourist and seeming like we had money (which they said, not us). I'm sure if you had come across a taxi person on your own you could get it cheaper.
ACC or Kotoka International
Delta flies non-stop from JFK to Accra (United will be starting shortly from IAD) KLM and a number of other carriers fly from their hubs in Europe. Ethiopian and Air Namibia to name a few fly from points in Africa. Local air service is limited here and tickets to Abidjan are not cheap.....Virgin Nigeria which has since been sold and go through a name change flies to nearby Lagos.
The airport is pretty straight fwd, no jetways so you either walk to from your plane or are bused. After Nigerian bomb incident on the flight to Detroit security has become a lengthy process. Get here at least 3 hours prior to your flight if you are headed to Europe or the US. The souvenir shopping in the airport is a bit limited along with food. If you are headed back to the US eat up/use the WC in the main gate area as there is no food in the gate area which you have to go through a comperhensive search (there are two lines..one for men and another for women) The womens line is the slowest..sorry ladies. If you have to use the WC once inside the gate area you will get to take another trip through the security line....might want to hold it till you get on the plane if you canRelated to:
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To and from the airport
One thing I hate about traveling is your first experience is often getting ripped of by a cab at the airport. The cabbies here are what I would consider the least agressive on the continent. They understand the word no and will not pester you. If you arrive during the daylight hours..we got in around 7am from JFK so we huffed it to catch a tro tro (shared local bus). You exit the airport arrivals hall, hang a left and walk down a 100 or so yards and hang a right to walk down another long street that leads to/from the airport from Liberation Road where you can catch a tro tro or a cheaper cab. Make sure you walk past the first traffic circle as the road here is light on traffic. All of the tro tros will be stopping on Liberation. The touts will hang there heads/torsos out yelling the destination. The main tro tro station is Kaneshie and from here you can catch a shared ride to just about anywhere in either a beat up junker or a newer Ford Econoline van with ac. The ride should cost around 50 cents. If you have a bag put it in your lap as they will charge you for another person if you put it on the seat next to you....a whole dollar big deal right? If you are arriving at night I would take a cab (Ghana is very safe but there are opportunists in every country)...check with a local on your flight to find out what a fair price is and be prepared to haggle a bit with the cab drivers.....some are more honest than others. We experience the full spectrum here.Related to:
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best tour agent in ghana
to travel around it is best to go by an experienced tour agent
after chosing Abacar we were happy with this company..they are fair in price, flexible..always follow your wishes likes and dislikes and are very reliable
for tours in the south you can go by normal car
by roads to inland..like to mole np. a 4wd car is absolut necessary
DONT - the roads are mad!!!! The taxis aren't the best either, one of mine broke down in middle of roundabout and everyone laughed. The traffic around Accra is like rush hour all day. If taking the journey by car or bus from Accra to the Gold Coast beware as you leave Accra so too do you leave the road behind and it is no more than a dirt track not to be taken if you suffer even slightly from travel sickness! If going to Kumasi - fly - but my other half when working in Accra often flies home to catch another European flight to Kumasi so little does he trust the internal airlines
Don't assume you can just hop on the next bus out of Accra. On Saturdays, particularly, you may find, as I did, that though you've arrived at the station early enough for the first bus to Cape Coast, there are no seats before 4 pm! Even when I tried to buy a ticket to Takoradi instead (you have to pay full fare even if you stop in Cape Coast, but the difference is small by western standards), there was no bus before 2 30, though this is a frequent service. So buy your ticket a day in advance!
(In the event, I got to the station at 2 pm to wait for the 4 pm bus - as I'd been told - and the brisk ticket lady put me on an earlier bus to Cape Coast and even refunded the CC-Takoradi part of my ticket, bless her. I got on the bus and naively looked for a seat - to general mirth. Finallly, somebody unfolded a seat into the middle of the aisle! )
tro-tros around Accra
I was a bit neurotic about riding tro-tros. They're old, decrepit, crowded and with a reputation for unsafe driving. But they didn't feel nearly as bad as their reputation suggested. Yes, they're crowded, but this is how everyone travels around, so it's a great way of seeing what daily life is like. I found mates, drivers and passengers alike to be helpful and courteous.
And they really are incredibly cheap. I took tro-tros across Accra for 20 cents! A tro-tro to Aburi from Tema station cost all of 60 cents - for 30 kilometres. The only catch is that, unlike for city tro-tros that have a continuous flow of passengers, when travelling out of the city you'll need to wait for the vehicle to fill up. And I do mean fill up!
Incidentally, if you hear a tro-tro mate in Accra call out 'accra (pronounced uh-KRA) they mean that Tema station, the main tro-tro station, is their terminus.Related to:
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I've never seen so many taxis! They are not metered and charge by time rather than by distance, so if they anticipate traffic (the jams can be horrendous) they will ask for a little more.
Do bargain, but don't worry too much about being overcharged. Taxi drivers will typically ask for more from tourists, but not outrageously so - 50 cents to a dollar for a longer distance was the most I was asked for over what a local would pay. Even though I only stayed in the capital and visited touristy areas, I can say this is not a big country for rip-offs!
One great thing about Ghana, and Africa in general actually, is that you can expect everything on the roads. No such things as special buslanes, "no trucks allowed here" or special car inspections before you are allowed to drive with it: as long as it CAN drive, it WILL drive.
During my period in Ghana, I've seen the weirdest thing driving around: 30 year old pick-ups that need a reparation everytime they want to start it, small busses with 20 goats tied up on its roof, taxi's without a dashboard and with a frontwindow that only stays in because of the metres of tapes it is stuck together with, and old trucks that are used to transport at least 50 people with.
And besides these motorized vehicles you also see handkarts being pulled, a lot of chinese scooters, countless bicycles with baskets attached to the steer and women with enormous buckets filled with water on their heads. No matter how long you are in Ghana, it stays fantastic to just sit down and enjoy the chaos out on the streets.Related to:
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The cheapest way to get around within a city or between two towns, is by taking the "shared taxi". These taxi's have fixed routes through the city centre: normally only one main road that they do up and down over and over again. The driver in a shared taxi is always looking for more passengers for his taxi and he will stop whenever he sees that there is someone in need of a taxi. Up to 5 passengers can fit in a taxi. This makes that a trip that normally would take only 5 minutes might take 15 minutes because there are a lot of other people getting in and out. But the big advantage of a shared taxi is: a normal trip will not cost you more then 3000 cedis: $ 0,30.
When you are the first to enter the shared taxi, it is wise to remember the driver that you want it to be SHARED, otherwise you will turn it into a "drop taxi" all of a sudden and charge you 10 times the normal price. When you are sure it is a shared taxi, you don't need to bargain about the price: they are all fixed.
When you are new in a city and you are not spending a lot a time there, it can be difficult to find out where the shared taxi stop and go, so than it can be wise to do it the easy way and just take a drop taxi, otherwise: always take a shared one!Related to:
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An easy and fast way to get around in Ghana, also is quite an expensive way. This way is by flying with Antrak Air. This is a local airline that connects the three biggest cities of the country with eachother: Accra, Kumasi and Tamale. Besides this, they also fly internationally in the region to Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, and to Germany.
To be honest I don't see the use of the flights from Accra and Tamale to Kumasi. From both cities it "only" takes about six hours to get to the Ashanti-capital, and the flight are much more expensive than the connections by bus.
But from Accra to Tamale or the other way, it can be useful. The bus connections are OK, but take very long. The official time from Accra to Tamale is 12 hours, but I had one time when it took me 18 hours. Than it can be worth it to spend $ 130,- on a flight of 1:20 hours, instead of the $ 17,- for the bustrip.
One more special thing about Antrak Air: this was the only connection in Ghana that didn't have a delay when I was waiting for it!
Flying to Ghana
When you are searching for a cheap flight to Accra, and you are leaving from Europe, you should check out Alitalia first. This Italian company is the cheapest of all. Other cheap option (but I don't know how reliable) are the Libian Air Afriqiyah and the Ghanaian Antrak Air.
When you are flying from North America too, Alitalia is a cheap option, just as Delta Airlines and North American Airlines.Related to:
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