Transport in Ghana

Buses

Government-run buses connect most major towns and some smaller ones, but service is often unreliable.  Private bus companies offer a greater degree of reliability.

Taxis

Other than buses most Ghanaians get around in taxis, tro-tros (minibuses) and mammy wagons (generally some sort of converted pickup truck).

Car Hire

Car rental is expensive but available in Accra.

Driving

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’ (a kickback). You should have plenty of previous experience of driving overseas before tackling Ghana’s roads.

Trains

Trains connect Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi in a single-track triangle. No need to book in advance unless you require a sleeper train.  Carriages are comfortable though the service is slow.

Boats

The Yapei Queen makes a fantastic way to travel in Ghana.  The ferry makes weekly scheduled 24-hour journeys the entire length of Lake Volta from Akosombo, 104 km north-east of Accra, to Yeji, more than 200 km away on the lake’s north-western shore. The steamer stops at many villages on the way.

Smaller ferries also operate to other lakeside destinations.

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