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Getting there & away

The airport is about 20km north of town, on the road to Bolgatanga; a private taxi there costs about US$4.40. Antrak flies between Tamale and Accra (US$144, 1¼ hours).

From the VanefSTC station, two buses a day go to Kumasi (US$10, six hours) and four a day depart for Accra (ordinary/luxury US$10/16, 12 hours). There’s also a Tuesday service to Cape Coast and Takoradi (US$11, 12 hours).

Tro-tros to Bolgatanga (US$2.50, 2½ hours) leave frequently, and OSA buses to Mole National Park (US$3.30, four to six hours) leave in theory at 2.30pm but in practice a lot later. Get to the bus station well before its scheduled departure time to be sure of a seat.