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Ghana

Getting there & away

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Land

Burkina Faso

Between Accra and Ouagadougou, the usual route is via Kumasi, Tamale, Bolgatanga, Paga and Pô. A direct VanefSTC bus runs to Ouagadougou from Accra (US$29, 24 hours) once daily Monday to Saturday and from Kumasi (US$21, 20 hours) every Wednesday evening; most people do the trip in stages. From Bolgatanga, there are frequent tro-tros to the border at Paga (US$1.10, 40 minutes), from where you can get onward transport to Pô and Ouagadougou.

You can also enter Burkina Faso from the northwest corner of Ghana, crossing between Tumu and Léo or from Hamale or Lawra and onto Bobo-Dioulasso. You can reach Tumu most easily from Bolgatanga, Hamale from Bolgatanga or Wa, and Lawra from Wa.

Côte d’Ivoire

Vanef STC buses run between Accra and Abidjan (US$12, 12 hours) via Elubo once daily Monday to Friday, leaving in the early morning. The Ecowas Express, run by STIF, a company from Côte d’Ivoire, does three runs a week between Neoplan motor park in Accra and Abidjan. From Takoradi, Peugeot bush taxis make a daily trip to Abidjan.

Another border crossing lies between Bole and Bouna, though this involves a chartered canoe trip across the Black Volta River.

Togo

Tro-tros and buses regularly ply the coastal road between Accra and Aflao (all about US$3.30, three hours). VanefSTC buses leave from the smaller Tudu bus station in Accra (US$5, four times a day). The border at Aflao is open from 6am to 10pm daily but you should cross between 9am and 5pm if you need a Togolese visa at the border. Public transport from Ghana doesn’t cross the border, which is only 2km from central Lomé.

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Air

Ghana’s only international airport is Kotaka international airport in Accra. At the time of research, the national carrier Ghana International Airways only had flights into London. North American Airlines has one nonstop flight a week between New York City and Accra.

Airlines servicing Ghana include the f­ollowing:

Afriqiyah Airways (8U; 252465) Flights to Europe with stopover in Tripoli, Libya; office at Accra airport.

Air Ivoire (VU; 241461) Hub: Abidjan. Office at Accra airport.

Alitalia (AZ; 239315; Ring Rd Central, Asylum Down, Accra) Hub: Rome.

American Airlines (www.aa.com)

Antrak (769458; Antrak House, Danquah Circle, Osu, Accra) Domestic airline that also flies to Ouagadougou, (Burkina Faso) and Lagos (Nigeria).

British Airways (BA; 240386; Kojo Thompson Rd, Adabraka, Accra) Hub: London Heathrow.

EgyptAir (MS; 773537; Ring Rd East, Osu, Accra) Hub: Cairo.

Emirates (EK;238921; Meridian House, Ring Rd Central, Accra) Hub: Dubai. Four flights a week connecting Accra and Dubai with a stopover in Lagos.

Ghana International Airways (GH; 221000; www.fly-ghana.com ; Silver Star Tower, Airport City, PMB 78, Kotoka International Airport) Hub: Accra. At time of research Ghana International only flew to London.

Ivory Coast Airways Office at Accra airport.

Kenya Airways (KQ; 444301) Hub: Nairobi. Office at Accra airport.

KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines (KL; 224020; Ring Rd Central, Accra) Hub: Amsterdam.

Lufthansa Airlines (LH; 243893; Fidelity House, Accra) Hub: Frankfurt. Off Ring Rd Central.

Slok Air International (3166206; No 3 Aviation Rd, Accra) Flies to Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Banjul (The Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal); office at the airport.

South African Airways (SA; 230722; Ring Rd Central, Asylum Down, Accra) Hub: Johannesburg.

Virgin Nigeria (VK; 771700; www.virginnigeria.com ; La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra) Hub: Lagos.

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