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Liberia

Getting around

Boat

Slow fishing boats link coastal cities, though they’re often overcrowded and dangerous. Charter boats from Monrovia sometimes have room for passengers; inquire at the Freeport.

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Bus & tram

Bush taxi & bus

The main form of public transport is bush taxis, which go daily from Monrovia to Buchanan (US$5, three hours); Gbarnga, Ganta, Sanniquellie (US$16, six hours) and the Sierra Leone border (US$5, 2½ hours), and several times weekly between Monrovia and other destinations. Many routes (especially those connecting Zwedru with Greenville and Harper) are restricted during the rainy season. Minivans (called ‘buses’) also ply most major routes, although they’re more crowded and dangerous than bush taxis, and best avoided.

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Car & motorcycle

Vehicle rental can be arranged through better hotels from about US$100 per day for a 4WD. Expect frequent stops at security checkpoints.

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