Getting there & away
Road transport for long-distance destinations leaves from Gare Routière Pompiers off Ave Malik Sy (a taxi from Place de l’Indépendance should cost around US$3). To Ziguinchor costs about US$15 by sept-place (Peugeot 504 with ‘seven seats’) taxi (six to 10 hours, depending on the speed of the Gambia crossing). Sept-place taxis/minibuses go to Mbour (US$3), Kaolack (US$5), Saint-Louis (US$7), Tambacounda (US$15), and Karang (US$9) at the Gambian border.
Dakar’s train station is 500m north of Place de l’Indépendance.
The excellent ferry Wilis (brand new in 2005) travels between Dakar and Ziguinchor twice weekly in each direction.
Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is likely to be moved to a new location near Thiès in the coming years. Until then, all international flights will still arrive here, a mere 30-minute drive from the centre of Dakar.
Most airline offices and travel agencies are near the Place de l’Indépendance. For a full list see www.ausenegal.com. Important ones include the following:
Air France (829 7777; 47 Av Albert Sarraut)
Air Sénégal International (804 0404; 45 Av Albert Sarraut)
SN Brussels (823 0460; Immeuble Fayçal, Rue Parchappe)
South African Airways (823 0151; 12 Av Albert Sarraut)