Flights & getting there
Airports & Airlines
Tiny Aéroport International de Ouagadougou is Burkina's main gateway.
The main international carriers are Air France (www.airfrance.com) and Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com), which offer direct flights to France and Morocco and connecting flights to the rest of the world.
Air Burkina (www.air-burkina.com), the national carrier, flies to Paris (France) as well as regional destinations including Accra (Ghana), Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal) and Lomé (Togo).
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
Burkina's land border crossings are open from 6am to 6pm. Crossings are generally hassle-free. The main border points are:
- Niangoloko (for Côte d'Ivoire)
- Tindangou (for Benin)
- Paga (for Ghana)
- Cinkasse (for Togo)
- Kantchari (for Niger)
- Koloko or Tiou (for Mali)
There are plenty of international bus services from Ouaga and Bobo. Companies include:
There is a train that travels between Ouagadougou and Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire (stopping in Bobo), but it is a very long journey, indeed – sometimes taking up to three or four days.
TSR has a twice-weekly bus service from Ouagadougou to Cotonou (CFA21,000, 24 hours), while TCV has a weekly departure (on Sunday).
The alternative is to take a bus to Fada N'Gourma (CFA4500, five hours), where taxis-brousses and minibuses wait for customers – sometimes all day, as transport to the border (CFA4000) is scarce and fills up slowly.
Sitarail passenger-train services between Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire (three weekly) have resumed, but it's a long, tiring journey to Abidjan (at least 36 hours, possibly more). Get an update while in Bobo before setting off.
TCV has a daily bus service to Bouaké from Bobo-Dioulasso (CFA17,000, 20 hours) and Abidjan (CFA27,000, 36 hours). You can also take one of Rakieta's two daily buses from Banfora (CFA900, one hour) to Niangoloko, from where onward transport may be possible.
TCV has a daily service from Ouagadougou to Kumasi (CFA10,000, 11 hours).
The other frequently used border crossing is at Hamale (Ghana), near Ouessa in the southwest of Burkina Faso. Coming from Ghana, you may have to stay at Hamale's cheap hotel and catch a bus to Bobo-Dioulasso the next morning. From Bobo-Dioulasso, Rakieta has two buses per day (at 8am and 2.30pm) to Hamale (CFA4500) that pass through Banfora en route.
Almost every bus company in Bobo-Dioulasso offers a daily service to Bamako (CFA17,000, 17 hours).
If you're heading from Bobo-Dioulasso to Mopti, your best bet is to change in Bla (Mali; CFA10,000), where you'll easily find onward transport.
If you're heading for Dogon country, bush taxis depart from Ouahigouya for Koro (CFA3500, three to four hours). From Koro you'll need to connect by bush taxi to Bankass and then Mopti.
TCV operates a daily bus service between Ouagadougou and Niamey, via Fada N'Gourma (CFA11,000, eight to 10 hours).
TCV has a weekly bus to Lagos (CFA36,000, 36 hours).
TSR has twice-weekly bus services from Ouagadougou to Lomé (CFA18,000, 24 hours), while TCV has weekly departures.
|Destination||Fare (CFA)||Duration (hr)||Frequency||Company||Departs|
|Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)||27,000||36||daily||TCV, Rakieta||Ouagadougou|
|Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire)||17,000||20||daily||TCV, Rakieta||Bobo|
|Cotonou (Benin)||21,000||24||twice weekly||TCV, TSR||Ouagadougou|
|Lomé (Togo)||18,000||24||twice weekly||TCV, TSR||Ouagadougou|
It is not possible to travel here by sea.