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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

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Land

Burkina's land border crossings are open from 6am to 6pm. Crossings are generally hassle-free. The main border points are:

There are plenty of international bus services from Ouaga and Bobo. Companies include:

Rakieta

TCV

TSR

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.

Benin

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.

Côte d'Ivoire

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.

Ghana

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.

Mali

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.

Niger

TCV operates a daily bus service between Ouagadougou and Niamey, via Fada N'Gourma (CFA11,000, eight to 10 hours).

Nigeria

TCV has a weekly bus to Lagos (CFA36,000, 36 hours).

Togo

TSR has twice-weekly bus services from Ouagadougou to Lomé (CFA18,000, 24 hours), while TCV has weekly departures.

International Buses

Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)

Fare (CFA)

27,000

Duration (hr)

36

Frequency

daily

Company

TCV, Rakieta

Departs

Ouagadougou

Bamako (Mali)

Fare (CFA)

17,000

Duration (hr)

17

Frequency

daily

Company

TCV

Departs

Bobo

Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire)

Fare (CFA)

17,000

Duration (hr)

20

Frequency

daily

Company

TCV, Rakieta

Departs

Bobo

Cotonou (Benin)

Fare (CFA)

21,000

Duration (hr)

24

Frequency

twice weekly

Company

TCV, TSR

Departs

Ouagadougou

Kumasi (Ghana)

Fare (CFA)

10,000

Duration (hr)

11

Frequency

daily

Company

TCV

Departs

Ouagadougou

Lagos (Nigeria)

Fare (CFA)

38,000

Duration (hr)

36

Frequency

weekly

Company

TCV

Departs

Ouagadougou

Lomé (Togo)

Fare (CFA)

18,000

Duration (hr)

24

Frequency

twice weekly

Company

TCV, TSR

Departs

Ouagadougou

Niamey (Niger)

Fare (CFA)

11,000

Duration (hr)

8-10

Frequency

daily

Company

TCV

Departs

Ouagadougou

Sea

It is not possible to travel here by sea.