Ghana in detail

Flights & getting there


Kotoka International Airport in Accra is Ghana's international gateway and an increasingly important hub for regional African air travel.

Airports & Airlines

  • Every major European airline flies to Accra; Emirates now also flies daily to Dubai, opening a host of easy connections to the Asia-Pacific.
  • There are direct flights to the US East Coast.
  • You'll find plenty of direct flights to other parts of Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco and most neighbouring West African countries.

Departure Tax

A US$50 passenger service charge is included in the price of international flights.


Border Crossings

Ghana has land borders with Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north and west, and Togo to the east. Crossing is generally straightforward. The main border crossings:

  • Burkina Faso Paga–Dakola and Hamale–Ouessa
  • Côte d'Ivoire Elubo–Noe, Sunyani–Agnibilékrou and Bole–Ferkessédougou
  • Togo Aflao–Lomé, Ho–Kpalimé and Wli–Kpalimé

Border crossings are normally open 6am to 6pm. Visas are essential to enter each of these countries.


Burkina Faso

  • Direct Intercity STC buses run to Ouagadougou from Accra (C150 + CFA1000, 24 hours) and Kumasi (C110 + CFA1000, 18 hours) three times a week.
  • From Paga, there are frequent tro-tros (minibuses) to Bolgatanga (C4, 40 minutes); on the Burkina side, you'll find plenty of onward transport to Pô and Ouagadougou.
  • From Wa get a tro-tro to Hamale. On the Burkina side, you'll find transport to Diebougou and then Bobo-Dioulasso.

Côte D'Ivoire

  • Intercity STC buses run daily to Abidjan from Accra (C75 + CFA7000, 12 hours) and Kumasi (C70 + CFA7000).
  • Otherwise you'll find tro-tros running between Takoradi and Elubo (three hours), from where you can cross into Côte d'Ivoire and find onward transport to Abidjan.


  • The easiest way to cross into Togo is to catch a bus or a tro-tro to Aflao, pass the border on foot (visas CFA15,000) and catch a taxi on the other side to central Lomé.
  • Overlanders may prefer to cross at the less hectic Wli border post near Hohoe.


There are no scheduled services to Ghana by sea.