Flights & getting there
Airports & Airlines
Osvaldo Vieira International Airport is located 9km north west of the centre of Bissau. It's small and has few facilities other than a single cafe. The small airstrip on Ilha de Bubaque services charter flights from Bissau and Cap Skirring and Dakar in Senegal.
Guinea-Bissau does not have its own national carrier. Senegal Airlines was not operating to Guinea-Bissau at the time of research; however, flights could resume in the future. Private planes can also be arranged.
The main airlines flying to Guinea-Bissau:
Euro Atlantic Airways Weekly flights via Lisbon.
Royal Air Maroc Via Casablanca. Very early morning arrival and departure times.
TAP Air Portugal Resuming flights in early 2017 after a four-year hiatus. Via Lisbon.
There is no departure tax.
Make sure you get your visa situation in order before attempting to cross the border.
Transport to Guinea (plan on 24 to 48 hours to reach Conakry, depending on road/taxi conditions) leaves from Gabú, crosses the border at Burunduma (Guinea-Bissau) and Kandika (Guinea) and traverses a rough pass through the beautiful Fouta Djalon mountains.
There is an alternative, tougher route open only in the dry season linking southeastern Guinea-Bissau and western Guinea via Quebo. Once over the border (the actual Guinea immigration post is at a checkpoint far from the border), it takes about five hours on a mostly narrow, rough and winding road to reach Boke. In Boke you can get Guinean francs (it's another three plus hours to the Conakry). The journey from Quebo is more suitable – not necessarily safer or more comfortable – on the back of a motorbike rather than a 4WD.
Visas for Guinea can be acquired at its embassy in Bissau. Generally, they take several hours. Have your yellow-fever vaccination card handy for Guinea immigration at the border.
The busiest crossing point to/from Senegal is at São Domingos, on the main route between Ingore and Ziguinchor. From Ziguinchor's gare routière (bus station), it's a three- to four-hour ride on a minibus (CFA3500) to Bissau (around CFA500 extra for luggage).
There are also crossing points between Tanaf and Farim; at Salikénié, just south of Kolda; and near Pirada, north of Gabú on the route to/from Vélingara and Tambacounda.
From Dakar, the cheapest, and most scenic, way to reach Bissau is by taking the biweekly overnight ferry to Ziguinchor (cabin beds from CFA12,500), collecting a visa from the consulate there and travelling onwards from there by sept place (seven-seat Peugeot). For ferry information, visit www.cap-skirring.voyage/tarifs-horaires-bateaux-dakar-ziguinchor.html.