Flights & getting there
Airports & Airlines
Guinea's only international airport is Conakry International Airport, 13km from the centre of Conakry. In 2016 the ageing airport was upgraded and it's now fairly fast and efficient to get through the airport.
There is no national airline, though Conakry is served by a small but slowly growing list of international and regional airlines. Regional airlines also connect Conakry with Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.
Air France (www.airfrance.com)
Aigle Azur (www.aigle-azur.com)
Brussels Airlines (www.brusselsairlines.com)
Royal Air Maroc (Royal Air Maroc)
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
Guinea borders six other countries and overland travel is currently possible between all of them. In the past roads into most of these countries were terrible, but a recent spate of ongoing road building is bringing big changes and easier travel conditions. Remember, though, that this remains a volatile region and international land borders can close and re-open quickly.
The land border between Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire had been closed to overland traffic for some time but it reopened in late 2016. The most frequently travelled route is between Lola and Man via Nzo and Danané. The road is in bad shape and in the rainy season can be close to impassable. There is also a route that goes from Kankan to Odienné via Mandiana, but this is an even remoter and more challenging route that few people use.
Most people travelling by bush taxi get to Guinea-Bissau via Labé, Koundara and Gabú. The road is now in good condition except for a dreadful stretch between Gabú and Koundara where it starts to climb up onto the Fouta Djalon plateau. At the time of research crews were busy upgrading that part as well, which means that very soon it will be an easy day by share taxi between Guinea-Bissau and Labé.
A slower alternative route is via Boké to Québo.
There's quite a lot of traffic between Guinea and Liberia. The primary route is from N'zérékoré to Ganta via Diéke. Bush taxis go frequently to the border at Diéké where you can walk across and get a ride to Monrovia.
From Macenta, bush taxis go via Daro to the border and on to Voinjama, although the road is in a bad way.
Another route goes from Lola via Bossou to Yekepa but there's very little traffic on this route (indeed taxi drivers in Lola might instruct you to return to N'zérékore and travel to Liberia from there).
Taxis travel directly to Bamako from Kankan, Siguiri and Conakry. The road is sealed and in very good condition from Kankan to Bamako. At the time of research it was considered safe to travel between Guinea and Bamako, but make sure you check the security situation in Mali first.
Taxis to Senegal going via Koundara, the busiest route, stop at Diaoubé, a small town with a huge market, where you can connect to almost anywhere, including Dakar. To get to Koundara most people go from Labé and the road between the two towns is now in generally good shape making it quite an easy run to Senegal. If you get stuck in Koundara there are a couple of very basic hotels. You can also get to Senegal on another route from Labé travelling via Mali-Yemberem and finishing in Kedougou in Senegal, but the route is dreadful all the way from Labé and after rain can be impassable. (When we last travelled this route we saw trucks stuck in potholes where the mud went up as high as the driver's door – and that was at the start of the dry season!)
The road from Freetown to Conakry via Kambla and Parnelap is now sealed and an easy day-long trip. There are several other routes in and out of Sierra Leone, but the roads on these routes are all generally in bad shape and transport far less frequent than the main crossing point.
Car & Motorcycle
Travelling overland in your own vehicle or by motorbike is a popular way to arrive in Guinea and, assuming you have all the car ownership, insurance and tax papers in order, presents no major hurdles although you might be asked to pay a bit of money every now and then in order to smooth out 'problems'.
Most of Guinea's border-crossing points are in remote areas with few facilities if you break down en-route to the border. Petrol stations are also unlikely to be found on most roads to the borders. Fill up in the nearest big town.
Most public transport crossing the Guinea borders, or dropping passengers at the borders, takes the form of bush taxis.
There are no public ferries or other boats crossing the borders of Guinea. In the past there used to be an occasional boat from Kankan in eastern Guinea to Bamako in Mali but at the time of research it wasn't running.
Bar having your own yacht, it is not possible to travel here by sea.