Sierra Leone in detail

Flights & getting there

Air

All international flights land at Lungi International Airport.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Airports & Airlines

Brussels Airlines serves its hub in Brussels, Kenya Airways flies from Nairobi and Accra; Royal Air Maroc flies from London via Casablanca, and Air France flies from Paris via Abidjan. KLM is launching direct fights from Amsterdam to Freetown in 2017.

Land

Sierra Leone has land borders with Guinea and Liberia, which can be crossed either by public transport or private vehicle. Roads tend to be in poor condition.

Guinea

The main route to Guinea is via Pamelap. Bush taxis from Freetown to Conakry run regularly (Le60,000), and government buses leave central Freetown at 6am Monday to Thursday (Le50,000). The journey usually takes eight to 10 hours, depending on the season and the state of the roads (on the Guinean side – the road from Freetown to the border is smooth tarmac) and the number of security stops along the way. You could also charter a private taxi to Pamelap (around Le300,000) and then find transport from there to Conakry.

From Kamakwie to Kindia (Guinea) there's little transport on the Sierra Leone side, where the road is quite bad. Four-wheel drives usually leave Kamakwie every two or three days (Le80,000, eight to 10 hours). Alternatively, hire an okada to the border (they'll ask for around Le150,000), where it's about a 1.5km walk to Madina-Oula in Guinea. Here you might be able to find a bush taxi; if not, an okada (motorcycle taxi) can take you all the way to Kindia.

Liberia

You can reach Liberia via the Mano River Bridge by Bo (Waterside), provided the raft ferry is running (otherwise you'll have to leave your car and take a pirogue, which is not recommended for safety reasons.) Taxis (Le90,000) and sometimes poda-podas (Le80,000) depart from Bo and Kenema to the border post at Gendema (taking six to eight hours in the dry season and 10 to 12 hours in the wet), where you walk over to Liberia and continue in one of the frequent taxis to Monrovia. If you have your own 4WD, you can reach Monrovia in 10 to 12 hours from Freetown.

Sea

It is not possible to travel here by sea.