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Air

Most people arrive on charter flights with Gambia Experience or Thomas Cook (www.thomascookairlines.com). There are a limited number of carriers flying to The Gambia, so it's wise to plan ahead.

Airports & Airlines

Banjul International Airport is in Yundum, about 15km southeast of the coast.

Charter flights aside, the only scheduled airlines flying to Gambia are the following:

Arik (www.arikair.com) Flies between Accra (Ghana) and Banjul.

Brussels Airlines (www.brusselsairlines.com) Flies to Brussels as well as Dakar (Senegal).

Vueling (www.vueling.com) Connects to Spain.

Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com) Direct flights to Casablanca, Morocco.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Land

Minibuses and bush taxis run regularly between Barra and the Senegalese border at Karang (D60, one hour), where you can take care of exit/entrance formalities. From there, hire a taxi (or motorbike, which are more prevalent, D15), for 2km further to the bush-taxi garage, where you can catch onward transport to Dakar (D700, six hours) .

To get to southern Senegal (Casamance), minibuses and bush taxis leave from Bakoteh Junction (D220, five hours). Transport also goes from Brikama to Ziguinchor.

At the far-eastern tip of The Gambia, bush taxis run from Basse Santa Su to Vélingara, Senegal (D80, 45 minutes; 27km), and from there bush taxis go to Tambacounda (D90, three hours).

Sea

There are no scheduled services to The Gambia by sea.