Practical advice for Ghana
TRAVELLING WITHIN GHANA
STC Intercity Coaches provide a frequent service between Accra and other regions. In addition, STC coaches link Accra to cities in neighbouring countries.
Supposedly the luxury option to its state counterpart.
Coach Route Timetables and prices
No pre-bookings available for both STC and VIP coaches. Both bus terminals are located in downtown Accra.
The quality of roads throughout Ghana vary massively. For example, the Accra-Kumasi route is of poor quality, however, the route from Accra to Cape Coast is smooth. Travelling by road in Ghana is safe.
GETTING AROUND ACCRA
Taxis in Accra are everywhere and easy to find, however, in recent years there have been a few incidents of robberies involving foreign nationals travelling in taxis after dark. If you find a driver that you trust, you may want to negotiate to keep him for a full day.
Renting a car is expensive in Ghana. In addition to well-known international providers there are also smaller local options with an option to hire a driver.
Many well-to-do Ghanaians and foreign nationals (usually on business) opt to use a driver who is acquainted with the city and its sometimes haphazard road rules.
Trotros are minibus shared taxis, which have fixed routes in Accra. The experience can be a little uncomfortable and manic, however, they are generally safe and cheap.
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SAFETY AND TRAVEL RISKS
Low risk, however incidents of petty crime and sporadic violent crime do occur.
Very low risk.
Terrorism Threat Level
Official Travel Warnings
Take care of your luggage and keep your passport secure when arriving at Kotoka International Airport. Be wary of offers to help at the airport unless from uniformed porters.
Do’s and Don’ts
Wearing military clothing including camouflage is prohibited.
Homosexuality is “officially” illegal in Ghana. However, a blind eye is often turned.
Always ask permission before taking photos.
Unfortunately, cases of officials asking for bribes are still common in Ghana. You are not obliged to pay up.