Travel to Gambia
Flying to Gambia
There are no direct scheduled flights to The Gambia from the UK at present. Most holidaymakers arrive by charter flight. There are competitively priced charter flights available with Gambia Experience (www.gambia.co.uk). Brussels Airlines (www.brusselairlines.com) flies to Banjul from Brussels. Travellers from North America generally fly via Europe or Dakar as there are currently no direct scheduled flights available. Flights to The Gambia are most expensive from November to February and cheapest from late June to late September.
There is no airport bus to Banjul city centre but there are plenty of private tourist taxis available.
From London to Banjul is around 6 hours.
Driving to Gambia
All road borders are shared with Senegal and connections between the two are reasonably efficient. Private taxis can be hired between Dakar (Senegal) and Barra, from which there is a regular ferry service to Banjul. There is a second crossing point at Farafenni, en route from Dakar to Janjangbureh or westwards to Barra.
Getting to Gambia by boat
The Gambia isn’t very accessible by boat. Although there are freighters sailing to Banjul and it is possible to take a cabin on board one of these, it isn’t done regularly or cheaply.
There are currently no scheduled boats between Senegal and The Gambia. Large pirogues carry passengers from Djifer to Banjul but the crossing is frequently rough, crowded and unsafe.