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Travel to Ghana

Flying to Ghana

The only practical way to travel quickly to Ghana from outside of West Africa is by air. There is no national carrier but airlines with scheduled flights to Accra include British Airways (www.ba.com), Emirates (www.emirates.com), Delta (www.delta.com), Ethiopian Airlines (www.ethiopianairlines.com), KLM (www.klm.com) and TAP (www.flytap.com). Ticket prices to Accra are not significantly affected by season.

Flights from the US and Canada tend to be expensive, so North Americans with more time than money may find it cheaper to fly to London, or elsewhere in Europe, and organise a ticket to West Africa from there.

Flight times

Avoid flying to Ghana on a one-way ticket. For one, you may hit serious problems with airport immigration officials if you don’t arrive on a return ticket. And when you decide to return home, you'll find that flights out of Accra are very expensive, so you’ll almost certainly end up paying double what you would for a cheap return.

Flight times

From London - 6 hours 30 minutes; New York - 10 hours.

Departure tax

Any departure taxes are included in the price of your air ticket.

Travelling to Ghana by Rail

Driving to Ghana

Driving note

Coming by road, it should be emphasised that the Ghanaian embassies in most West African countries, including of its three immediate neighbours, do not normally issue visas to non-residents. This means that you may be barred entry to Ghana unless you buy your visa in advance in your normal country of residence.

Getting to Ghana by boat

Main ports include Takoradi and Tema. Ships run between Tema and Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and South Africa.