Local Transportation in Ghana

 

Taxis, buses, and trains are commonly used for local transportation.

taxi in ghana

Personal taxis are the most common mode of transportation in Ghana. They are easily accessible, especially in larger cities. However, it is important to vigilant and aware when entering a taxi–if the vehicle looks unsafe, dilapidated, or ill-maintained, there is a strong possibility that the driver does not have valid credentials to operate it. Use good judgement in choosing a taxi, and only negotiate taxi prices before¬†entering the vehicle.

“Tro-tros”, or public mini-buses are also a popular and cheap transportation option, but they are often very crowded, hot, and uncomfortable. The routes and final destinations can also be confusing, since they are often unmarked. It is also not advisable to take tro-tros after dark.

Ghana has international highway systems that will allow you to drive through and between neighboring countries. There are also trains that travel between big cities such as Accra. These are relatively inexpensive.

**It is important to note that Ghana does not put great emphasis on punctuality and schedules. If a train or a bus is running late, this is a normal part of life, and you should plan your schedule accordingly!

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**Pick-pockets: While traveling around Ghana, it is always important to be aware of your surroundings. Pick-pocketing is a major occurrence, especially in larger cities. Make sure that your bag is zipped up and carried in front of you and that your wallet is tucked away safely. It is also a good idea to keep copies of your passport and essential documents in your dorm or hotel room, just in case. Keep an eye out for yourself and your friends on crowded metro trains and don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise if you see something out of place. Pick-pockets scare easily!