Car Rentals and Roadways
- How do I get around during my stay?
- Car Rentals
Our strong recommendation is that you hire a driver along with your car rental. There are a number of companies that will provide you with a car and a driver for very affordable rates. They are sometimes referred to as "Charter Taxis". Although you are permitted to drive in Ghana with a valid international driver's permit, most will agree that it is better to hire a driving service. This eliminates the stress of navigating through poorly marked roadways or traffic. In addition, you have the added measure of security gained from traveling with a local resident who is well acquainted with Ghanaian laws and customs.
- Public Transportation
Ghana's public transportation is readily available and affordable.
Taxis are plentiful in the main cities. There are a large variety of privately-owned and company-owned taxi services. They are convenient and easy to use. Look for numbers painted on the side of the car to verify that the taxi has registered with the Transport Union. Make sure the communication is clear between you and the driver. Negotiate the pricing before you get in the taxi and confirm that they are familiar with your destination.
Busing is an affordable option for in-country distance travaling. Vanef/STC buses and GPRTU buses are scheduled and generally reliable busing companies that run throughout the country. STA offers a luxury line with air conditioning. You will want to purchase your ticket a day in advance to reserve a seat on theb bus. Express buses are also available with few or no stops for an additional cost. Please keep in mind that traveling by bus is safest during the day.
Tro-tros are the least expensive form of travel as well as the most adventurous. Tro-tros are old, shaky vans that pack in 15 people or more. They travel along a set route but the departures and arrivals are not entirely scheduled. Most tro-tros wait until they have full occupancy before they begin driving. Many of them have informal bus stops, but you may also flag them down along the road. It will take some time in the area to become familiar with the local routes.