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Suspension bridge in the rainforest, Accra
 

Practical info Accra, Ghana

Getting around the city

Taxis are plentiful in Accra and can be hailed directly from the street. They're unmetered, so be prepared to negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle; taxi drivers are notorious for trying to overcharge foreigners. Shared minibus taxis (tro tros) travel along set routes around the city. They're the cheapest and most popular means of getting around Accra, but not always the safest due to poorly maintained vehicles and erratic driving habits. Tro tro drivers will usually have an assistant who will yell out the destination as the tro tro approaches a stop. Car hire is available at the airport, and it's possible to hire a vehicle with a driver, which is often the best way of travelling around the city.

Time

Local time is GMT.

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Both round and flat three-pronged plugs are commonly used.

Currency

The official currency is the Cedi (GHC), which is divided into 100 pesewas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any forex bureau as well as at some commercial banks; banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all major towns. It is advisable to keep currency exchange receipts in order to be able to re-exchange when departing. Banking hours are usually from 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and most large commercial banks have ATMs located outside, although only limited amounts of Cedis can be drawn at a time. The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners and Visa, and cards can be used for payment at major hotels and shops, although this can be risky as credit card fraud is very common. The best currencies to bring are US dollars, British Pounds or Euros as other currencies exchange at poor rates. Travellers should be aware that larger Cedi notes can usually only be used in larger establishments such as hotels and restaurants as smaller enterprises will often not have change.

Communication

The international dialling code for Ghana is +233. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Accra's city code is 0302. The telephone system is relatively reliable, but most people use mobile phones. Telephone, fax and telex services are available in all main towns, and hotels. Most major hotels also have business centres, which provide secretarial and courier services. Internet cafes are on the increase throughout the country, but connection speeds are usually slow. There are several GSM cell phone operations across Ghana that have roaming agreements with most international networks, and phones can be rented in Accra.

Emergency number

191 (Police); 193 (Ambulance); 192/999 (Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Kotoka International Airport

www.gacl.com.gh

Getting to the city

Taxis are the best option for getting to the city centre and can usually be found in the car park outside the arrivals exit. The journey to the city centre can take anything between 25 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic. It is also possible to rent a car at the airport.

Car rental

Car rental companies have booths outside the arrivals hall.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from the stand outside the terminal and usually park just outside the arrivals exit. They are unmetered so the fare should be agreed upon in advance.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are connected by a walkway.

Facilities

Facilities include shops and duty-free shopping, snack bars, a restaurant and bar, a business centre, post office and information desk. Currency exchange services and a 24-hour ATM are located in the arrivals hall. There are also 24-hour medical care and immunisation services available.

Parking

There is plentiful parking at the airport, and a designated drop-off area in front of the terminal.

Internet

Kotoka International Airport offers wifi in the departures area.