Lagos To Accra By Road: A Traveller's Guide
Choosing A Transport CompanyDifferent companies offer different perks like discounts for children and students, DVD players on their buses, etc. Let's talk about a few things to consider before booking your bus ticket from Lagos to Accra. First things first, you will have to consider your budget. Pick a transport company, that offers a price you are comfortable with. It would also be advisable to choose to travel from Nigeria to Ghana with a transport company which is closest to your home. This would reduce the risk of you arriving at the park late and miss your bus. The bus benefits are also very important. Try to find out if there's lunch is available, or a movie on the bus. Be sure to do your own research to get an idea about the comfort level of the buses of each transport company.
Finding Accra Bound Buses from LagosThere are various road transport companies available in Lagos that travel from Nigeria to Ghana on a regular basis. They include:
1. ABC TransportLocation: Amuwo Odofin Bus Terminal Average Price: N15,500 Address: Plot 79, Oba Kayode Akinyemi Way, Amuwo Odofin, By FESTAC Bypass, Lagos Tel: 080340409964, 018793076, 08053001000, 08142552436 Email: [email protected] *Online booking is available, the first bus leaves at 6:15 am daily. There are 2-3 buses available daily. [email protected] *Online booking is available, 1 bus available daily at 6:00 am
3. EFEX EXECUTIVE TransportLocation: Yaba Terminal Average price: N14,00 - N16,500 Address: 77/79, Murtala Muhammed Way, Yaba, Lagos Tel: 08077790250 Email: [email protected] *Online booking is available via 3rd party platforms, 2 buses available daily, the first bus departs at 6:00 am
4. Cross CountryLocation: Yaba Terminal Average Price: N18,500 Address: 345, Murtala Mohammed Way, Yaba, Lagos Tel: 08067024485, 07060418477 Email: [email protected] *Online booking is available via 3rd party platforms, 3 buses available daily, the first bus departs at 6:00 am
5. GUO TransportLocation: Alafia Terminal Average Price: N20,550 Address: Alhaji Orire Street, Coker, Alafia, Lagos Tel: 08174594910, 08075090620 *Online booking is available via 3rd party platforms, 1 bus available daily, the bus departs at 6:00 am. Please note: Prices often increase during festive periods and so do the number of buses leaving to Ghana per day.
Travel Time from Lagos to AccraThe journey from Lagos to Accra by road should take about 9 hours to cover a 461.7 km distance. If you departed Lagos at the same time as those leaving for Abuja, you would arrive at Accra about 3 hours before them. The trip from Accra to Lagos is generally not so busy, except during Christmas. But even at that time of year, you can expect a smooth travel experience.
What To PackYou will be on the road from Nigeria to Ghana for 9+ hours, so packing your luggage should be done meticulously.
- The first trick is to pack as light as possible with a suitcase/bag that is compact, not bulky. Certain transporters weigh luggage and would charge extra for heavy bags. Also, consider you will be arriving at Accra in the later part of the day and you wouldn't want to be dragging a heavy bag around at that hour.
- Take a carry-on bag that contains all your essentials. Make sure you pack a lot of snacks in this bag. The trip from Lagos to Accra is a long one and with very few stops. There will be long stretches of time where you may not see a city or be able to purchase any food. Be sure to make inquiries as to whether food will be served in your bus. This would help you properly plan ahead.
What To EatWhile it is advisable to you pack a few snacks for your journey, there will be a few stops on the way where you can purchase some food. Most travellers' favourite stop is at the Lagos-Cotonou (Benin Republic) border known as Seme border. At the Seme border, you will be required to get down from the bus and walk to the Cotonou side on foot. The border town of Seme is a fairly developed settlement, with a market, ready to provide goods and services for travellers. The Seme border is perhaps, the busiest border in Southwestern Nigeria; it is a great place for you to practice some French, buy some food and maybe grab a few souvenirs. The next major stop is the Aflao border that separates Ghana from Togo. This stop is obviously at the tail end of the journey, which means you should stock up as much as you can at the Seme border. The Aflao border is less of a hassle than the Seme border, it's a great preview to the calm demeanour of the Ghanaians you will be meeting at Accra. There are also more English speakers here, so the communication barrier is lessened. At both borders, food is cheap and a wide array of foodstuff are available. They also provide currency changing services if you have the need for that.
- At the borders, there will be people trying to convince you to give them your passport, so they can help you get it stamped. Be careful never to hand your passport to anyone not wearing the appropriate uniform.
- As an ECOWAS citizen, you're not required to cross the borders using your travel documents as you do not need a VISA.
- Make sure to get direction from your bus driver about exactly what you are expected to do at the border crossing to avoid being taken advantage of.
- You may be required to pay some money at the border, again, be sure to ask the driver about this.
- Enjoy the long scenic ride from Lagos to Accra. You'll pass a lot of towns and settlements between Nigeria and Ghana, be sure to take it all in.
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