There are several bus lines in Ghana. The most popular national bus line is the Intercity STC Coaches. This bus line services most of the larger cities in Ghana. It is pretty reliable, gets you there relatively fast, and is probably the safest method of travel due to F=ma (if you know what I mean ;-). An example of STC prices: from Accra to Cape Coast (about 175 miles) is 18,000 Cedis (about $2 US). There are also different sized minibuses and taxis that will take you anywhere you are willing to pay to go. The traditional tro-tros of Ghana were once the main mode of transportation between cities, but now there are not many left that transport people.
Taxis are abundant in the cities and towns. Their prices are reasonable, however, if you are spending a lot of time in Ghana, sharing taxis with others is much more economical. Simply tell the driver that he can ‘pick others’ along the way and your price should be reduced substantially. A shared taxi from Accra to Cape Coast is around 80,000 – 100,000 Cedis. So you can have a taxi by yourself for around 300,000 Cedis.
If you are really planning to spend a lot of time 6 months or more in one spot (i.e. Accra, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Kumasi, etc.), you may even want to buy a used motorbike to 1) keep travel costs down and 2) beat the traffic. You can buy a 250-500cc motorbike for around 4-8 million Cedis (about $450 to $900 US). The resale value on used motorbikes is very good.
The road system in Ghana is a bit under developed in spots. It makes for interesting drives though. Within the cities the roads aren’t too bad.
Traveling in Ghana (Women & Men)
Ghana is a very safe country. There are many single women and men visitors that travel alone within cities and in between. However, like anywhere in the world you have to take precautions to stay safe and aware of your surroundings.
Some tips for staying safe while traveling:
- Try to travel in groups
- Try to avoid city centers and hotspots after hours
- Keep in well-lit and populated areas
- Be aware of where your things are at all times (bags, pockets, etc.)
- Mix your daily routines up so as to not be predictable
Ashanti Region is well connected by road, rail and air. Vanef STC and Neoplans Buses shuttle hourly between Kumasi and Accra daily. Similarly, other regional capitals and major towns can be