Roberts International Airport (IATA: ROB) (also known as Roberts International Airport or RIA) is situated in Robertsfield, about 60 kilometers from the city center.
Delta Air Lines flies from the United States. This flight departs from Atlanta straight. Ethiopian Airlines has an Addis Ababa layover. Royal Air Maroc flies from Casablanca to London.
On Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Brussels Airlines offers flights. Air France flies from Paris to Conakry on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may check in at their city center facility on the day of your flight. Checking in at the airport is more difficult and time consuming.
Once upon a time, the journey from the airport to the city was notorious. With the return of peace and order, the situation has considerably improved. UNMIL has now completely safeguarded and made the road safe.
Although helicopter flights are by far the most convenient mode of transportation, they are only available to UN officials. During the rainy season, bad weather compels helicopters to return, particularly from Voinjama.
As of February 2010, the roads from Roberts Airport to Monrovia and Monrovia to the Sierra Leone border at Bo (Waterside) are paved and in good shape. Other regions have terrible road conditions, therefore a 4×4 may be required for travel. Travel times are much longer during the wet season. Due to many traffic jams and damaged parts of road, travel in Monrovia may be sluggish. Gas is sold in gallons, not litres, in the United States. The majority of distances and speed restrictions are expressed in mph.
For visitors, there are no long-distance buses. The government recently acquired a few buses for public transportation, which are now available for use under the National Transit Authority’s (NTA) supervision from their main terminal in Gardnerville. Intercity transit to places such as Buchanan, Gbarnga, Tubmanburg, Kakata, and Robertsport is now in operation, with plans to expand to cities such as Zwedru, Ganta, and Bopolu in the future. For chartered express, tourist sofas are set up. While this is going on, the NTA is crisscrossing Monrovia, giving transit to all of the suburbs as well as the downtown center. A number of private buses, such as Lizard corporate and individual transportations, also serve the suburbs and the central business area. Take caution while boarding buses and avoid rushing since criminals, known locally as “Rogue,” take advantage of the situation to steal. Form a line at different bus stations and terminals. Buses are often overcrowded, so pack a fan or seat near a window if you can.
The most efficient mode of transportation in Monrovia. The majority of Monrovia taxis on the streets will pick up several people on route, and are therefore often overcrowded. Because being robbed in a cab is a possibility, ask someone you trust whether they know of a trustworthy taxi driver to contact. If you can’t locate one, try renting a cab to your location just for your needs.
Long-distance shared taxis depart from “Douala Station” in Monrovia’s northern suburbs for destinations across Liberia. They’re usually older yellow Nissan station wagons that depart when ten people have bought tickets. The cost of a shared cab is affordable. As of February 2010, the three-hour trip from Monrovia to Robertsport costs LRD350 (US$5).
Alternatively, at a considerably higher fee, a “charter” cab may be hired for solo travel.