Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel To Sierra Leone

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By plane

Lungi, on the opposite side of the river from Freetown, is home to the international airport. The majority of individuals choose to use a water taxi. Sea Coach Express (Pelican), which runs to Aberdeen Bridge, and Sea Bird Express, which runs to Murray Town, are the two major firms today. For a single trip, both charge about $40. Air conditioning and WiFi are now available on the bigger boats. Hovercraft and helicopter services have ceased to exist.

Three overcrowded vehicle ferries operate from Tagrin, on the southern point of Lungi, to Kissy Ferry Terminal in Freetown, crossing the sea in 45-70 minutes but taking several hours including waiting and loading periods. Local speedboats (US$1.25) and bigger, slower “pampa” boats (US$0.50) are by far the most cheap, if not the safest, options for individuals with a small load. When they’re full, they travel on the same route as the automobile ferries. Although the landing at Lungi is damp, porters are on hand to help you in and out of the boats for a nominal charge (US$0.25).

By car, it takes 5+ hours to get to the city through Port Loko, which has some bad roads. This would most likely be the most unpleasant option, and it’s unlikely that anybody takes it.

All of the various modes of transportation from the airport to Freetown have raised safety concerns.

Paris is served by Air France (via Conakry). Four times a week, Brussels Airlines[www] flies to Brussels. McPhillips Travel and Fly Salone has closed its doors.

There are flights available to Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Casablanca (Royal Air Maroc), Accra (ASKY Airlines, Kenya Airways), Lagos (Arik Air), Banjul (Arik Air, ASKY Airlines), Conakry (ASKY Airlines), Monrovia (Royal Air Maroc), and Bamako (ASKY Airlines).

Because locals are returning for the Christmas holidays, it may be difficult to obtain seats in December. It is critical to make reservations as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, thefts from carry-on luggage were formerly frequent at airports, particularly on flights out of the nation. Anything valuable should be kept in your cabin baggage.

By car

Sierra Leone is now accessible by road from Guinea (Conakry) and Liberia. When crossing the border in a private car, certain permissions are needed. Private taxis, buses, and trucks go to and from Conakry/Freetown on a regular basis.

As of January 2013, the border between Guinea (Kopoto) and Sierra Leone (Kambia) was open, as was the border with Liberia at Bo (Waterside).

The ‘Laissez-Passer Pour Vehicule’, available at the Guinea Embassy for US$40, and the ‘Vehicle Clearance Permit,’ available at the Sierra Leone Embassy for US$40, make it feasible to cross with a vehicle or motorbike. For Sierra Leone, an extra ‘Ecowas International Circulation Permit’ will be needed, which may be purchased for Le 100,000 at the border.

For evidence of car insurance, an Ecowas ‘Brown Card’ may be required.

By bus

Sierra Leone’s Road Transport Authority operates buses that connect the country’s main cities. In Sierra Leone, there are poda poda minibuses that may be utilized. They are operated by private people with among of the country’s poorest driving abilities, and may cost anything from 2500 to 5000 Leones (£0.50-£1). Because there are no marked bus stops, one must stand on a roadway and gesture for the bus to come to a halt. Personal items should be kept safe, since petty theft is prevalent on these buses. They’re typically dangerously overcrowded as well.

By boat

Sierra Leone boasts the world’s third biggest natural port and is anticipating the arrival of cruise ships. Ships carrying cargo and passengers dock at the Queen Elizabeth II quay, although certain passenger/cargo and private boats may dock at the Government Wharf in downtown Freetown, with the majority of arrivals coming from Conakry and Banjul. Cargo Shipping Agencies should be contacted for further information.