Accra travel guide

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You're Going to Love Accra

Accra is a busy modern city, where the streets smell of delicious foods and the beach waits to cool you down.

You'll find a thriving local cultural scene, with everything from traditional song and dance to modern clubs with the latest live music. There are traditional crafts and cutting-edge contemporary fashions to be explored. The city's Dutch, British, and Danish influences blend with West African roots to create an unmissable destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Accra

1. Local History and Culture

Check out the National Museum of Ghana, artisan crafts at the Accra Art Centre, and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

2. The Beach

Bojo Beach and Labadi Beach are just two options around Accra offering sparkling waters, along with activities like horseback riding and surfing.

3. Great Shopping

From the busy Makola Market to the sleek Marina Mall and Accra Mall, you'll find bargains and good prices on everything from fashions to souvenirs and jewelry.

4. Foodie Scene

From street food to fine dining, there is a thriving foodie scene waiting to be explored in the city, including international influences on the busy trading port.

5. Non-Stop Nightlife

Accra boasts a hopping nightlife scene, whether your taste runs to dance clubs, live music, chic cocktail lounges, or good time bars.

Where to Eat in Accra

Enjoy superb Indian cuisine outdoors at Khana Khazana, with mains starting at GH₵20. For classic West African cuisine, choose Chez Clarisse Mama Africa, where dishes start at GH₵30.

When to visit Accra

Accra in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 18
1 night at 3-star hotel
Accra in July
Estimated hotel price
C$ 18
1 night at 3-star hotel

There are two rainy seasons in Accra, with hot, humid temperatures year round. Most tourists visit during the cooler, drier periods between July and August, and December and April, when temperatures range between 77 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

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How to Get to Accra

Plane

Kotoka International Airport (ACC) is located about 6 miles from the city center. A taxi from the airport to the city should cost about ‎GH₵7.

Train

Accra is a hub of the Ghana Railway Corporation, with connections to Kumasi and beyond.

Car

The Accra-Winneba Highway links Accra and Winneba in the Central region, along with most major centers in Ghana.

Bus

Intercity bus service run by the State Transportation Corporation, with connections to most major centers in the country, and stops throughout the city center, which makes it an alternative to the tro tro system.

Airports near Accra

Airlines serving Accra

Lufthansa
Good (1,077 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,334 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,785 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (946 reviews)
British Airways
Good (765 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,558 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (304 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (851 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (473 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (584 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (332 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (120 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (123 reviews)
Egypt Air
Good (109 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (80 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (79 reviews)
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Where to stay in Accra

Afia Beach Hotel offers waterside comfort, a great central location, and your choice of room or bungalow. You can experience the stylish, modern side of Accra at the mid-priced Soriania Hotel.

Popular neighbourhoods in Accra

The Beach - the Labadi beach area is lined with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Central Accra - this includes the historic heart of the city and many of its hotels. You'll find the National Museum, Independence Square, and other attractions here.

Accra West - this modern area of town is where you'll find a lively business district, including the new West Hills Mall.

Where to stay in popular areas of Accra

Most booked hotels in Accra

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 308+
Alisa Hotel North Ridge
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 138+
Labadi Beach Hotel
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
C$ 394+
Holiday Inn Accra Airport
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
C$ 239+
Golden Tulip Accra
Good (6, Good reviews)
C$ 212+
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How to Get Around Accra

Public Transportation

There is no public transit system per se, but there is a private network of tro tro, or minibuses. Standard fare is between ‎GH₵1-5. Ask a local to show you how to flag one down.

Taxi

Most taxis in the city are not metered, so be sure to negotiate a price before you set off. A typical fare within town is GH₵3-5.

Car

A car rental will let you explore Mole National Park and other attractions nearby. You can rent a car with a driver for about GH₵41.50 per hour or GH₵345 per day.

The Cost of Living in Accra

Shopping Streets

You'll find a wealth of shopping options on Lokko Road or Cantonments Road in the Osu neighborhood. The Makola Market is the largest of the traditional markets, located in the central part of the city.

Groceries and Other

Lara Mart and MaxMart 37 are good-sized supermarkets, while Saagar Supermarket is a cheap alternative. A quart of milk will cost about GH₵2.30 and a dozen eggs GH₵2.50.

Cheap meal
C$ 8.37
A pair of jeans
C$ 45.96
Single public transport ticket
C$ 1.16
Cappuccino
C$ 3.20