Daily Commuting in Ghana

Daily Commuting in Ghana

Another essential to everyday living is our ability to move from one point to the other with much ease in this regard.

In Ghana there are diverse ways of moving from place to place but how and when you want to get to the destination is solely based on the individual. Where you are in a part of the country and the time factor also determines what kind of transport is available to you.

Train travel is really awesome, it’s only unfortunate it hasn’t been developed even though it has a lot of potential. The only working rail lines in Ghana currently run from the train station located downtown Accra, around the Makola market to Nsawam and Tema, also that of the rails from Takoradi to Sekondi Suburban.
The train services aren’t available 24 hours a day, there are time schedules so if you miss it you’ll need to find another means of transport to get to your destination. One other thing to note about the train service is that there is limited seating as the coaches are few.

In the cities you’ll find buses, taxis, , and car rentals available at all times. Back in the country side you’ll find some taxis and very few buses, most people in these places either own a car/truck/wagon, motorcycle or a bicycle as the communities are closely knit and you wouldn’t have to travel far to find what you need or a neighbor; most errands are done on foot, going far will mean moving out of your neighborhood to another town.

Buses in the cities vary from the metros to “Trotro” (indigenous name for a bus), the metro buses are mostly of VDL, Ashok Leyland and Yutong brands, whilst the trotro’s are makes from Mercedes Benz (207, 208, 304 & the sprinters), Nissan, Mazda and Toyota mini Vans. Taxis are usually of Toyota, Opel, Hyundai and Nissan makes as these are known to be economically friendly, but you sure will see taxis of other makes( as each renders different services and ply’s different routes).

Fares are mostly charged based on the distance of your journey, but when you chatter a taxi you can count on the driver to also add time spent to your fare when you keep the driver waiting on you. Taxis charge twice as much as buses for the same distance as trotro’s.

Getting a bus or taxi can be easy or dreading depending on where you are waiting on one. Moving over to a main street or a station will save your time spent waiting on one. If you find yourself in or going into a residential or developing area where most residents drive out, it’ll be better to have the taxi driver come back for you (making them wait = to higher charges) after a specified duration or have who you visited drop you off somewhere you can get a car back to your destination or risk walking on a lonely road.

Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Tema Station, Madina, Lapaz, Achimota & Mallam station are some of the transport terminals which serve as major transit hubs to every corner of Ghana.

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