By now, I’m guessing it is no news that I traveled from Lagos to Ghana by road a few months back. If you follow me on Instagram, you should have seen all my posts about my stay there and if you don’t, there’s this post I did on the blog here announcing my road trip to Ghana a few hours before I began my journey.
It was my first time going to Ghana and my first time having to plan a trip with someone who was also a first timer. A lot of the people I knew that went to Ghana from Lagos did so by road and seeing as we didn’t have enough funds to go by air, going by road was the only option.
What nobody told me about going from Lagos to Ghana by road is that it is going to be a long and exhausting journey. If I had known, maybe I would have been better prepared for the journey ahead. So, that’s why I’m writing this post to properly inform someone else.
This is going to be the first part of my Ghana travel series and in this post, I’ll basically be talking about my experience traveling from Lagos to Ghana by road, choosing a transport company and a bit of a review of the service. I’ll be doing a cost breakdown and list of places to visit a.k.a the exploring we got up to in another post.Thinking Of Going From Lagos To Ghana By Road? You Should Read This First! Click To Tweet
Choosing A Transport Company.
My initial idea for our road trip to Ghana was to do it ourselves crossing from border to border and taking a rest for a night at each country we passed through but because money wasn’t exactly on our side, we had to go the direct route instead. Also, we both decided that we really didn’t want to have to go through the stress of crossing the border and having to do it over again at three different borders would have been too much for first timers like us.
I crossed just one border during my trip to Cotonou and I know how annoyed I was during the whole process even though we had a pro travel with us to help us prevent being scammed.
As expected, we made inquiries and ended up with two options – Chisco transport or ABC transport. We did some research on both travel companies and Chisco seemed like the best choice with fewer negative reviews (even though it was honestly like choosing between the devil and the deep dark sea)
Eventually, we decided to go with ABC transport only because Chisco didn’t have a restroom in the bus. Imagine going for such a long journey and having to mentally will your bladder not to need the rest room. I definitely wasn’t about that peeing in the bush life. Nah, miss me with that.
Because procrastination is my last name, I left booking our seats on the bus till last minute (Literally, the night before our trip). Fortunately, ABC transport has an online portal so we could book online right down to the seat number. We went with their executive express bus which is a 52 seater with AC, toilet facility and Tvs.
Our departure time was for 7 A.M and we left our rooms thinking we had our seats pat down and all we had to do was pay + get checked in. Wrong! Instead, we got there only to find out that booking online only reserves your seat for a very short time. Meaning that we could have been left without any travel means if the bus was filled up regardless of the fact that we booked online! Thankfully, the bus still had lots of spaces so we were able to secure other seats.
The cost for the executive express from Lagos to Accra was N15, 500 per person although we paid some extra fees. I paid an extra 400Naira or so for my “virgin passport” (First time using the passport on the road to Ghana) and Alex paid an extra 2000 Naira for her yellow card (I came with mine).
Heading Back from Accra to Lagos, we paid N17,280 individually and Alex had to pay extra for her yellow card again because appaz, the first one was just for the “to” journey and not the “fro”. So, I’ll just advise you to get your own yellow card instead.
The Journey + Service
The departure time was meant to be 7 AM but we ended up leaving by close to 9 AM. Honestly, I wasn’t so bothered by this because I was prepared for the wait and a lot of people said it could have been longer so I was happy that it was just a 2-hour wait.
What bothered me the most was the many stops we had to do on the road with no one explaining why and what was happening. We were still in Lagos by 2 pm which was so frustrating! The bus kept stopping on the road side for long hours that I just had to go ask the driver what was happening. Apparently, our luggage was being checked by custom officials. sigh
Going from Lagos to Ghana by Road requires crossing three borders which are
- Lagos – Cotonou Border
- Cotonou – Togo Border
- Togo – Ghana Border
As expected, we didn’t get to Cotonou until about 4pm but crossing that border wasn’t so much stress. There was the long wait for everything to get checked at the border but at least we didn’t have to get down and cross by foot.
The Togo border was real!! We had to all get down from the bus to cross the border between Cotonou and Togo by Foot. Togo seemed like stepping into another time entirely, it was so windy and busy. For a minute there, Alex and I thought we had lost our bus. I lowkey panicked lol.
We also had to get down at the Ghana border for the immigration officials to check our bags. I mentioned that it was going to be a 12hr trip in my announcement post but it lasted almost 24hrs! We left Lagos by 9 am and didn’t get to the park in Ghana until past 12 am! This has to be the longest 24hrs of my life!
On the plus side, we were given food on the bus. Though I didn’t eat mine, I definitely didn’t see that coming so it was a pleasant surprise. And we also got biscuits and juice box to go with it. The long journey was also bearable because of the TVs, they played some really good Nigerian movies on the bus so I was kept a bit entertained.Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Travelling From Lagos To Ghana By Road! Click To Tweet
The road trip in itself wasn’t anything spectacular. We passed through mainly the rural areas of both countries and everywhere seemed to remind me of places in Nigeria – definitely nothing exciting.
Will I go on another road trip from Ghana to Lagos? Heck No! Okay, maybe I should be a bit easy on the No because the determining factor will be if I have flight money. haha. Also, If the journey will be broken down like I initially wanted or if we’ll be chartering a private bus for the journey, then Yes!
Have you been to Ghana? And did you go by Road? How was your experience? What transport company did you use and would you do it again?
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