Making your Way From Accra to Abidjan by Road

I know y’all are accustomed to me helping us the Nigerian Folks with Blog posts about travel, however, I recently decided to spread the love to our fellow English speaking Neighbors with whom we constantly engage in #JollofWars. I am sure this Accra to Abidjan bus post would not only help Ghanaians traveling to Abidjan but would also help someone somewhere who might be headed to Abidjan. 

Accra to Abidjan Bus

This is in line with opening up the blog to anyone traveling Africa to help make traveling Africa a bit stress free by helping with information. Thanks to Frank Doe, a Couchsurfing Friend who I met on one of my trips to Accra, he put together this Accra to Abidjan bus information within few hours of asking and if you find this useful, do not hesitate to click here to say Thank you or drop a comment below, I will ensure he see it.

Frank Doe

Accra Ghana to Abidjan Ivory Coast

Accra to Abidjan Bus

I went with a Ford Van from the Accra Kaneshie Ford Station to Elubo border says Frank. Elubo is the border Community on the Ghana Side. It’s a 7 hour journey and costs 60 Ghanian Cedis as at Feburary 2019 when I traveled.

I crossed the border to Noé, the Border on the Ivory Coast Side. I then took a car heading to Abidjan from Noé. It costed me CFA 5000. (It’s actually a Van, 4 passengers are seated 4 on each lane. It’s not really comfortable. They could just do it 3 and let people pay more).

Lagos to Abidjan by Road

There is also the Intercity S.T.C Bus (State Corporation Bus. Ghana government owned) which runs Accra-Abidjan Monday to Saturday. Departing Accra 6am. It cost 160 Cedis. The journey takes virtually 12 hours because of the stops and border crossing. This option takes you straight to Abidjan.

I will recommend the Ford Van from Kaneshie to Elubo ( 7 hours) then cross the border by yourself into Noé after which you take a car into Abidjan. I recommend this for those who would like to get into Abidjan before it gets dark. I personally don’t like getting to a new place in the night especially when I don’t speak the language.

I got off the Van at Grand Bassam, so I didn’t go straight to Abidjan. Irecommend Grand Bassam if you are visiting Ivory Coast for tourism. The trip from Noé to Abidjan is not that comfortable but it’s not too difficult to do. STC is a better option though be ready to get into Abidjan late.

 Note – Make sure you get to Kaneshie as early as 4:30am so as to be sure to get the first Ford Van going to Elubo.

Accra to Abidjan

Noe Elubo Border

Asides your International passport and Yellow Card you don’t need any other documents. I paid a non negotiable  5000 CFA for the stamp at the Abidjan side. I didn’t pay anything at the Ghana side of the border. The 5000 CFA is for first timers. Subsequently you will pay CFA 2000 for the stamp at the Abidjan side. There isn’t a lot of delay at both borders. You just fill the Departure and Arrival forms at the Ghana side of the border. The Abidjan side requires no filling of forms.

I joined the STC Bus on my way back to Accra, I paid 20,000 CFA and that was it. I hope you enjoy your time in Ivory Coast Like I did. Bon Voyage!!!
Accra to Abidjan Bus

Accra to Abidjan Flight

If you are thinking of flying, Air Burkina, Air Cote D’Ivoire, Emirates and South African Airways, fly this 1 hour route and you can book cheap flights to this destination here.

Lagos to Abidjan

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  • Reply Bernice May 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Please explain the 5000 CFA charge at the border a bit more. Is it that your passport was fresh? A first-time visitor to the Ivory Coast? or what. I am a bit confused.

    • AE
      Reply AE June 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Bernice, Passport was not fresh but yeah it was the first-time.

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