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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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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.
Hi Bernice, Passport was not fresh but yeah it was the first-time.
Thank you so much!
Hi Wonderful, Thanks for taking out time to drop this comment.
Is the 5000 Cfa for a Visa or a stamp in the passport?
Hi Boriquah, it was just for the stamp, I am a Ghanaian citizen and I do not require a visa to travel there.
Shout out AE. Awesome putting your website together. Simple but informative. Thanks for providing both bus/airline booking options traveling from Accra to Abidjan. I am flying from NYC into Accra, and in as much as flying is more convenient, I have decided to catch a bus from Accra to Abidjan for the simple sake of seeing the terrain and landscape of my continent. Is this 10+ hour trip on Ghana STC somewhat scenic? Are there any food/stretch breaks? Is there entertainment on the buses? Regarding border checks, do passengers descend from bus or does the immigration officer come on the bus to check passports? How long can the immigration stop/check take? Merci beaucoup!!!
Hi Nik, thanks so much for the kind words. Its a bit of a scenic drive, you will catch some beautiful spots. There is usually a movie show in the bus. Sometimes there can be free WiFi ( Not always though). There are food and bathroom breaks on the way. You will need to get from the bus at the border to fill out immigration forms and stamp. Usually the immigration process can take up to an hour.
Thanks for this post, it has been an eye opener, as I intend travelling to Abidjan this December by road from Lagos. Could you please help with hotel price range in Grand bassam as the trip tends to be a low budget trip for a first timer.. Regards
Hi Jubril, I’m not so sure about hotel prices, I suggest you do a general check online.
Hi AE, this post has been so informative. Please as a Nigerian going to Ivory Coast from Ghana by road. Do we need to get visa?
Hi Jumie, no you do not. We are all ECOWAS countries
Hi AE, thank you for sharing your experience with us. such an informative post, concise and straight to point.
Hi Mayowa, thanks for taking out time to drop a comment
For someone travelling from Nigeria. What is the amouth of the 5,000 cfa, 20,000 cfa in Nigeria money today?
Hi Peter, exchange rate varies daily. It would really depend. It has been a couple of years since I travelled so I cannot share current exchange rates.
The rate is almost 1:1…….. 1000 naira = 1,000 cfa
Yeah I can imagine…Naira has devalued a lot. It used to be way better.
Hi… I am impressed by what I have read here. As a blogger, I feel you gave me a perfect guide as a prepare to travel to Abijan in a few days. Kindly get in touch via my email.
Hi Wisdom, Glad you enjoyed it.
Hello AE, thanks for this insightful information. You’ve really helped me here for real. Please what is the “yellow card” that you mentioned in the post? Thanks a lot AE
Hi Emmanuel, apologies for the late response. I am glad you found the post helpful. Yellow card is essentially proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Hello, I hope I am not to late , I am a Nigerian with Nigerian passport. I would be traveling from Accra to Abidjan on March by road , pls I would need all the help and Info on how ti go about things .
Hi Jahn, it has been a log time since I did the road travel.Safe trip and let us know how it goes