Over time, I have collated several questions people have asked about a Nigeria Ghana road trip. Articles in my Ghana Archives already answer most of these questions but I guess it’s not a bad idea to have them all on one single page. Therefore, without further ado, let’s jump right to the FAQs.

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Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: How do I travel from Lagos to Accra?

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There are several options available to you. One option is to go with standard transport services. Most of the buses that ply this route have bus parks in Ajah, Yaba, Festac, etc. Another is to rent a car and a driver to take you down. You can find cars driving to Accra at Mile 2.

The last option is to rough it up and travel with regular public transport. I have a detailed breakdown of how to do that in this article.

Which bus service should I use to travel from Nigeria to Ghana?

This is entirely up to you. I’m not recommending anyone who isn’t paying me. hehe… Just kidding. I have tried out ABC and wrote a review about them here. I also attempted to travel with GUO transport but it did not end well. So I can’t recommend them in good faith. You just have to choose the lesser of two evils and pray for luck!

Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: Can I travel to Ghana in my personal vehicle?

Technically, yes. I reached out to the good people on Twitter for more information on how to do this and got several responses. I have collated them in this post.

Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: What documents do I need to travel from Nigeria to Ghana?

You need a valid International Passport and a Yellow Card to travel from Nigeria to Ghana. On rare occasions, immigration officers may ask for your accommodation details. It’s good to have that handy as well. Lastly, based on my personal experience, an extra ID may be useful. This could include your work or student ID or something that has your company credential on it (like a business card).

Can I travel to Ghana with an ECOWAS passport?

Yes, you can either travel with an ECOWAS passport or your international passport. This can be gotten from the immigration office closest to you.

Can I travel from Nigeria to Ghana without my International Passport?

You shouldn’t but I have seen people who constantly travel without one. I don’t think it’s worth the hassle. It’s just better to have the right documents. Also, getting stamps on your passport is a good way to start building your travel history.

Where can I get a Yellow Card in Nigeria?

Yellow Fever Cards can be gotten from the Port Health office close to the International Airport. At the time of this writing, this costs N2,000. This card is as important as your International Passport and like the latter, you can travel without it. But is it worth it? No. Sometimes, you end up paying even more than what this card costs apart from other extortion charges at the borders.

You can find out to get the new Yellow Card required for travel in this post.

How much does a Nigeria Ghana Road Trip Cost?

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I have written a comprehensive breakdown of what it would cost you to travel from Lagos to Ghana in this article. A few things may differ and since this trip was taken in 2017, there are bound to be some changes. The article would give you a general idea of what to budget for and what to expect when crossing different borders.

Should I do a Nigeria Ghana Road Trip with Naira or USD?

Travelling with USD is always a good idea. It is universally accepted and you can easily find a BDC to get local currency. Some hotels would also accept payments in USD. Most won’t accept Naira. However, if you choose to travel with Naira, you can change money at the Aflao border. (Border between Togo and Ghana)

Will my Nigerian Naira Card work in Ghana?

Sadly, this isn’t guaranteed. If you must travel with your cards alone, make sure you have a dollar MasterCard as well. Card policies in Nigeria change like the weather. You could even get caught up in a policy change while abroad.

Road Trip to Ghana: Where can I change my money?

You can change Naira at any of the borders between Seme and Aflao.

How long is the journey from Lagos to Accra?

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Prepare for an entire day’s trip. Most buses make stops in the Benin Republic and Togo. If you’re lucky, these stops will be short and won’t prolong your trip. My return journey from Accra to Lagos took about 17 hours. I broke down my onward journey, so the trip was bearable. I would recommend that you do the same if you have a bit more time. It’s just less stressful that way.

PS: Aflao border to Accra is another 4 hours – just thought to add this because I was so excited about getting into Ghana and I thought Accra would be 30 minutes away. Imagine my disappointment! If you’re travelling on your own, there’s an STC park close to the border gate. You can get a bus to Accra from there.

Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: What should I expect?

Expect to see gazillion checkpoints from Badagry to Seme. Expect the worst from the Seme border. You might be lucky (or skilled) to get a stress-free pass but prepare mentally, physically and financially for the worst. (Read about my latest border crossing experience here.)

At the time of this writing, roads are not optimal. The border crossing seems better with the opening of the new border control office. There isn’t much to write home about regarding views. Therefore, if you plan to travel by road solely because you want to enjoy the views, you might as well just fly. You won’t be missing anything.

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I hope this article answers all the questions you might have regarding taking a Nigeria Ghana road trip. If you have any more questions for me, please leave them in the comment section below. You can also search through my Ghana Archives. You’ll probably find answers there as well.

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  1. My number is [redacted] can you kindly call, I have personal questions.

  2. Victor okwor

    Thank you so much amarachi but pls I want to reside in ghana and I don’t know what accommodation is like there .pls how much should I budget for T-fee,accommodation and my feeding till i find a job?

    • Hi Victor, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I am not an expert when it comes to immigration. I have never lived in Ghana, so I don’t have an idea of what these costs are.

      • Good morning Amarachi, my name is Jimoh I intend building my passport and that of my family with some African trip so as to have a soft landing when we intend going to non African countries, pls will this work, like how much should I budget for a family of four going by road to Ghana for 1 week trip

        • Hello Jimoh, first I would say that visiting Ghana alone may not give you that soft landing – you will still have to show proof of ties to your home country, stable financial circumstances and so on. Please read my article on ways to build your travel history and let me know if you have more questions.

          Regarding the costs for a 1-week trip to Ghana, this will all depend on your travel plans/activities/budget. I also have a cost breakdown post here about my trip for 2 people. Prices will defer now but it is a good guide to help you plan your trip. Feel free to reach out to me via email if you would like me to plan the road trip for you and your family. I charge a small fee to do this.

  3. Can I travel by road from Ghana to port novo?

    • I’m not aware of the lockdown situation in Ghana or Benin Republic. My assumption is that most borders are closed and movement is restricted until the pandemic is over.

  4. I want to go to Nigeria in June, is it wise, for me to use the national identification authority card on which they have written ECOWAS card?

  5. Hey Amarachi ,

    How safe is traveling from Ghana to Nigeria?
    Is it advisable to go by road ?

    • Hello Hadddy, it’s alright. However, the journey is very long and there isn’t much of a scenery. If you’re on a tight budget or have interests in stopping by the other countries in between (Togo and Benin), then you can go for it. If you have no experiences crossing land borders or aren’t Nigerian, the easiest way to do this is to go with transportation companies who manage border passes for you. Otherwise, the best thing will be to fly.

  6. how much is the cost of ECOWAS PASSPORT


    • Well, I guess you have your answer then. Like I mentioned in the last comment, people often travel without a passport. Personally, I just wouldn’t recommend it.

  8. Hi, Amarachi I don’t have passport but I have National ID Card can I use it to travel to Ghana?

    • Hey Precious, my recommendation is for you to get a passport (either the international passport or ECOWAS passport)

      That being said, there are people who don’t travel with one and people who use the back roads to get into the neighbouring countries. Immigration officers also tend to be lenient with Students and Youth Corpers once you have an ID that shows that you are one. I’m not so sure about the National ID.

      It’s probably not an issue but you need to be prepared for anything. The officials (along with the road and at the borders) harass people who have passports, how much more people who don’t?

  9. Please if I travel to Ghana by air will my passport be stamped ?? Or it’s will be stamped only if I travel by road pls let me know cos I want to travel in 2 weeks thanks

    • Hi Princess, I confirmed with someone who has recently travelled by air and she confirmed that her passport was stamped.

      When I travelled a few years ago, mine wasn’t.

  10. I plan to travel to Ghana in three weeks time. Thankfully, I have seen all the required documents needed. My destination is University of Ghana, Legion. Any idea how I can get there? Also how can I secure accommodation for say four to five days with minimal cost ?

  11. Good Morning, please i would like to travel to Ghana this December but i dont have any Passport or a place to stay but i plan to reside there, how do i go about it. Thanks for you quick response

    • Hi.. I’m sorry I don’t have any advice on emigrating to Ghana. I have no knowledge of the process. As for getting a new passport and making plans for accommodation, you have enough time between now and December to sort that out. Go to your nearest passport office and search for accommodation using any of the platforms available or through a relative if you have one living there.