Over Easter, my sister and I embarked on a Nigeria Ghana road trip from Lagos to Accra via Grand Popo and Lome. We spent 2 days in Grand Popo, Benin, half a day in Lome, Togo and a total of 6 days in Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana. This cost breakdown is based solely on our experience and is only intended for trip planning and to present a fair idea of how much to budget.

All prices stated here are either approximate values or exact values at the time of this writing. If you have recently embarked on this trip, leave me a comment here and I’ll update the pricing on this post.

Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: Stop 1 – Benin Republic

grand popo karen

I have previously written a breakdown for Benin when I visited Fidjrosse and Ouidah for N20,000 only. You can find that here. This time, my sister and I stayed in Grand Popo and here’s a breakdown of our trip.


Getting from Lekki to Seme: We took a bus to CMS  for N200, to Mile 2 for N400 and Badagry for N800 (See the detailed route here). A shared taxi from Badagry took us to the Seme border for N300.

Getting to Grand Popo from Seme: We grabbed a bike from the border into the town for N400 and a shared taxi into Cotonou for 1,000cefa each. Then another taxi from Cotonou to Grand Popo for 2,500cefa each.

Crossing the Seme Border

Crossing the border should be free but unfortunately, it isn’t. What this means is that you can and should haggle your way through immigration if you must get your passport stamped. Or be prepared to wait for hours if you refuse to pay. Crossing the border for the first time attracts a different fee from an ‘old crosser’. You need a valid passport and yellow card to cross these borders. Here’s what to expect.

On the Nigerian side:

There are about 4 stops/shacks. The first isn’t a stop but they ask for money anyway. You can get away without paying anything there. The second is the ‘Port Health’ stop. If you’re crossing for the first time (with your valid yellow card certificate), they’d ask for N1,500. We paid N1,000 for my sister. I didn’t have to pay.

The next stop is where you ‘register your passport’ (LOL, even writing this is ridiculous!). Anyway, first-timers pay N500. I don’t think you can haggle your way out of paying this. After that is the ‘immigration office’. They asked for a total of N1,000 in the two rooms. We paid N500. And that was all for the Nigerian side.

On the Beninese Side:

There are three stops. First is the main immigration office. PS: Don’t pay money to the guys outside the shack if you want to get your passport stamped. The price for first-timers is N2,000 and the old-timers are N500. Next is the Port Health stop. The price for first-timers is N1,000. (I paid N500, my first time). Old-timers go for free. Last is a bike stop where first-timers pay another N500.

Of course, you can escape all of this by taking a standard bus from Lagos. They manage all the border formalities on your behalf.

Accommodation, Feeding & Entertainment: Nigeria Ghana Road Trip

auberge de grand popo
auberge de grand popo

We stayed at the Auberge de Grand Popo and it cost us N40,000 for two nights (including lunch on arrival day and breakfast for 2 days). Lunch on day 2 cost us N4,000.

We didn’t get up to much in Grand Popo as we had money issues but we got an offer to tour some key places for N7,000.

(Scroll down for an overview)

Nigeria Ghana Road Trip: Stop2- Ghana

I love accra


Getting to Accra from Grand Popo: We took a motor taxi (bike) from our hotel to the Hillacondji border for N1,400. After crossing the border, we shared a taxi to a stop in Lome and a motor taxi to the Aflao border. The cost was N2,400. From the Aflao border, we hopped on an STC bus into Accra for N4,000.

Getting from Accra to Cape Coast and back: Our onward journey with STC was billed at N3,800, while our return journey with another service cost us N5,000.

Our return journey to Lagos from Accra using ABC transport service cost us N21,600 each.

Crossing the Hillacondji & Aflao Borders

On the Benin Republic side, there’s just one stop and first-timers are asked for 2,000cefa. It’s the same on the Togo side as well. For the Aflao border, I can’t say much because we crossed for free. But we were asked for 3,000cefa each on the Togo side.

(See, only a few lines. Seme border is the worst!)

Accommodation, Feeding & Entertainment

urbano hotel
We got a pretty sweet upgrade at Urbano hotel

Our first three nights were spent at a guest house in Accra. We paid N6,000/night. Then we moved to Urbano hotel which cost us N35,000/night and in Cape Coast, we stayed at Almond Tree Guest House for N16,500/night. We spent our last night in a lovely apartment hotel (Earl Heights), hosted by Meyiwa & Juliana.

banku fish
Ghana Jollof rice

We spent a total of N25,000 on food and another N30,000 on tours in Accra and Cape Coast.

Total Costs for a Nigeria Ghana Road Trip

Here’s an overview of everything we spent on our Nigeria to Ghana Road Trip;

Nigeria to Ghana Road Trip

Again, this is solely based on our experience. Therefore, these prices may differ due to various reasons.

PS: Here’s a list of all the articles in the Nigeria to Ghana Road Trip series;

Road Tripping from Lagos to Grand Popo

Grand Popo to Accra

Accra to Cape Coast (The Castles & Kakum National Park)

Travel Cost Breakdown

A Review of Services.

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  1. Hey there, that’s well explanatory. I’m actually a student and plan to study in the Ashesi University in Ghana and I don’t have a passport so how then do I do it as I am a minor

  2. Very lovely breakdown. It’ll come in handy when my friends and I eventually finalize plans for our own trip. Thank you for sharing!

  3. God bless you sis Amara

  4. Thank you so much my sister for this wonderful and explicit guide to journey around this countries, hopping to go around soon, but can you throw little light on gospel work over there?

    • Thanks for your comment, Emmanuel. Not conversant with gospel work/practices in countries I visit. I reckon they’ll be similar to what you have here in NG.

  5. Interesting insights you have provided. I am planning to make a similar trip, but I’ll be going as far as the most western point – Dakar, Senegal, and Cape Verde.
    I needed some idea of the costs at least as far as Accra, which your post has provided. It’s great to see someone who shares that restless travelling spirit. I think I’m even more encouraged to share my experiences on an East African tour I did recently – Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. May share that soon.

    • Hi Paul, glad to know this was beneficial to you. Your trip to Dakar, Cape Verde sounds exciting. Looking forward to reading about it. x

    • I love traveling n I wish I could do it with you because I don’t know how to go about it. Would love to have a travel partner

  6. DepthsHeights

    Wish I could get some information on driving (personal car) through from Nigeria to Ghana and back. I know it would be more challenging and probably expensive but I guess I’d be expecting more fun to compensate it.

    Any ideas?

    • No ideas at all.. This question has been asked multiple times here, so I think it’s time to get a guest poster who has done this to write an article for us…

  7. Dear Amara, were you sharing a room with your sister or you guys stayed in separate rooms???

  8. Nice inspiring piece (you didn’t hint about language barrier and how it influenced your trip though). I should do a road trip to Ghana this year, Insha Allah. I left my email in the comment requirements, I hope I can get email alerts when you publish new articles. Good Job

    • I think that’ll be a great topic for a new post – Language and how it affects travel within West Africa. Thanks for the idea. I speak a little French to get by in Francophone countries but I can imagine that it would be a bit difficult for someone who doesn’t. A few people speak English (and Yoruba) though, so you won’t be completely lost. I have included your name in list of subscribers 🙂

  9. Good morning ma, please I’m a student who want to get to Togo for a business to get ladies shoes.. How do I get a passport and what will it cost me to get there. From Port Harcourt

    • Hello Vivian, you can get your passport from any immigration office close to you. I don’t live in PH, so I’m not sure where that is. For costs, I broke down the costs for Lagos to Togo. You could include what it will cost you to come down to Lagos from PH to get a total estimate.

  10. Good morning ma, please can I travel to Ghana with only passport , and hw do I get it pls how much does it cost

    • Hi Favour, you need both a Nigerian passport and a yellow card to visit Ghana. The yellow card costs N1,000 (as at last year). You can get this from the Port Health office at the international airport (or outside it). The passport cost somewhere around N30,000 (+-). You can get that from the Nigerian Immigration Service offices in the state where you live.

  11. Love this post! I was in Nigeria last year for 3 weeks and so badly wanted to go to Ghana, just didnt know how to go about it. When I am next in Nigeria I will defo be going to Ghana. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Amara, I thank you for your time and your explanation to my knowledge am grateful. I want to ask for one thing. Can the ABC bus go straight to GH Direct and is the bus get stop at the border too I mean the Abc bus

    • Hi Marvelous, the buses stop in each country along the route to Ghana (i.e. Benin and Togo). They also have to stop at the borders of these countries because all passengers have to get their passports stamped.

  13. Hi Amarachi, nice post.

    Going to Ghana by Feb 2nd and would most likely be doing my yellow card by Monday (29th January 2018), but I read somewhere that I need my yellow card done 10 days before travel.

    What do you think? Its for a meeting

    • Hiya, I have not heard that before but I wouldn’t dispute it. I think you should just let the people who administer the yellow card know about your travel dates and they’ll advice you as appropriate.

  14. This is really beautiful. Nice write up

  15. Great write up! Impressive!