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Lagos to Ghana by road: bus price 2019 & travel tips

By Juliet Onyeachonam
Publish on July 25, 2019

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With just about ₦20,000, you can enjoy a cozy bus trip from Lagos, Nigeria to Accra, Ghana by road. However, before you board the bus and are ready to go, there are some really important things you should know to have a safe and fun trip. Let's check it out!

How long, and how many hours does it take from Lagos to Ghana by road?

The duration of the trip varies depending on the speed of the bus, the expertise of the driver and the route followed. On average, it takes about 9 hours and 30 minutes to reach the Accra (459.3 km) via Accra - Aflao Rd/N1 assuming everything moves smoothly without unplanned delays and unforeseen hindrances.

Typically, the trip is shorter by 3 hours in comparison to the same bus from Lagos to Abuja at the same speed. You should note that It is possible to experience long queues and delays at the borders especially during peak times and festive periods.

Lagos to Ghana by road prices from best transport companies

The similarities between Nigeria and Ghana in terms of culture, food and way of life is immense and highly noticeable. This explains the influx of Nigerians into the Ghanaian capital and vice versa. The ease of transport and availability of numerous options of travel are also factors that contribute to the increase in the population of Nigerians choosing Accra as a top holiday and business destination.

Different transport companies transverse the route from Lagos to Ghana by road and just like flight tickets the prices vary depending on the bus you decide to travel on. The cost of fuel, time of travel, availability of buses, off peak season or in demand season and some other factors play into the variation in prices. See the table below:

  Bus prices for Lagos to Accra (Ghana)
 Transport Company Bus price
 ABC Transport  ₦16,000 – ₦18,000
 Chisco Transport  ₦14,000 - ₦16,000
 Efex Executive Transport  ₦15,000 - ₦19,000
 Cross Country Transport  ₦17,500 - ₦22,000
 Guo Transport  ₦19,000 - ₦25,000

During festive seasons and holidays there is a considerable hike in prices due to increase in demand for tickets in relative to supply. This increase in passengers drives up the price especially at the end of the year during Christmas and leading up to the new year celebration.

Let us analyze a couple of transport companies that travel to and fro Lagos to Accra, in order to assist potential passengers make a more informed choice mostly taking cost, departure terminal and passenger reviews into account.

1. ABC Transport

ABC Transport is one of the most popular and in demand transport companies that shuttle between Lagos and Ghana. Daily, at least one bus travels from Lagos to Accra and in some busy instances two or three.

ABC Transport is commended by passengers for their safe and reliable trips handled by expert and professional drivers. Also, passengers are given fresh and hot jollof rice by the transport company.

The transport fare to Ghana ranges from N16,000 – N18,000. The executive buses are 52-seater and usually equipped with a restroom, AC and television for comfort and entertainment. There are 2-3 buses available daily with the first bus leaves at 6:15 am.

2. Chisco Transport

Chisco Transport Company ply Lagos to Ghana by via their Jibowu terminal. Chisco is known for comfort and adaptability. This transport company offers affordability, selling tickets at competitive prices to retain its large market share. A Lagos to Ghana ticket at Chisco costs ₦14,000 - ₦16,000. One Lagos-Ghana bus is available daily at 6:00 am.

Chisco-transport-company-bus-interior

The interior of these luxurious buses are usually very cozy and comfortable for the estimated 9 hours journey

3. Efex Executive Transport

Efex Transport is gaining ground in the transportation business because of its comfort, safety and reliability. The cost of a ticket from Lagos to Accra ranges between N15,000 - N19,000. 2 buses available daily, the first bus departs at 6:00 am.

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Different transport companies in Nigeria travel from Lagos to Ghana by road with their very comfortable luxurious buses

4. Cross Country Transport

Cross Country Transport is becoming a major choice for travelers who frequent inter country trips. By purchasing a ticket between ₦17,500 - ₦22,000, you are sure of a lovely and convenient trip to the Ghanaian capital. 3 buses available daily, the first bus departs at 6:00 am

5. Guo Transport

Guo Transport is another great choice if you intend to shuffle between Lagos and Accra. The tickets range between ₦19,000 - ₦25,000. 1 bus available daily, the bus departs at 6:00 am.

It is advisable to keep in mind that the benefits applicable to one transport company may differ in another although you are allowed the choice of bus type you intend to travel on. Some of the busses range from 14-seater to 59-seater, so you can pick your preference.

Things you should know about Lagos to Ghana travel

Extra fees are charged by the transport companies ranging from ₦2500 - ₦3000 for first time travelers on the Lagos-Benin-Togo-Ghana road route termed “virgin passports” as they are yet to be stamped by immigration officials. Even if your passport is 3 years old with numerous visas, it does not matter as long as it’s your first time on this journey.

Rare-photo-from-Accra-Ghana

You do not need a visa to travel from Lagos to Ghana by road if you are from any of the ECOWAS member sates.

Also having a yellow card that serves as a proof of vaccination against yellow fever saves you some money. If you do not possess one, this will incur additional charges.

If you don’t have a passport you will be charged an extra N5,000 - N10,000  and if you don’t have a yellow card you will be charged an additional N2,000.

Going from Lagos to Ghana by Road requires crossing three borders which are

  • Lagos – Cotonou Border
  • Cotonou – Togo Border
  • Togo – Ghana Border

What to pack when travelling from Lagos to Ghana by road

1. Pack light

The first and most important packing tip is to pack light in a portable suitcase or box. This is because most transport companies weigh luggage and charge additional fees for excess. Also, it is possible to arrive late at night especially if you leave early in the morning, therefore carrying a light suitcase will prevent you from dragging heavy luggage around as a safety precaution and for security reasons.

A-female-tourist-in-Accra-Ghana

Always travel light as it helps you get around town easily and enjoy the scenery without fear of losing your luggage

2. Bring a carry on bag

A carry on bag is also recommended to enable you carry your most important valuables and items you will require in the bus during your journey. This includes documents such as passport, power bank for charging phones, snacks and other essentials because there will be few stops from departure to destination.

Be sure to make enquiries regarding refreshments as some transport companies offer food on such long journeys.

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4. No need to worry about clothing

Accra is generally warm so you can skip packing the bulky clothes. You do not have to worry about inappropriate dressing regarding short dresses and skirts as they have a more relaxed culture towards clothing and dress sense.

What to eat

It is advisable to pack light snacks especially if after enquiries you are sure that the travel company will provide food during the journey.

At the Seme border while crossing into Benin Republic, you will be required to step down from the bus and cross by foot. This border is fairly developed with all sort of market activities going on. There is a plethora of foods and souvenirs to purchase here.

Food is relatively cheap at the borders and it is a convenient place to change some currency you will need upon arrival.

Travel tips for Lagos to Ghana by road trip

  • Do not give your passport and documents to touts and other unauthorized personnel lurking at the borders for quick stamping. It is advisable to give your passport along with the other passengers to the driver of the bus who is conversant with the route and procedures. This saves you the hassle of losing your documents, unnecessarily bribing personnel and wasting time.
  • Lagos to Accra is a long trip, to keep yourself safe and avoid mishaps such as robbery and kidnap do not travel with many valuables
  • There are a lot of towns between Lagos and Accra, ensure to take in the scenery and absorb the experience.
  • As an ECOWAS citizen, you do not require a visa to cross into any of the countries on your way to Accra.

Final words

Now that you have all the information you need for your Lagos to Ghana by road trip, remmember to think safety and take caution with you while in Ghana. Remember every city and country comes with its own level of security challenges.

>>> More transport and travel tips like this can always be found on NaijAuto.com.

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Juliet Onyeachonam

Juliet Onyeachonam is an enthusiastic car nut which is why she has turned that passion into a fantastic job by becoming a car blogger on NaijAuto.com. Juliet's blogs are a wealthy resource for information on car maintenance, driving tips and also how things pertaining to cars work.

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