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By | 16th January 2018

Is it worth hiring a car in Accra?

Do you need a car in Accra > Should you rent a car in Accra Ghana > Accra ( ACC )
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Accra car hire quick facts

Cheapest rate for one week Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

290

 #255/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Accra but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
How much should I expect to pay in the peak season? Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €

X

 300/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 194 - of which 174 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

90

%

5/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Accra public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

5%

#214/300

  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Accra good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Accra

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Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Accra", "is it worth hiring a car in Accra", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Accra?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Accra?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in Accra?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Generally,  Accra car hire advice leans towards not doing so. The Ghanaian capital is not a destination where you will find any of the major car hire companies. Therefore, most visitors will just stick to using local shuttle bus and taxi services.

Do you need a car in Accra? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Accra?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Accra? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Accra as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Accra?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


Many of the major resorts in Accra are along the coastline to the east of the city centre. Resort transfers aren’t particularly fast or convenient, but the resorts along Teshie Rd are reasonably well connected with Kotoka International Airport. The airport is to the northeast of the city centre, and to the north of the major resorts.

There are a number of excursions into rainforest parks. Other natural features which are well worth seeing are generally done by minibus tour. These will all take you well into the Ghanaian interior.

Public transport in Accra

Following decades of almost non-existent service, the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) is now overseeing a major investment in track infrastructure. In addition, there is now major technical and financial input from China. It seems like future years will see the restart of inter-city services within Ghana. For the time being, trains are only really useful for suburban services within Accra.

Accra does have an extensive public bus system, including one high profile bus rapid transit route. However, these services are aimed more at local users than at tourists. Furthermore, there is no dedicated airport bus. If you are staying at a hotel within Accra, then local bus services should at least be able to provide useful links to and from the city centre.

Why should you rent a car in Accra?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Accra?


  • A hire car, or hired car with driver, is always going to allow you to see each destination at your own pace.
  • Wheels will be needed to visit Ghana’s spectacular national parks (see below).
  • Public transport is poor.
  • Rail services in Ghana are currently being redeveloped, but at the moment, they are of little use to tourists.

Why not? Visiting Accra without a car

What is public transport like in Accra? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in Accra?


  • Most visitors will take some kind of organised tour, rather than self-drive hire.
  • Roads relatively unsafe, and not well developed beyond a small number of trunk highways.
  • Very limited car hire services available.

Accra car hire verdict

Not really worth looking at trying to hire a car here – few options available.

Ratings

Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Ghana Holidays and Accra car hire?

Is it worth hiring a car in Accra? Ghana has a total of 21 protected park areas, including no less than 7 national parks. This makes the country ideal for exploring as part of a tour package, and a wide range of options are available, often including flight packages from the UK or elsewhere. The main interest of Carornocar is whether or not there is any reason to hire a car for independent or small group travel within a destination. Based on the relative lack of road infrastructure in Ghana, and the remoteness of the national parks relative to the city of Accra itself, our Accra car hire advice still remains a firm “no”. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t think you should move around outside the city, far from it! Ghana.


Would you hire a car in Accra?

Have you driven in Accra? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Accra?

Do you need a car in Accra? For some or all of the time? 

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