Accra

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 )

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

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?

Accra Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€290

 #255/300

 

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

 

Free parking score

Total 194 - of which 174 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

90%

#5/300

 
  • 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

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Accra public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

10%

Overall public transport score

10%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Accra. 

10%

  • 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

Car rental in - Accra Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Accra?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Accra?

  • Based on value for money?
 

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?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Accra if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Accra if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Accra if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Accra on the Carornocar scale?

1

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

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?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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