Getting around the city:
- Taxis are plentiful in Accra and can be hailed directly from the street. They are unmetered, so be prepared to negotiate the fare before getting into the vehicle.
- Shared minibus taxis travel along set routes around the city. They are the cheapest and most popular means of getting around Accra.
- The main airport is Kotoka International Airport and served by the major international airlines.
- Taxis are the best option for getting to the city centre and can usually be found in the car park outside the arrival exit. The journey to the city centre can take anything between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic.
- The Ghanaian Cedi is the currency in Ghana (GHS) which is divided into 100 pesewas. The symbol is GH₵. 1 USD = 4.48 GHS (as of 13 March).
- Foreign currency can be exchanged at any forex bureau as well as at some commercial banks. Banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all major towns.
- Use all your Cedis while you are in Ghana as you may not use then once you left. It is advisable to keep currency exchange receipts in order to be able to re-exchange when departing.
- Banking hours are usually from 8:30am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday, and most large commercial banks ATMs located outside, although only limited amount of Cedis can be drawn at a time.
- The best currencies to bring are US dollars, British Pounds or Euros as other currency exchanged rates are poor
- Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Both round and flat three – pronged plugs are commonly used.
- The climate of Ghana is tropical and there are two main seasons: the wet and the dry seasons. Accra experiences its rainy season from April to July. The tropical climate of Ghana is relatively mild for its latitude.
- The international dialling code for Ghana is +233. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Accra city code is 0302.
- If you travel with an unlocked GSM mobile phone, you will be able to easily obtain a SIM card for a local network in Ghana. This is much cheaper than roaming on your own network.
- The official language in Ghana is English, but there are more than 80 spoken languages in the country. Among the most used Ghanaian languages are Twi, Ewe, Dagbani, and Ga.