Things To Note Before Traveling From Lagos To Ghana

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Popular wooden tricycle used in conveying people and goods in Seme Border

This is the first of the five versions I’d be writing about my road trip to Ghana, and it’d be focused on those things I Think You should consider before traveling from Lagos to Ghana, drawing from my experience:

The second & third covered my experience wandering around Accra For 3 Nights alongside 6 other adventure lovers. The most important things I learned about Ghana and Ghanaians will be the content of the fourth, while the fifth will border around the Cost Breakdown Of My Trip To Ghana.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Don’t do A solo Trip

Considering that I’ve had a fair share of both solo and group trips, I think I’m in the right position to advise you on this. Here are a few benefits of traveling alongside others.

  1. Expenses are shared: This is a very crucial part of my philosophy about budget travel. Traveling with amazing folks like Adesi, Folake, Precious, Chinemerem, Jide, and SS made me see more reasons why I should do so more often as we bore all the burdens of the trip equally from the taxis we took to the food we ate, down to the building we dwelt. We dashed ourselves some Pasewas without batting an eyelid and it felt so good. At the Aflao border, SS bought enough bread and mangoes to go around.
  2. It’s never a dull moment: we discussed loudly topics ranging from relationship to sex to politics down to travel and religion. I for one learned tons of new stuff from the beings who are of different ideologies.
  3. Network: Folake is a professional fashion stylist who’s worked for top artists in the Nigerian music industry. Adesi and Chinemerem are top guys in Printivo (Nigeria’s largest online Print company), Jide calls shots at Abax-OOSA, a company of chartered accountants, SS, an engineer at CAT and precious, his girlfriend is a sales specialist at Pragmatic Technologies.

Imagine I had traveled alone. Just imagine.

 

Plan well before leaving

By this, I mean things like understanding the relationship between Naira and Cedis; Time difference between Nigeria and Ghana; The borders between the 2 countries and of course, the cost of living.

sharing Ghana Cedis
L-R: Folake, Jide, and Adesi doing some calculations as we planned on paying for accommodation.

In as much as I hate doing this, I learned a huge lesson from this trip as the feedback almost everyone gave was that we could have an even more amazing time if we had planned for longer. The troubles associated with not planning well thought me great lessons, even though something inside me feels it made the trip more interesting. Lol

7 Things I learned Traveling Round South-West Nigeria

Travel By Road

Like it’s obtainable in Europe, I wished Nigeria could be linked to Benin, Togo and Ghana via a rail line (light or locomotive). That probably will happen long after I join the afterlife. But while I’m here, Going by road is what I’d always advise. Why?

  1. It’s way safer to travel from Nigeria down to Ghana by road than it is traveling from Lagos to Ibadan or any other state in Nigeria. You needn’t pray against road accidents, and if you must, it has to be that God covers you till you exit Nigeria. You’d understand this advice better once you exit Nigeria.
  2. There are loads of things to catch your attention as you journey through the bubbling border neighborhoods in the Benin Republic through the tiny coastal villages in Togo. How about the very strange but fascinating roadside foods? Trust me, Gala isn’t the best thing to happen to road trips.
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Popular wooden tricycle used in conveying people and goods in Seme Border

3. You’d have a rare opportunity to see how composed and professional, the security officials are in these countries. Here’s not to say there aren’t corrupt officers among them, but they are just kind of matured about it.

 

You can travel with or without a passport

In order to travel by road to Ghana, you either will need a valid international passport a valid ID card, or neither of them, but the prices you’d pay will vary.

Those who have an already stamped passport will pay the lowest. By this, I mean people who have traveled outside Nigeria at least once and have gotten their passports stamped.

If your passport is yet to be stamped, you’d pay slightly higher than if it’s been stamped. If you’d (like me) be traveling with just a valid ID card (e.g driver’s license, Voter’s card, or national ID card), you’d pay way more than you would, if you had a passport. But pay the most when you do not have any of the aforementioned.

You’d as well need a yellow fever paper which you can pay N500 for if you don’t have, but it’s advisable you buy the booklet which usually ranges from N1,000 to N1,500, and can be obtainable at the border clinics or immigration offices.

 

Don’t Travel With Cross Country Bus Company

Now, here’s not to sound derogatory, but I have to just let you know it the way it is. We were long into the mess before knowing it too. The fact that we wanted a cheap alternative lured us into the mess. This bus company lacked the organization and sensitivity required of a transport company. From the deception on the type of bus to the lack of empathy they exhibited when we were almost stranded in Accra made us regret booking a round trip with them.

 

Hold your cash

Do not rely on your Naira debit cards as that might be the fastest route to getting stranded. I almost did, but for the quick intervention of Adesi and SS who loaned me money till we got back into Nigeria.

you need to consider these before traveling from Lagos to Ghana

The long and short story is that you should hold as much cash as you’d need. Don’t be scared, the Cedis will swallow all the Naira you have, hereby shrinking your bulky Naira notes, no matter how much. You can either change your money in Aflao or Halakondji border.

 

That wraps it up on the things I think you should know before traveling from Lagos to Ghana.

Is there any question you’d want to still ask which isn’t covered here? Please mention using the comment box. And if you have a few contributions to make to all I’ve mentioned, I’d be really happy to hear from you as well.

 

By the way, I recorded a video detailing the highlight of our stay in Ghana. Watch it here.

 

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42 COMMENTS

    • It’s kind of difficult telling how much it’d cost for now.
      However, you can look up the current cost on GIG and GUO’s website to get an idea.
      I hope this is enough to help you.

  1. Hello Nomad👋🏾
    I want to travel by Air to Ghana. But I’m only using my National ID Card
    Is there going to be any hassle at the airport or once I arrive?

  2. nomadic I wanted to have a traveling experience on my passport to (dis virgine it). after these pandemic for it to gain stamping . If i travel by road to Gana will my passport be stamp at the border entry.

    2ndly and dose the stamping also apply to other countries ahead, from Gana to other countries by road Eg ivory coast e.tc. Thanks

    • Hi Jacob,
      Although it is needed, but You compulsorily do not need a passport to travel from Lagos to any west African country. However, you need to hold a valid means of identification such as a National Voters card, School ID, or National ID card.

  3. Hello Nomadic…I and my friend want to travel to Ghana by next month 10th now being October…but its our first time… we don’t know how to go about it …becouse we need to get a job when we get there.. Advice pls…

    • Hi,
      It’s great to know you’d love to travel to Ghana.
      However, I’m not sure the borders are opened yet though.
      And regarding the intention of working in Ghana, I’d suggest that you take extra precautions by asking any Nigerian who’s currently working over there to let you know what the terrain looks like.

      I wish you good luck bro.

    • Bro,as regards to the question you asked,I’m interested too like normadic said in his article about traveling I’m groups,if you would be kind enough to let me know what it would take i would much appreciate it though,also a friend of mine in Ghana whom i have asked about the stay in Ghana told me that the boarder has been closed since the pandemic,thought he was actually stalling just to have me,but it turns out to be true cuz he intends to come bk and handle some business here in Nigeria,and about the work you talked about,it all depends on the kind of work you are looking to get white collar job as a foreigner is kinda tight to get,so i was told…..anyways if you wanna contact me about my aforementioned interested on going to Ghana with some folks you could reach me via my cell number or whatsapp 08183630236,thanks

    • This is difficult to answer because it depends largely on how well you can haggle with the customs officers. I’d, however, advise that you go with a public transportation company such as GIG or GUO

  4. Hi Nomadic. Im a south african. I have south african passport and my kids lost their south african passport. We are currently in nigeria we want to visit ghan from nigeria by road. Can my kids travel to ghana with only their bith certificate?

    • Hello Veronica,
      Thanks for reading my blog.
      To your question (I reached out to a friend who works with the Nigerian Immigration), the answer is NO.
      Why? South Africa is not among the ECOWAS countries.
      He said if you want to travel back to South Africa as well, you’d have to get to your embassy here in Nigeria for a travel certificate or get passports for your children there.

  5. I want to know if you are traveling to Ghana by road; how much you will pay to cross the borders if you don’t have any passport required with you?

    • Hi Chinedu,
      It’s usually better if you travel with any of the popular bus companies like GUO and GIG. They will offer you a payment plan that would cover for your border crossing (depending on whether you have a passport or not).
      However, if you’re interested in the price, it costs around N25,000 for a one-way trip and around N45,400 for a round trip.

  6. Please HV a question is it good to send from Nigeria to Ghana to convert for you, because one of my pastor ask.me to come to Ghana but dey mine thing I dey fear be say he ask me to send money to him so that he will.covert it to Cedis for me over there but I tel him that I wil change it if am coming but he say there will cheat me

    • I will advise that you ask your pastor to tell you the rate so you can do it yourself. If you get to the money changers and the give you a higher rate, do not do it.
      That way, your money will remain with you and your Pastor can also guide you.

  7. Can my sister travel to ghana with my under age kids without me as a mother. I want my kids to join me in ghana. This july 2020. Please advise. Thank you

    • Yes, she can. However, due to the partial lockdown across the Nigerian borders, I’d advise you to wait patiently for the lockdown to be lifted before giving permission. Furthermore, your sister will need to have enough evidence (ID card, birth certificates, etc) to show a proof of relation when requested at the border so as to have it easy with the customs officers.

  8. Thanks for the reply, Nomad… truth is, I’m actually traveling to Ivory Coast with voters card or nothing(can’t find my voters card yet) visiting a friend and it’s a matter of urgency… plan leaving for Lagos tomorrow morning, and if possible…leave for Ivory Coast in the afternoon(heard there’s no direct bus to Ivory Coast, so must stop at Ghana) can I travel without any ID and passport? Where and where can I catch a bus? don’t mind if it’s a cross country bus. Do reply fast, please🙏🏻

    • So, I’d advise you try holding at least any means of identification or try finding your voter’s card.
      Again, I’m not sure what the border situation looks like due to the COVID19 and the lockdown.
      As we speak, GUO, Cross country and GIG motors websites aren’t allowing any form of bookings.
      You might want to ask your friend if he has any idea of possible bus companies operating from Nigeria though.
      I am only talking for online bookings though, but depending on where you live, Jibowu, Ikotun Mazamaza, and Mile 2 are a few parks known to me where you can find these bus companies.

    • Hello Nomadic Good morning please I’m planing to travel across country (Ghana) my voters card is my only valid passport how much do u think u should budget nd which transport is d best?

    • Hi,
      Thanks for reaching out.
      Regarding your request, I’d need to inform you that the land borders are currently closed. Hence, all bust companies aren’t plying those routes at the moment.
      However, if you’re interested in the price, it costs around N25,000 for a one-way trip and around N45,400 for a round trip.
      In all you do, do not use Cross Country… GIG and GUO are actually top performers.

    • nomadic I wanted to have a traveling experience on my passport to (dis virgine it). after these pandemic for it to gain stamping . If i travel by road to Gana will my passport be stamp at the border entry.

      2ndly and dose the stamping also apply to other countries ahead, from Gana to other countries by road Eg ivory coast e.tc. Thanks

    • Hi Prince,
      If you travel by road to Ghana, your passport will definitely be stamped at 3 different borders (Seme, Aflao, and Alakandji).

      Secondly, the same rule applies to every other country you go afterwards.

  9. Hi Nomad, I’m planning to travel to Ghana by Sunday… how much do you think I should travel with? Don’t add return money, please…

    • Hello Chrysella,
      It’s good to hear from you.
      Considering the fact that I am not sure for how long you’d be staying.
      Also since you would be traveling by road, I’m not sure what class your international passport falls into, hence the reason behind why I mightn’t be able to give a figure.
      But if compelled to, I’d suggest that you travel with N50,000
      This is with the assumption that you’d be staying there for 2 nights and on a slm budget.
      In addition, the Naira has now gained a bit on the Cedi (@ N67.68) compared to what it was when I traveled there (@ around N80)

    • Thanks for the reply, Nomad… truth is, I’m actually traveling to Ivory Coast with voters card or nothing(can’t find my voters card yet) visiting a friend and it’s a matter of urgency… plan leaving for Lagos tomorrow morning, and if possible…leave for Ivory Coast in the afternoon(heard there’s no direct bus to Ivory Coast, so must stop at Ghana) can I travel without any ID and passport? Where and where can I catch a bus? don’t mind if it’s a cross country bus. Do reply fast, please🙏🏻

  10. Hi Nomad, I’m planning to travel to Ghana by Sunday…. how much do you think I should travel with? Don’t add return money, please…

  11. Nice one!
    I am planning to get over my fears and travel wide across West Africa after this corona lockdown is over. However, lack of passport is my bane. Will the transport company be responsible for helping me to sort the documentation arrangement (lack of passport) and all I have to do is cover the costs?

    • Hello Martins,
      Yes, you can travel to Ghana, Togo and Benin republic without a passport if you use any of the Bus companies in Nigeria plying international borders.
      I need you to get over your fears and hit the road!

  12. Comment: I did love to know how much one need to go along with, and how much is the cost when one travel without the right requirement. thanks

    • Hello Godwin,
      I budgeted N70,000 because I travelled alongside 6 other friends which reduced our individual expenses.

      Since that was 2 years ago, I’d suggest that you travel with about N100,000 to N120,000.

    • Please do not.
      But you see, from various sampled opinions, it appears Cross country just seems to be the worst. We later heard (both from Nigerians & Ghanians) that GUO or ABC are better in terms of inter-country travels.
      I’d be trying any of them out myself on my next trip to Benin Republic during the Independence day break.

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