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How much does it cost to travel to Ghana?

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How much money will you need for your trip to Ghana? You should plan to spend around GH¢288 ($23) per day on your vacation in Ghana, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, GH¢69 ($5.57) on meals for one day and GH¢94 ($7.59) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Ghana for a couple is GH¢217 ($17). So, a trip to Ghana for two people for one week costs on average GH¢4,026 ($325). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Ghana for one week usually costs around GH¢2,013 for one person. So, a trip to Ghana for two people costs around GH¢4,026 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs GH¢8,052 in Ghana. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Ghana can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Ghana? How much money do I need for Ghana?

How much does a trip to Ghana cost? Is Ghana expensive? The average Ghana trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Ghana prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Ghana
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Ghana is GH¢108. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Ghana is GH¢217.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Ghana

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Transportation Budget in Ghana
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Ghana is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent GH¢94 per person, per day, on local transportation in Ghana.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Intercity Transportation Budget in Ghana
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Ghana costs an average of GH¢516. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Ghana
How much does it cost to go to Ghana? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Ghana
The price of renting a car in Ghana will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Ghana
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  • While meal prices in Ghana can vary, the average cost of food in Ghana is GH¢69 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Ghana should cost around GH¢28 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ghana is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Ghana
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  • Entertainment and activities in Ghana typically cost an average of GH¢30 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Featured Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Ghana
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Ghana is GH¢1.15 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Ghana is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Ghana
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Ghana is GH¢17.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Ghana
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  • The average person spends about GH¢33 on alcoholic beverages in Ghana per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Ghana
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  • On average, people spend GH¢2.55 on bottled water in Ghana per day. The public water in Ghana is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

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Ghana On a Budget
Located in West Africa, just south of Burkina Faso, Ghana is one of the friendliest, and perhaps easiest countries in Africa to travel. It is often referred to as "Africa for beginners" and is a great country for first time travelers to the region. While most West African countries use French as their second language, English is the predominant language here, making communication relatively easy. Most people you meet in Ghana will be eager to help you out and answer any questions you might have. Ghana's government is also very stable, and tourism continues to grow in the area as many people add this fascinating country to their "wish list" of destinations.

Ghana's history is also closely intertwined with the western world in that it was a primary center for the slave trade. There is still historical evidence that serves as painful reminders of the ill effects this period had on this country and its people. Many sights have been preserved as memorials to this sad past and remain today for tourists and locals visiting the area.

Ghana is divided into several regions that are each interesting to explore for their own reasons. The Coastal Plain area by the Gulf of Guinea is where you will find the country's capital, many of the area's historically significant forts, and the best preserved rainforest in the country. Just to the north, the Ashanti-Kwahu area is filled with forested hills and the ancient Ashanti kingdom. To the east is the Volta Basin which has the large Lake Volta and the impressive river system that feeds the area. The Northern Plains make up the northern part of the country. This area is noted for its traditional trade routes with Burkina Faso.

West Africa is a more expensive region to travel in than you might expect. Prices in Ghana are high by African standards, but the accommodation is often better than you would expect elsewhere in Africa as well. To save money, eat where the locals eat and travel how the locals travel. Public transportation can be uncomfortable but is cheaper than any other alternatives. Local restaurants that serve traditional food are easily your best option as western style restaurants are not always the best and the prices can be dramatically higher. Outside of the major cities and tourist destinations they are also in short supply.
At A Glance
  • Visiting Ghana is about experiencing the culture. There are only a limited number of specific sights and attractions in the area, but there is a culture that is rich in music, history, and art. Ghana is also not the best place to see African wildlife. West Africa in general is more about culture than it is about game animals. If you are specifically hoping to do a safari, you are better off going to either East or Southern Africa.

  • If you do want to see some animals and are based in Accra, your best bet is to take a day trip to Shai Hills Reserve. There you will see baboons, parrots and antelope. It's also possible to take a tour of the reserve while on horseback.

  • There are a good number of international flights into Accra so you should not have trouble finding a reasonable route. In particular, there are flights on Delta Airlines from New York City. Other cities that connect to Accra include Istanbul, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Frankfurt, as well as many different places within Africa. The cheapest flights often come from London, but it is best to compare prices across airlines.

  • STC is the main bus company in Ghana. They offer transportation between many different cities, but it is best to buy tickets at least a day in advance as they do tend to sell out. It's not uncommon for the bus to break down, but generally the trip is safe and reliable. You will likely have to pay a fee for your luggage based on its weight. It shouldn't be more than about a third of the price of you bus ticket.

  • Whether you're looking for a lake or a beach you will find no shortage of natural beauty in Ghana. There are many places to relax by the waters edge and watch people pass by. There are also some interesting forest and savannah areas that are worth visiting. The best way to experience the natural landscape throughout the country is to head for one of the area's national parks.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Larabanga Mosque: This historic sight is believed to be the oldest mosque in Ghana, although the true age is unknown. It's located in the village of Larabanga and is built with the Sudanese architectural style. It receives funds from the World Monuments Fund for continuing restoration.

Cape Coast Castle: Originally built for the slave trade, this is one of the largest forts in Ghana. It was originally constructed in 1653 and is now included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List because of its historical significance.

Kakum National Park: Located in southern Ghana, this is a fascinating and dense tropical forest. It is made up mostly of undisturbed virgin rainforest, making it a unique and rare place to visit.

Popular Foods
Food in Ghana is generally cheap and good. The staples, like elsewhere in West Africa, include yams, potatoes, rice, and cassava. Some meals can be quite starchy and heavy with carbohydrates but there is plenty of cheap street food available, particularly in the cities. If you're looking for a quick snack you can get one off the street for about GH₵1.50 to GH₵2.50.

Kenkey: Kenkey is a fermented corn ball that is similar to sourdough. It's wrapped in a plantain leaf and served with stew or sauce. It's a staple food in southern Ghana and due to the fermentation process can take several days to prepare.

Fonfom: Fonfom is another staple dish that is made from maize. It's a popular option in southern Ghana as well and is most commonly associated with the Ahanta and Nzema people.

Omo Tuo: This is a form of powdered rice that is used as a staple throughout Ghana. It is often prepared into balls and added to soups.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Tro-tro Transportation

By backpackguru in Transportation
Tro-tro typically means any form of vehicle that can carry a group of people and their possessions. They're usually older vehicles that can seat about 12 people. They run along fixed routes at a set price, but they do not run on a schedule. They only depart when they are full, so waits can be frustratingly long. They are one of the cheapest means to get around, but they do tend to breakdown, and also are known to have a less the stellar safety record. They cover local and intercity routes and will pick up and drop off along the way. Ride them if nothing else, for the experience. It really is a true part of the African culture.

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