Ghana Travel Budget - Visit Ghana on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Ghana?

You should plan to spend around $29 (GH¢359) per day on your vacation in Ghana. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.97 (GH¢86) on meals
  • $9.50 (GH¢118) on local transportation
  • $22 (GH¢271) on hotels

A one week trip to Ghana for two people costs, on average, $406 (GH¢5,032). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
    $29
    GH¢359
  • One Week Per person
    $203
    GH¢2,516
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $406
    GH¢5,032
  • One Month Per person
    $870
    GH¢10,784
  • One Week For a couple
    $406
    GH¢5,032
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $812
    GH¢10,065
  • One Month For a couple
    $1,740
    GH¢21,567
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Ghana cost?

A one week trip to Ghana usually costs around $203 (GH¢2,516) for one person and $406 (GH¢5,032) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Ghana on average costs around $406 (GH¢5,032) for one person and $812 (GH¢10,065) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Ghana on average costs around $870 (GH¢10,784) for one person and $1,740 (GH¢21,567) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Ghana?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Ghana is $341 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Ghana expensive to visit?

Ghana is a very affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 10% of countries in the world for its affordability. Many budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring this country in depth.

Within Africa, Ghana is very affordable compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in Africa for its affordability. Very few countries in the region are as affordable as Ghana.

For more details, see Is Ghana Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Ghana?

The average Ghana trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Ghana travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) GH¢271 ($22)
Local Transportation 1 GH¢118 ($9.50)
Food 2 GH¢86 ($6.97)
Entertainment 1 GH¢38 ($3.06)
Tips and Handouts 1 GH¢1 - 2 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 GH¢21 - 62 ($2 - 5)
Accommodation Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Ghana is $11 (GH¢135). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Ghana is $22 (GH¢271). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $11
    GH¢135
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $22
    GH¢271

Hotel Prices in Ghana

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Ghana based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $82. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Ghana is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.50 (GH¢118) per person, per day, on local transportation in Ghana.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $9.50
    GH¢118

Recommended Services


Food Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Ghana can vary, the average cost of food in Ghana is $6.97 (GH¢86) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Ghana should cost around $2.79 (GH¢35) 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
    $6.97
    GH¢86

Recommended


Entertainment Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Ghana typically cost an average of $3.06 (GH¢38) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $3.06
    GH¢38

Recommended Activities


Tips and Handouts Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Ghana is $0.12 (GH¢1.44) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Ghana is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $0.12
    GH¢1.44


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

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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 $1.72 (GH¢21), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $1.72
    GH¢21


Alcohol Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $3.34 (GH¢41) 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
    $3.34
    GH¢41


Water Budget in Ghana
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $0.26 (GH¢3.19) 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
    $0.26
    GH¢3.19


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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.

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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.