4 Ghanaian Methods of Transportation
Planning a trip to Ghana and wondering how you are going to get around the country? Well you’re in luck.
There are quite a few methods of transportation you will likely encounter when you make your trips around Ghana. We discuss the pros and cons of each.
First on the list of Ghanaian Methods of Transportation are
Motorbikes – “Okada”
This is easily the fastest mode of transport. however passengers are limited, allowing only 1 additional person per bike. “Okada” riders are distinguished by the bikes they mostly use which is of the royal brand.
So what are Royal Bikes?.
Royal Bikes are of a Chinese brand that has risen in popularity over that past few years especially western Africa. Parts are also easy to come by and they don’t cost a fortune to own one, therefore almost everyone is able to afford one to use. Read more here
- Rates are quite reasonable
- Fast, allows you to bypass traffic on most busy days.
- Thrilling. If you’re that kind of person.
- Safety. This is an issue, taking into account the rate of motorcycle accidents happening across the country. You might be better off avoiding this all together
- There is a certain stigma towards “Okada” riders and they apparently don’t get along with the police. Wouldn’t be a pleasant experience to be stopped by cops while on the back of one.
Taxis are pretty much known around the world and are one of the most common modes of transportation. It’s quite straightforward. There is a shared taxi option( you share a taxi with 3 others towards a certain endpoint and you alight at wherever is closest to your destination). This is quite cheaper compared to the “Dropping”(Taxi takes you directly to your destination) option.
- Common method of transportation.
- Different types of use. From shared taxi to dropping ( straight to your destination)
- Can be costly if you look too “new” around here.
- Some Dishonest Drivers
Bus – trotro or troski
Okay so this may be one of the most chaotic modes of transportation. However, some of you might like it. Basically, lots of people on a bus. And it’s your job to get off at the bus stops closest to your destination.
Sounds simple right? Yeah, in theory. Try doing that over random people preaching or yelling about something. Not very fun…at all.
- Higher passenger count
- Chaotic. If you really love to sweat then this is the best option for you.
- Some troskis aren’t exactly road safe.
- Not exactly a place you want to be during the coronavirus pandemic
Uber & similar apps
This is probably the most reliable method of transportation lately. Rates are already predetermined. You get what you pay for.
- Clean. Most cars are hygienic, unlike other forms of transportation.
- Fast. One tap and you have a ride ready whenever you are. What could be better than that?
- Some apps charge you for traffic waiting time.
- A few Dishonest drivers
- Traffic is still a problem. This should be expected.
- Most apps have bad user experiences. Using them might be a challenge for most
That’s it for the 4 Ghanaian Methods of Transportation. If you ever find yourself in Ghana, I recommend you at least try one of each. Maybe avoid the troski for now until the virus get manageable a bit.
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