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TIP: How to Find Transport From the Airport

My Magazine 2024/01
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When embarking on a holiday to The Gambia, one of the initial challenges upon arrival at Banjul International Airport is navigating transportation to your accommodation. The thrill of exploring a new destination can be momentarily overshadowed by the prospect of figuring out unfamiliar routes and transportation options. However, with a bit of foresight and planning, this transition from airport to accommodation can be made much smoother and stress-free.


Public Transport

When arriving at Banjul International Airport, public transport options await just beyond the airport area. While there aren't direct shuttle services from the airport, local public cars (usually yellow taxis or 7-seater vehicles) or shared vans provide cost-effective transportation to various parts of The Gambia. Keep in mind that these modes of transport might involve multiple stops and transit points and could be less convenient if you're carrying a lot of luggage. 

If you want to know more about how public transport works, read our article here and check out our TIP VIDEO below: 

Coming from the airport, you can only catch local transport once you pass the military checkpoint and exit the airport completely. We do recommend taking a taxi up there. From the Kombo Sillah Drive, you can either catch a vehicle going in the direction of Brikama or Westfield (easier to catch a ride). In the direction of Brikama, your first stop if travelling towards the Kololi area (TDA) is the airport junction. From there, you can catch a van driving towards Turntable. From there, follow the direction of Senegambia or the Traffic Light. If you are going towards Westfield, you will travel to the end point of the route and look for a vehicle going either towards Traffic Light, Senegambia or Turntable (all in the same direction). However, if your accommodation place is not directly on the main road, you might struggle with walking. To summarise, this option is perfect for eager explorers who don't mind spending more time when looking for public transport options and finding their adventurous way to their destination. For first-time-comers, however, we suggest choosing one of the options below. 

Taxi Services

Taxis are a readily available and convenient option for travellers seeking a more direct route to their accommodation. Taxis standing outside the airport offer negotiated fares. Be sure to confirm the fare with the driver before starting your journey to avoid misunderstandings.

1Bena Taxi Service

1Bena is a popular taxi service in The Gambia, known for its reliability and professionalism. Booking a 1Bena taxi through their app ensures a comfortable and reliable ride to your accommodation. The service typically provides clear pricing and options for different vehicle types.

Arranging Transport with Your Accommodation

Many accommodations in The Gambia offer airport transfer services upon prior arrangement. Whether it's a hotel, guesthouse, or resort, contacting your accommodation before your arrival allows you to arrange transportation to ensure a hassle-free journey from the airport to your stay.

Rent a Car Service

For travellers preferring flexibility and independence in exploring The Gambia, car rental service is available at Banjul International Airport. There are also other car rental agencies that offer a range of vehicles to suit different needs and budgets, but you might have to arrange the reservation beforehand for the car to be waiting for you on your arrival at the airport. Renting a car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can check the car flota beforehand with AYK Africa, ECH Car Rental, West Coast Motors, etc.

Organised Transport with Tour Operators

If you're travelling with a tour operator, organised transport is often part of the package. Tour operators typically arrange airport transfers for their clients, ensuring a seamless transition from the airport to your accommodation. Check with your tour operator in advance to confirm the details of your transfer.

Airport Transfer Companies

Several airport transfer companies operate in The Gambia, offering pre-booked and organised transportation services. These companies provide a range of options, from standard transfers to VIP services, allowing you to select the level of comfort and convenience that suits your travel preferences.

Navigating transportation from Banjul International Airport to your accommodation in The Gambia offers various choices catering to different budgets and preferences. Exploring these options beforehand ensures a smooth and stress-free start to your holiday in this vibrant destination.

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