A number of international airlines fly regularly to Senegal landing at the Dakar airport, Dakar-Yoff-Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport. There are numerous local airports scattered throughout Senegal too. There are many travel options once you have landed in Senegal. Car hire is available, though it can be rather expensive, and rather intimidating. Taxis are readily available, and with competition so steep the cost of the trip depends upon your bargaining skills.
This Senegal Transportation Guide gives some details about the best ways of getting to and from the country, as well as the various options available to you for travel around Senegal after you have arrived.
Dakar-Yoff-Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport is Senegal's International Airport. Air Senegal International is the national airline offering regular flights from Dakar to various cities across Senegal. Airlines from South Africa, America and Europe make stops at the airport.
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There are many well know car hire services in Senegal. A valid driver's license is required to hire and drive all vehicles. Seatbelts are compulsory and it is illegal to talk on mobile phones whist driving. Roads in Senegal are generally in good condition, though once outside of the cities night driving is discouraged as lighting is rather poor. Insurance is highly recommended when hiring a car.
An exciting way to get around in Senegal is by the local bus service. Though the service can be rather crowded and a little manic, it is a great opportunity to meet the locals and see the country side.
Train services throughout Senegal have been cut in recent years due to track deterioration. The Dakar- Bamako train is the only service currently operating, though it is only departing every 8 to 9 days and is running to no set timetable. The train leaves from Dakar train station stopping at various cities along the way including Thies, Tambacounda and Kayes before reaching Bamako, Mali approximately 2 days later. It has first and second class seating and sleeping compartments which sleep up to 4 people. A restaurant car is also available providing inexpensive drinks, snacks and meals. Take plenty of drinking water with you as it often sells out.
Various passenger services leave from Dakar Harbour on a regular basis. Two ferry companies services the link between Dakar and the Island of Goree. Services leave approximately every half an hour and take just 20 minutes to reach the Island.
There are also several private dugouts belonging to different associations that do the crossing to the island of Ngor from Dakar.
Dakar is connected to the Casamance region by the ship Wilis, departing twice weekly from Dakar arriving in Ziguinchor. The ship has a capacity of approximately 460 passengers. Armchairs, Beds and Cabins can be booked, and breakfast is offered to cabin passengers.
There are a number of small airfields throughout Senegal that available to passenger airlines and Charter Flights. Air Senegal International offers regular flights to Ziguinchor, Cap Skirring, and Tambacounda from Dakar.