Accra is a bustling modern city with vibrant cultures, thriving night spots, delicious cuisines, sightseeing hotspots and so much more to offer travellers. Are you thinking about booking tickets to Accra from UK? Then check out our guide below which tells you everything you need to know when visiting this colourful city and some useful tips to help make your stay comfortable and pleasant.
Currency: Ghana Cedi
Language: Ghana’s official language is English, though locals in Accra mainly speak the Ga language. You’ll hear multiple other languages being spoken here too as Accra is home to a melting pot of ethnic groups.
Weather – Best Time of Year to Visit
Ghana’s winter period between October-April is generally considered as a prime time to visit Accra, as temperatures remain relatively high and the humidity and precipitation levels drop considerably. Winter is known as the dry season here. Those on a budget could look to visit during the low-peak rainy season from May-September for some cheap hotel rates, but some areas will be restricted during these months due to the rainfall.
Where to Stay
Accra is home to plenty of bustling neighbourhoods that you can base your stay. The Labadi Beach area is one of the popular tourist hotspots with restaurants, bars and clubs galore and beachfront accommodation, or for sightseeing and exploration you could stay in Accra Central, the historic hub of Accra with a wide range of hotels and major attractions including Independence Square and the National Museum of Ghana.
Getting Around Accra
Accra isn’t home to a public transportation system, though it has its own network of minibuses called trotro which are a great value way of getting around the city. Taxis are also easily available here and many of them aren’t metered, so it’s advisable to agree a price with the driver before travel. Alternatively there’s the option of car rental which will allow you to venture out some great nearby hotspots of Accra including the Mole National Park.
Accra is an excellent culinary centre of Ghana and West Africa which is best known for its exotic local street snacks. A trip to this foodie’s city is incomplete without sampling Fufu, what is believed to be Ghana’s national dish which is usually served with soup and eaten by hand. Other local delicacies include Kelewele – spicy fried plantains and Jollof – a mouth-watering rice meal made with a tomato sauce or broth and usually served with meat or fish.
Book cheap flights to Accra with Brightsun Travel
We at Brightsun offer an extensive selection of Accra flight offers; British Airways, our preferred airline partner offers a direct flight service to Accra which takes around 6hrs 30mins from London Heathrow. Why not book today and pair your flights with one of the excellent hotels in Accra that we offer? We cater for all tastes and budgets and we’d love to help you plan the ultimate getaway.