Budget Travel Ideas in Accra

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The sprawling capital of Ghana, Accra, is a perfect city to see on a budget. Featuring inexpensive attractions, lodging, food and shopping, Accra is a must-see stop on your trip to Ghana. With beaches as well as a vibrant metro area, there is something for everyone here in this ancient city, rich with varied culture and history.

Budget Activities & Entertainment in Accra

Enjoying the sights and sounds of daily life on Accra’s streets can be an inexpensive and enjoying way to pass a day. Head to the colorful and lively Makola Market for some relaxing people-watching and to soak up some of the culture of the city.

Beaches are also a nice activity here for the budget traveler. Inviting and inexpensive, the only cost will be getting there. Check out Coco Beach, Bojo Beach and Labadi Beach for the best experience.

No trip to Accra is complete without a visit to the National Museum, where visitors can learn about pivotal Ghanaian culture and history, including the Ashanti Kingdom and the country’s role in the slave trade. Make this part of your trip and spend a long afternoon or morning here to get the most out of your visit.  

Budget Accommodations in Accra

There are many budget accommodations to choose from in Accra. Legassi Gardens is the most unique as it offers eco-chic serviced apartments set in lush gardens with a Vegan Cafe. Just on the outskirts of central Accra, it is a great spot for academics, adventurers or laid-back business types needing short to long term self-catering accommodation, and offers a negotiable budget price for this reason It is also a haven for vegetarians and vegans. The minimum stay is 7 nights, but the laid-back vibe means this is also flexible. Hotel Hansonic has inexpensive daily rates, stating off at just $18 a night. There are many other accommodations in this range, up to the $100 per night range throughout the city.

Budget Food in Accra

There is plenty of budget food to choose from in Accra. The least expensive will be the native Ghanaian fare. There is also a wide selection of Indian food here that is inexpensive as well. For a wide choice of eating places of all types (Ghanaian to Continental) and lively drinking/eating places, called 'Spots', try the area from Kwabenya to Achimota. If you are interested in western fast food, Osu is the place.

Budget Transportation in Accra

To get around on a budget, the best solution is the tro-tro or shared taxi. These taxis are easy to hail and you should always be sure to arrange on a price to your destination before you begin the journey. When traveling to the airport, a tro-tro is also the least expensive way to go. There is also the option of private cars and private taxis for ground transport to the airport, though both of these options will cost quite a bit more.

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