Guide to Driving In Ghana - Drive Safe in Ghana

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Ghana and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

30-50 KPH

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

80 KPH

rural
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motorway speed limit

100 KPH

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 0.08

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Ghana on the Right side  
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The currency in Ghana is GHS
urban
To rent a car is  18 years and to drive is 21 years of age
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Current fuel price in Ghana 0.91 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Ghana

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Ghana?

Driving in Ghana
Pocket guide to driving in Ghana
Profile:
Ghana
Accra
GHS
Driving in Ghana
SPEED: (KPH)
30-50
80
100
Speed limit in Ghana
Holiday:
Rush hour in Ghana
Cameras:
NO
NO
Speed cameras in Ghana
FUEL:
0.89
0.91
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Ghana
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Ghana
MIN AGE:
21
18
Min driving age in Ghana
DRINK:
0.08
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Ghana
EMERGENCY:
191
Emergency phone number in Ghana
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Ghana
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Ghana
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Ghana
Ghana is not renowned for the quality of its road network, indeed like many African countries it sadly lacks the investment in its infrastructure. Its road network is split into 2 types of road, trunk roads and non-trunk roads. Trunk roads are considered the most important for movement of goods and people and are administered and maintained by the Ghana Highway Authority which was set up in 1974 to develop the trunk road network. Trunk roads account for approximately a third of all roads in Ghana and stretch for around 13,500km. That means that 66% of Ghana's roads are designated non-trunk roads. With a total of around 40,000km of marked roads, of which 26,500km are non-trunk roads and of low quality. These figures are estimates and some reports claim there are more than 50,000km of unpaved roads in Ghana and a phrase you might see and hear around is "in the UK you drive on the LEFT side of the road, whereas in Ghana we drive on what is LEFT of the road..."

driving in ghana

Road conditions away from the trunk roads are generally very poor and potholes are common, where they are paved at all. Dirt roads are liable to flooding and landslides during the rainy season and sadly many lives are lost on the roads in Ghana. If you are visting Ghana, it's recommended that you seek a driver and stick to the trunk roads where possible.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Ghana by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking in Ghana can be quite chaotic, particularly in the major towns and cities. On street parking is available in designated bays and off street parking in open air car parks and parking garages.

Paid Parking
Parking meters are found where on-street parking is available and tickets can be purchased from off-street car parks.

Parking Enforcement in Ghana
Fines are issued for exceeding the limit of your paid parking

Disabled Parking in Ghana
There is little designated disabled parking in Ghana.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

What to do in an emergency

In the event of an accident, drivers should report the incident to the local police and provide details of the incident, the driver name, insurance details and country of residence.

Breakdown in Ghana
In the event of your vehicle breaking down in Ghana, where possible you should move your vehicle to a safe place away from the highway as not to obstruct traffic. You should place a reflective triangle 45m in front and behind of the stricken vehicle to warn other road users of the hazard. If your broken down vehicle is likely to obstruct traffic for over 1 hour in an urban area, or 2 hours in a rural area, the driver must notifty the local police.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

You may find the following phrases useful when driving in Ghana;
 
  • Welcome- Akwaaba
  • Foreigner- Obouroni
  • How much? - Wa ye sen?
  • Thankyou- Meduase
  • Tomorrow- Ochina

Ghana Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Ghana by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.91 0.91
May, 2019 0.97 0.96
Apr, 2019 1.01 0.96
Mar, 2019 0.97 0.92
Feb, 2019 0.91 0.89
Jan, 2019 0.91 0.89
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