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Old 15 May 2010
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Public Transport from Guinea to Sierra Leone

Does anyone have info on public transport between Guinea and Sierra Leone? I will be travelling there during the month of July and I´m interested in going over to Sierra Leone. Is it maybe madness to be thinking of that during the rainy season?
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I have researched this alot, and it seems that the main highway between Conakry and Freetown is now paved all the way. So even in the rainy season it should be passable. I understood that about 3 months ago, they had approx 50kms left to pave on the Sierra Leone side.

I stand to be corrected on that though.

Inyang is another member on the HUBB and he has recently been through this way. He may have more accurate information.

If you do go on this route Id sure appreciate a report afterwards, esp regarding visa prices for Guinea and Sierra Leone. Safe travels.
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The closest we got to Conakry was Mamou. We were told the road from Mamou to Conakry was all good though.

No info on Conakry to Freetown but I overheard a group say it was fine now.

From Faranah and eastwards, there were no obvious good roads going south, so you may want to stick to crossing over from the Conakry end.

Actually with public transport, your chances are better since you can easily abandon your vehicle and hop on another one (if you travelling light enough).

At some really bad spots, you will likely get vehicles operating after the obstruction, not an option when with your car/bike/truck. And if your vehicle gets stuck, you may also join another

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Thank you so much for your reply. I will be staying in Guinea-Bissau in July and I really want to travel to Conakry and Freetown also, but I haven´t taken a decision if I will. I will most definitely let you know how it went if I go.
You don´t happen to be there in July also?
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As for public transport you have many options. I have travelled this stretch (Conakry-Freetown) back in 2005 and there were at least two direct options: bus and bush-taxi. Bus was c.a €7.50, taxi c.a. €7.00. Bus does not leave every day, bush-taxi does. Both leave from "Pamelap Ligne" bus stop in the Matam district of Conakry.

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During rainy season it won't be hard to manage the public transportation but the thing is that it will take add more hours to the journey as in between few bridges exist and if you want to reach fast then bush taxi would be good choice, it won't take much longer.
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