Airports in Sierra Leone

Freetown Airport

The airport is situated across the Sierra Leone River from Freetown, 13 miles (21km) north of the city.

Freetown Airport (FNA)

Overview

Travel options from the airport to Freetown are limited. Currently there is a ferry that crosses the river to the city, or a route by road which takes about four to six hours and is not recommended at night. The ferry is the cheapest option, but there can be long queues (several hours on either end). There is also a risk of crime and overloading. Passengers are advised not to use this service alone, or as a foot passenger.

Private boat services are available for the crossing, but passengers are advised to avoid using the local fishing boats. For safety reasons, all passengers arriving at the airport at night should wait until daylight to travel to Freetown; there are several hotels and guesthouses near the airport, but these need to be booked early due to high demand.

Location

The airport is situated across the Sierra Leone River from Freetown, 13 miles (21km) north of the city.

Getting to the city

Travel options from the airport to Freetown are limited. Currently there is a ferry that crosses the river to the city, or a route by road which takes about four to six hours and is not recommended at night. The ferry is the cheapest option, but there can be long queues (several hours on either end). There is also a risk of crime and overloading. Passengers are advised not to use this service alone, or as a foot passenger.

Private boat services are available for the crossing, but passengers are advised to avoid using the local fishing boats. For safety reasons, all passengers arriving at the airport at night should wait until daylight to travel to Freetown; there are several hotels and guesthouses near the airport, but these need to be booked early due to high demand.

Time

No GMT offset.

Car rental

No car hire facilities are available at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Water taxis are available for the journey across the estuary to Freetown. Private chartered speedboats are also available.

Facilities

Facilities include shops, restaurants, currency exchange and banking services, a business centre, a prayer room, and ticket offices for transportation to the city. There are also a few hotels near the airport.

Parking

There is a parking facility near the terminal.


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