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Senegal General Information
Senegal Expatriates Handbook
Senegal and Foreign Government
Senegal General Listings
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Senegal Education & Medical
Senegal Travel & Tourism Info
Airlines in Senegal
Hotels in Senegal
Car Rentals in Senegal
Getting Around in Senegal
Tour Operators in Senegal
Travel & Holiday Tips in Senegal
Senegal Lifestyle & Leisure
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Getting Around in Senegal

By Air

Air Senegal International ( runs services to all the main towns in Senegal. There are aerodromes in Ziguinchor, Podor and Tamba.

By Water

It is often quicker to travel by sea than road. A ferry line, relaunched in 2007, runs from Dakar to Ziguinchor (20 hours). Sea shuttles depart regularly from Dakar harbour to the Île de Gorée. An excellent service, L’Express du Senegal, links Banjul, Dakar and Ziguinchor. Fares tend to be high.

By Rail

Trains run from Dakar to towns en route for Bamako in Mali. There is an ongoing program of upgrading and expansion. Children under three travel free and children aged three to nine pay half fare.

By Road

Traffic in Senegal drives on the right. Asphalt roads link the major towns and the coastal region. The network of roads in the interior is rough and may become impassable during the rainy season. It is not advisable to drive at night. There are often police checkpoints at the entrance and exit to villages to enforce speed restrictions; fines are paid on the spot.


There are many buses (known locally as grand cars) available for short distances as well as minibuses, which are cheaper if less efficient. Long-distance services operate subject to demand only.


Available in most towns; fares are metered. Rates increase after midnight. It is cheaper to hail a taxi in the street than arrange to be collected from the hotel. Bush taxis are good for journeys into the interior.

Car Rental

Car rental companies are found in Dakar and the main towns.

Documentation: A French or International Driving Permit and Green Card are required.

Urban Transportation

Bus and minibus services operate in Dakar. Taxi, taxi-brousse, taxi-clando, car-charette, and transport commun (cars rapides) Buslines in Dakar and around Dakar are maintained by SOTRAC (Société des Transports en commun de Cap Vert), now managed by a private company and called Dakar Demm Dikk.





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