Important Notice

Flights from India

Visa inquiries must be made at Guinea embassies and are not available at the borders or airport.

Interior travel

Passenger trains are not operational in Guinea, though cargo trains still run the old line between Conakry and Kankan. The old station in downtown Conakry is worth a visit.
Cars are the preferred mode of transport for travel within the country, since there are few buses. Traffic in Conakry can be very heavy and there is heavy demand by residents for the local transport vans. Taxis are very inexpensive, even if you want to rent one for a half or whole day. The Government and business centre of the city is located at the tip of a long and narrow peninsula and is connected to the rest of Conakry, which sprawls onto the mainland, by two roads. Hence, if you plan to travel there, be prepared for some delays during rush hour. Much of the infrastructure around the airport is being rebuilt, so trips to downtown or to la Meniere might involve some detours.

Bush Taxis ("504", for the common Peugeot 504 model) are used for transport from city to city. There is a curfew at night, so plan to drive into Conakry in the morning. However, local transport is permitted to leave Conakry after dark. Departure times are not set for local transport, so if a taxi is leaving "toute suite", it may not get out of Conakry until well after dark. Hence, intercity travel in Guinea requires flexibility and a loose schedule. It is also possible to fly from city to city but get to the airport early and bring cash for your tickets.
MotorTaxi/TaxiBikes, are a much faster and more comfortable way of travel. If you plan to visit out of the way destinations or keep your own schedule, hiring a motorcycle is the best option.

Visitor tips

Buying

They do not sell a lot of trinkets in Guinea, but they do have wonderful clothing that you can purchase. The tailors there are very skilled and can create an outfit very fast (approximately a day). Masks, wood statues, djembes (drums), traditional clothing, bags made in Guinea are sold in many of the areas outside of major hotels in Conakry and along the roadside. Always barter, especially if outside a major hotel as prices there are higher. A good rule of thumb is to halve whatever the opening price is and also to walk away if the prices don't come down. Negotiations are supposed to take awhile and are a way of figuring out the "walk away" price point for both buyer and seller.

The largest market in Conakry is Madina market. You can find everything and anything there. It is a hectic yet colourful place and you will find the best produce, electronics etc. at the best prices. You can hire a young boy to haul out your purchases for you if you are walking back to a parked car or where you're staying. Cost is about 5000 GNF ($1).

In certain parts of the country you can also find some nice carvings, many of which are created in the city of Kindia.

Eating

Many options are available for dining. For a mere 20,000 GNF (160 INR), one can dine on delicious cultural foods from Africa. If your taste buds would prefer something international, many other choices are available as well. There are good Lebanese restaurants which have European styled breakfasts.

Outside of Conakry, you can often enjoy local dishes (consisting of Guinean style rice and one of the four main sauces with sometimes beef or fish in some cases) at a'hole in the wall' local restaurant for about 3,000-6,000 GNF (25-50 INR).

In Kankan, Guinea (Haute Guinee), there are quite a few decent restaurants. There is Hotel Villa and Hotel Bate. A typical plate can cost anywhere between 35,000-55,000 GNF (280-440 INR). However, prices of food and drinks are not fixed and can vary from one season to another.

Another alternative to eating out is eating "IN". Guineans are generally welcoming and friendly people you may be invited to their home to share a meal. Most Guineans eat together from one big dish.

Fruits are very inexpensive in Guinea. In and around Kindia, on the national road (which literally goes from the North of the country to Conakry in the South),one can find people selling tasty pineapples very cheaply by the side of the road. Mangoes, oranges and bananas can also be found in abundance throughout the country and at a cheap rate, especially at road sides.

Fresh vegetables are also easily available and very cheap, if one prefers salads or fancies some cooking.

Drink

Tap water is normally used for cleaning and bathing purposes. It is preferable to drink bottled water.

Canned European beer is available as well as a local "Skol" lager beer.

Water bottled in the name of Coyah is available everywhere for about US$ 0.50 per 1.5 litre bottle and is very good.

Medical facilities

The medical system in Guinea is in a nascent stage, though evolving rapidly. In general, private medical facilities provide a better range of treatment options than public facilities.

Malaria is prevalent in some parts of Africa. If you are visiting a malaria prone area, it might be advisable to take anti-malarial prophylactics and cover up exposed skin during the evening and early morning when mosquitoes are at their worst. If staying in the country for a long time it might be easier to carry anti-malarial drugs and anti-diarrhoeadrugs (Cipro) as well as aspirin and a medical kit with you.