Getting around Burkina Faso


Borgo, 16km (10 miles) from Bobo Dioulasso, is the principal domestic airport. Air Burkina ( runs flights between Bobo Dioulasso and Ouagadougou. Charter jets are also available.

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Road quality

The quality of roads is improving, thanks to investment in the road network in recent years. The major routes are paved, but smaller roads may be unpaved and rutted, requiring a 4-wheel drive vehicle. It is inadvisable to drive at night, as there are few street lights and some vehicles do not have headlights.

Car hire

Available from hotels and at the airport in Ouagadougou. As the quality of hire cars is variable, it's worth leasing cars for a day or two initially before committing yourself to a longer contract. Chauffeur-driven cars are also available.


Shared taxis are available in major centres; fares are negotiable.


A valid national driving licence.


There is a limited service from Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso (around three times a week each way). Two classes are available, but can become overcrowded.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.