The airport is situated across the Sierra Leone River from Freetown, eight miles (13km) 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. There is also a commercial hovercraft service between Freetown (Aberdeen) and Mahera Beach (Lungi), but this is often unreliable, having experienced mechanical problems and closures in the past.
Tel: +232 (0)22 338 307 or (0)22 223 881 (Airports Authority).
No car hire facilities are available.
Shops, a bar and currency exchange services are available.
Depending on the airline, departure tax will either be paid at the airport or included in the price of the ticket.
Freetown Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.