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How to Get to Gabon

How to get to Gabon by Air

Gabon is well connected by air to most of the European capitals with direct flights from London and Paris by major European and African airlines. The national airlines, Air Gabon flies to London, Paris and important destinations in the countries of East Africa and Central Africa. Gabon’s international airport at Libreville (LBV) is 12km from the city centre and offers travellers facilities like exchange bureaux, car rental agencies, tourist information counters, car rental agencies and duty free shops.

How to get to Gabon by Rail

Brazzaville (Congo) is connected to Mbinda on the Gabon border by train, and then take some form of motorised transport to Franceville before boarding the Trans-Gabonais train to Libreville. The total trip can take upwards of a week, barring minor and major mishaps.

How to get to Gabon by Road

The journey from Yaounde (Cameroon) to Libreville, the capital city, can take up to three days by road on mini buses or shared bush taxis. The border crossing is at Bitam, where immigration stamps are entered and are really important; so don’t overlook this aspect when travelling into Gabon. At Bitam, vehicles take passengers to the ferry at Ntem River for the rest of the journey to Yaounde.

Brazzaville (Congo) is connected by road to Libreville. The Bata (Equatorial Guinea) to Libreville road goes via the border town of Cocobeach. The journey involves many stages of hop, skip and jump, starting at Cocobeach, where you board motorized pirogues on to Acalayong and climb into a pickup/ minibus/taxi to Mbini and Bata.

How to get to Gabon by Sea

Freighters make infrequent trips between Douala (Cameroon) and Libreville and sometimes agree to take passengers. Fares have to be negotiated and depend on the skill of the negotiating parties but don’t come inclusive of food, drink or many other basic comforts. A regular ferry service connects Sao Tome to Libreville.


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