Getting Around

Buses and minibuses operate on the main routes linking Dakar to other principal cities and towns in Senegal. The most common form of transportation is the colourfully painted vehicles that are often very crowded and sometimes unsafe. The bus system is fairly reliable, though there are no system maps so travellers are left to figure the routes out on their own. Taxis are also available and it is best to negotiate the fare before leaving; foreigners are often charged exorbitant rates, so it is best to consult a local for an estimated fare. Car rental agencies operate from Dakar, but rates are often very high.


Dakar International Airport

The airport is situated 37 miles (59km) east of downtown Dakar.

Dakar International Airport (DSS)


The airport is situated 37 miles (59km) east of downtown Dakar.

Getting to the city

The Dakar Dem Dikk bus line 8 takes travellers from the airport to downtown Dakar, with various stops including Yoff, Patte d'Oie, Grand Yoff or Cheikh Anta Diop University. Minibuses operated by hotels run between the airport, the city center and the tourist areas.



Car rental

Several car rental companies have offices at Dakar International airport.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available 24 hours a day at Dakar International Airport. Passengers must negotiate a fare with the driver before entering the vehicle.


Facilities at the airport include currency exchange, left luggage facilities, restaurants, duty-free shopping, and a tourist help desk.


Two car parks are available. One is free located 200 meters from the airport entrance. The second park is located in front of the airport terminal.