Contact Address Details:
Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: +220 422 8205
Charges & Opening Hours:
~ D25 per foot passenger
~ D250 for jeeps & cars
Open: 7 am - Closed: 11pm
About £25 per night
33-35 Tafsou Ebou Samba Street
Tel: +220 4228184
Banjul Ferry Guest House
About £20 per night
Tel: +220 4222028
Tel: +220 4228 601
Tel: +220 7795134
Service is one of the Gambia capital's vital economic lifelines and
an essential river crossing to Dakar (Senegal) the north bank wharf
Point in the Niumi District.
The journey time from the terminal and across the mouth of the
Gambia River estuary is about 35 minutes and services start from
Banjul at 7am and operate until 9 in the evening.
Note: Once you have paid and entered the departure terminal
there is nothing in the way of refreshments and the toilet
facilities leave a lot to be desired. So do be prepared. Keep your
personal belonging close to you as there are pickpockets who
specifically target ferry passengers.
you wish to make the trip by pirogue then insist on being provided
with a life jacket as this is a mandatory regulation.
are 3 boats in operation which are the 'Johe', 'Barra' and 'Kanilai'
with departures taking place at intervals of every 30 minutes. The 'Johe'
and Barra vessels have a maximum
passenger capacity of 400 people and 25 vehicles while the Kanilai
There are a further 8 other ferry crossing points up-river. They
include (Georgetown) Janjangbureh,
Bansang, Barajally, Yellintenda to Bambatenda,
Kunda, Fatoto and Jarreng.
While on Board:
November, December & January it's possible to do a little dolphin
spotting as schools of them swim on the bow waves of boats. Hawkers
ply there trade on trays selling cigarettes, boiled eggs, soft
drinks, watches and other items. As you cross you will notice that
you are always within site of either shore.
When you arrive at the other side you will see a simple terminal with
a market nearby. Take this opportunity to buy some fruit and stock
up on bottled water.
Should you wish to make a call when you have docked
there is the local Telecentre (Tel: 571 0500).
From there you can then take a taxi
northwards (cost about D50) to the border post of
Amdallai (also spelt Amdalai, Amdalaye)
and onwards to Karang & Dakar. Or north wards
to Jinack Island.
It is possible to use your mobile phone right up
to the border post at Amdalai.
In 2001, the responsibility for operating the ferries department was
transferred from the Gambia Public Transport
Corporation (GPTC) to the
On the 24th July 2006 the president directed that
a new passenger terminal building be built at a
cost of about 10 million Dalasis.
The cost for a one way journey is about D25 for
individual passengers and D250 for cars.