Guinea-Bissau Travel Overview

Guinea-Bissau Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Bissau

Official language: Portuguese

Currency: CFA franc

Continent: West Africa

Travel in Guinea-Bissau

The former Kingdom of Kaabu is now one of the poorest countries in the world.


According to Countryaah, Guinea-Bissau is a state in West Africa. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean and borders Senegal and Guinea.


The official language in the country is Portuguese, making it one of the few countries in Africa where Portuguese is still spoken. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. The country is 10% smaller than Switzerland, with a large part of the area being characterized by marine erosion.


TAP flies several times a week from Lisbon to Bissau and TACV daily from Dakar to Bissau, the capital of the country.


In Guinea-Bissau there is a high biodiversity of animals to be seen as well as the cultural mix of Portuguese colonial heritage and West African tradition.

Important facts

Capital: Bissau

Official language: Portuguese


Currency (sub-unit)

CFA franc (100 centimes)

ISO 4217 code

XOF / 952


Continent: Africa

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 11 ° 48 ‘13.5 ” W -15 ° -10’ -49.5″

Highest mountain: unnamed (300 m)

Total area: 36,120 km²

Mainland: 28,000 km²

National border: 724 km

Coastline: 350 km


Dependency: Portugal until 1973

UN member since: 1974

Other political affiliation: African Union

Form of government: Presidential Democracy


Guinea Bissau GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Peanuts, coconuts

BSP: $ 291,000,000

GDP: $ 304,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 1,234,000,000

Export: $ 178,000,000

Import: $ 224,000,000

Electricity consumption: 66 million KWh

Oil consumption: 3,100 million m³

Cultivation area: 14.86%

Bovine: 504,000 pieces

Pigs: 371,000 pieces

Fishing: 5,700 t

Demographic data

Residents: 1,442,100

Residents in cities: 484,000

Average age: 19 years

0-14 years: 41.4%

15-64 years: 55.6%

> 65 years: 3%

Population growth: 2.07%

Birth rate: 37.22 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 16.53 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.94

Fertility: 4.86 children / woman

Infant mortality: 105.21 ‰

Life expectancy men: 45.08 years

Life expectancy women: 48.75 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: GW

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: GNB

ISO 3166 numeric: 624

Top Level Domain: gw

IOC country code: GBS


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 16,000

Cell Phones: 13,000

Radios: 77,000

TV: 87,000

Computer: 15,000

Internet users: 41,000


Paved roads: 687 km

Cars: 13,000


Number of doctors: 280

Daily food intake: 2.110 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 27,000


Illiteracy: 55%


Foundation: 1973

Last sovereign since: 1973


Main religious group: Natural religions


Prison inmates: 600


Armed forces (troop strength): 10,000

Defense Spending: $ 9,800,000


Arriving by plane

The national airline is called Guiné Bissau Airlines (G6).

TAP Air Portugal (TP) (Internet: normally offers year-round scheduled flight services from German, Austrian and Swiss airports, but has currently suspended flight connections to Guinea-Bissau.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Bissau: 11 hours; Vienna – Bissau: 21 hours; Zurich – Bissau: 13 hours

Departure fee


Arrival by car

There are some paved connecting roads to Senegal and Guinea (entry via Senegal is not recommended). The route from Conakry (Republic of Guinea) to Bissau is around 1000 km long. In the rainy season the roads are partially impassable.

Travelers should inquire about local safety and travel conditions before commencing their journey. The Foreign Office advises against driving to Guinea-Bissau in your own vehicle, as foreigners are charged high fines even for minor offenses.

Arrival by ship

Ferries connect the coastal ports with the inland ports and are an important part of the transportation system as the roads are often impassable. The main sea port is Bissau, which has been modernized along with four inland ports in recent years. A new inland cargo port is being built in N’Pungda.


Traveling by plane

There are over 20 small landing strips. The national airline Guiné Bissau Airlines (G6) offers domestic flights, including to the offshore islands.

On the way by car / bus

There is right-hand traffic. The road network covers 4150 km, 360 km of which are paved and around another 20% are weatherproof. Improvements are planned. The Foreign Office advises against driving to Guinea-Bissau in your own vehicle, as foreigners are charged high fines even for minor offenses. There is a risk of mines when driving overland. There are long distance taxis and a limited bus service.

Rental cars: limited availability in Bissau, but very expensive.

Documentation: International driver’s license recommended, but not required. You can obtain a temporary driving license on presentation of your own driver’s license.

On the way by ship

Most cities can be reached by ship, and river boats operate in almost all regions. There are ferry connections from Bissau to BolamaBubaque Island, Catio and Enyudé (depending on the tide) as well as from Bissau to Bafatá, with several small ports on the route. Coastal ferries connect the north coast with Bissau.