Dakar - Essential Information
Jeff Attaway

Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport

Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR) is located in the area of Yoff, in the northwest part of town. It is the main air travel hub of the country and handles numerous flight to major international destinations in Africa and Europe, as well as to New York. If you haven't arranged for airport pickup, taxis are your best bet to get to the city. There is a taxi stand outside the terminal, but many illegal taxi drivers will try to offer rides before you can get there. Ignore them and only take the registered taxis. Bus number 8 also goes to the city from the airport. It is much cheaper than a taxi, but can also take much longer.
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Public Transport

Dakar's public bus system is called Dakar Demm Dikk. It is relatively reliable and very affordable, but the bus network can be very difficult to figure out if you're not already familiar with it. Be sure to ask a local which bus to take to get where you're going. Cars Rapides, small blue and yellow mini-buses are a good option for getting to more remote areas of the city. The person in charge or the money will yell out its destinations, so flag it down if it's going your way.
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