Fly To Freetown, Sierra Leone
Freetown is a booming cultural capital on Sierra Leone’s Atlantic Coast. Standing in the middle of downtown is the majestic cotton tree, a symbol of freedom said to have been standing since the first arrival of the free settlers.
While the airport you arrive at is situated in the nearby town of Lungi, it serves international and local travel to the country, and is separated from Freetown by the Sierra Leone River. This airport, small as it is, is the first step of your journey into one of West Africa’s travel gems… an area once torn apart by conflict and now rebuilding as a new era dawns.
Currently there are no direct flights between South Africa and Freetown, Sierra Leone. However, you can use Travelstart to easily find, compare prices and book flights on all airlines such as Ethiopian, Kenya Airways and many more. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search tool to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap flights to Freetown with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans passport holder do need a Visa to enter Sierra Leone. We strongly recommend travelling with six months validity on your passport at all times.
- The South African Embassy to Sierra Leone is situated in Ivory Coast. The address is Villa Marc Andre, Rue Monseigneur Rene, Koussi, Cocody President, Ivory Coast (Phone: +225 2244 5963 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
See and do
Freetown’s attractions and tourist sights are diverse and interesting – unique local monuments, historical landmarks and cultural highlights abound. Do see the Cotton Tree - symbolic of the christening of Freetown in March 1792, King's Gate (archway that freed slaves passed through), Naval Wharf and its slave steps, Fourah Bay College (founded in 1827), National Railway Museum, Sierra Leone Museum, St John's Maroon Church, St. George Cathedral, Foulah Town Mosque (built in the 1830s), as well as beaches such as Lumley Beach (popular for beach parties and festivals).
When it comes to shopping the Big Market on Wallace Johnson is where you will find local artisan work and bargain souvenirs. Many local artists create amazing items from left-over scraps sourced during the war, which results in entirely one of a kind, emotive works of art. There are stalls at many of the beaches too, and there are also some good West African items at Balmaya Arts to check out.
Public transport is chaotic, cheap and readily available in Freetown – the many ways of getting around are shared cabs (cheaper than taking on solo), poda-podas are more like South African mini-buses (they also have their destinations labelled on the fronts and back, for example ‘Lumley’ to get to the beach), private charted cabs (“cha cha”), hotel cabs (more expensive) or car hire (usually comes with a driver). Don’t be shy to ask locals how to get around too – they are often more than willing to assist, and are generally very welcoming to visitors.
Freetown Airport – FNA
Food and beverage: There is a small restaurant in the General Waiting Hall where you can get refreshments.
Currency Exchange: There is a currency exchange desk in the Arrivals Wing at Freetown Airport.
Lost Luggage: Report lost baggage at Lost in Found in the Arrivals Wing.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Lungi Airport Hotel, Leone Lodge Freetown and Mahera Beach Hotel.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Budget, Avis among others.
Airport Hub: Freetown Airport (code FNA) is a hub for Eagle Air and a number of other airlines, with scheduled flights to and from various destinations in Africa and beyond.