The average flight time to Sierra Leon from the UK is 9h 40m. However, this is the time for a flight with one stopover, rather than a direct flight. Additional stopovers can extend travel time significantly, and some airlines have very long flight times even with a single stopover, with some surpassing 12h. The most common UK airport for departure is London Heathrow. However, this is the largest and busiest airport in the UK. Some passengers may prefer to use London City Airport, which is smaller and quieter. The only international airport in Sierra Leone is Freetown International Airport, which is actually located in the town of Lungi.
The only city that offers direct flights to Sierra Leone from the UK is London. However, direct flights are very sporadic and most travelers find that they need to book a flight with one or two stopovers instead. These can be found with many different cities in the UK, including Glasgow, Newcastle, Durham, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Manchester, and many more. All will connect with Freetown in Sierra Leone, though. Travel time for a one-stopover flight is around 9h 40m, but this varies drastically from airline to airline. With two stopovers, you are looking at 16h or more. Some return flights require three stopovers, which are even longer.
The most convenient way to get around Sierra Leone is with a private car hire, which can be arranged for at the airport or through various other rental locations. However, public buses are also available and offer affordable transportation, although they are more crowded and slower than driving your own vehicle. Okadas are available in main towns, and poda-podas (private buses) can also be rented. Some towns can be visited by boat, as the nation sites on Africa’s coast.
There is lots to experience during a visit to Sierra Leone. Many visitors head to the beach, and River Number Two Beach is one of the most popular. Lumley Beach is another such option, as is Bureh Beach. Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is also a popular destination. The National Railway Museum is worth a visit for those with a love of trains, and you may also enjoy a visit to Bunce Island, viewing the Cotton Tree, or touring St. George’s Cathedral.
Yes, you will need a passport to enter Sierra Leone from the UK. It should be valid for at least six months from your date of entry into the nation. You will also need to purchase a visa before you’re allowed to enter. Unlike some other nations, Sierra Leone allows you to purchase a visa on arrival. Note that these visas must be purchased with US dollars and will cost $80. If you are visiting for a purpose other than tourism, you will need to pre-purchase your visa.