Car Hire from Banjul Airport
The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent. As a result, distances are easily covered by car. With the Gambia River on the western coast and the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern, the country is home a rich and varied landscape. From luxury beach resorts to the faded grandeur of Banjul city, bustling local fishing villages to tranquil national parks, there’s lots to see and do.
Where to hire a car at Banjul Airport Hertz is the only car hire company with a desk at Banjul Airport. It’s located in the airport’s one and only terminal so it’s easy to find.
Petrol Stations near Banjul Airport
Cars hired on a full to full fuel policy will need to be refuelled prior to being returned to avoid charges being made to your account by the car hire company.
There are two petrol stations close to Banjul Airport. On the Brikama Highway heading south, there’s a Jah Oil garage as the road reaches Brikama and turns into the South Bank Road, about 15 minutes’ drive from the airport. For drivers travelling north, there’s a Total Garage about 25 minutes from the airport. It’s on Kombo Sillah Drive, a continuation of the Brikama Highway.
Driving around Banjul Airport
Driving around The Gambia can be a real adventure. Roads in The Gambia aren’t very well-maintained and, during the rainy season (between June and October), roads can become particularly potholed so you should always taking extra care when driving.
It’s recommended that drivers apply for an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) before travelling to The Gambia. Drivers can obtain a temporary local license by showing their UK driving license when they arrive to Banjul Airport but this can be quite time consuming.
From the airport, Brikama Highway goes north towards Banjul and south towards Brikama. Off this road, you’ll find a number of smaller roads which lead west towards the coast.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Banjul Airport, there are plenty of incredible locations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
The small sea port of Banjul is the capital of The Gambia. Home to old colonial buildings that hark back to more luxurious times, a bustling market and a busy harbour, it’s a world away from the country’s plush beach resorts and an opportunity to discover some real African history. The city also offers easy access to the impressive River Gambia National Park.
Banjul Airport to Banjul city is a 45 minute, 32km drive taking Brikama Highway which turns into Kombo Sillah Drive. Parking in the centre is a little haphazard with lots of free street parking.
Sanyang Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in The Gambia. It sits on the south west coast of the country and enjoys an idyllic setting. White sandy beaches are backed by inland lagoons, mangroves and palm trees. There are a number of beach bars in which to enjoy a snack and a cocktail and visitors can also head a little way down the coast to Sanyang Fishing Village where they can observe the hustle and bustle as the catch is hauled in.
Banjul Airport to Sanyang Beach is a 40 minute, 25km driver. Drivers should take the Brikama Highway south all the way to Brikama and then head west. You’ll approach the beach by a number of small roads which can be a little potholed depending on when they were last repaired.
Bijilo National Park
Located on The Gambia’s eastern coast, Bijilo National Park is a great destination for nature lovers. There are monkeys, lizards and over 100 bird species to see on a scenic 5 kilometre walk through forests and lush vegetation. There’s also a beautiful beach on to take a picnic break.
Banjul Airport to Bijilo National Park is a 30 minute, 17km drive taking the Brikama Highway for a very short way before cutting away towards the coast.