Guinea Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Guinea

Where is it?: Guinea is in western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone

Why do people go here?: Not many travelers come to Guinea. Although the country is safe, the capital Conakry has a bad reputation for crime.

What are the main entry points?: A number of European airlines serve Guinea. If you’re traveling overland, it’s best to use the roads through Mali or Cote d’Ivoire, as Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone are unsafe.

Currency used: Guinean franc

Country Code for Phones: 224

Religion: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, Animist 7%

Population: 10 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Fulani 35%, Malinke 30%, Susu 20%, Other

Government: Military Junta

Languages: French, Indigenous

Travel Information

Major Cities: Conakry, Kindia, Kankan

Attractions: Fouta Djalon Plateau

Tourism Office locations and links: Office National du Tourisme BP : 1275 Conakry; Tél. : +224 30 45 51 63/+224 60 33 06 19/ +224 60 55 73 61; Fax : +224 30 45 51 64; E-Mail: info@ontguinee.com Web Site:

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Dalaba, Pita

Health Issues: Diarrhea, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November through February has the least amount of rain and it’s cool.

Common Phrases: Hello = Bonjour, How are you? = Comment allez-vous?, Good = Bien or Bon, Yes = Oui, Okay = D’accord or OK, No = Non, Thank you = Merci, Please = S’il vous plaît, Goodbye = Au revoir

Specific Events/Holidays: Declaration of the 2nd Republic: April 3, Market Women’s Revolt: August 27, Independence Day: October 2, Armed Forces Day: November 1, Variable Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Government-run buses run between the main towns.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Guinea is the Conakry Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Guinea travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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