Freetown and the airport are separated by the Sierra Leone River, with reliable boat services available for your transfer.

Recommended Fast Boat Transfers

We recommend Sea Coach Express, known for their extensive fleet and experience. However, Sea Bird Express is another reliable option.

Alternative Option: Overnight Stay at Lungi

Spending the night at Lungi ​

Many flights arrive in Freetown after dark, making an overnight stay at Lungi a practical choice before continuing to Freetown the next day. Check our list of hotels in Lungi if this suits your schedule. You would have to leave with the first scheduled boat service or organise a charter for your convenience.

Crossing Options


Tip: Booking your tickets in advance can expedite your airport exit.

Water Taxis

Water Taxis
Sea Coach Express and Sea Bird Express offer water taxi services. These dual-engine boats provide a 30-minute journey for $45, though the ride can be bumpy especially in the rainy seasons. Book these services on our website, where you can also add options like airport assistance, securiport tax, and private vehicle transfers.

Private Chartered Speedboats

For a more personalized experience, consider chartering a speedboat from either Sea Coach Express or Sea Bird Express. The journey takes 20-30 minutes and offers a unique way to reach Freetown.


The ferries from Kissy and the government wharf are the most economical option but not the quickest or most convenient. This mode is popular among locals but can involve significant delays, making it our least recommended option.

By Road

Driving from Lungi to Freetown via Port Loko takes over 3 hours. This route is more suitable if you’re heading up-country or prefer to avoid the water crossing. Pre-arranged private transport is advised as vehicle rentals from Lungi can be challenging – you can talk to us about this.