It’s possible for tourists to get around the Dakar area using a few different modes of transportation.

There are two types of busses in Dakar : Those that can carry up to forty people and those that carry fewer people. The busses that can carry up to forty people are called, “Cars Mourides,” and the busses that can carry about fifteen to thirty people are called, “Ndiaga Ndiaye.” These busses often travel on the main roads in Dakar as well as the other large cities/towns in Senegal .

For any tourists who want to travel long distances (e.g. out of the city of Dakar ), the most popular mode of transportation is called a “Sept-Place Taxi,” or more commonly known as a “Bush Taxi.” Using this form of transportation is not necessarily comfortable. They are usually cars with three rows of seats, and up to seven people are squished into the vehicle. Even though the ride might be tight and uncomfortable, the bush taxis are usually pretty reliable and they are not hugely expensive.

Taking the busses in Dakar costs less than a bush taxi, but it is not an easy way to travel, especially for tourists carrying luggage.

There are ferries available that leave from Dakar and travel to Ziguinchor. The ferries are reasonably safe, reliable and comfortable.