Transport is a major aspect of the Ghanaian economy. An efficient mode of transport means that people are able to reach their place of work and help boost the economy. The intercity STC bus company in Ghana s one of the ways the government is using to improve the movement of people.
STC bus company Ghana overview
The intercity STC bus Ghana is a fully functional coach service that is owned and controlled by the government. The service has commercial vehicles with a total of 25 destinations they go to, including countries out of Ghana i.e. Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
In 2015, there was an agreement between Noradic Logistics Limited. The company agreed to invest 35 million US dollars in order to help the government purchase STC Ghana new buses.
The deal would see the introduction of 100 new buses at the commencement of the deal and another 300 during the tenure of the agreement. This in turn would ensure that the STC bus company regains its status as the top transport company in Ghana. And this seems to have worked. This was evident when STC launched the Accra-Lagos-Accra service and the re-launch of the Accra and Kumasi route.
STC sought to become financially sound, for this reason it’s not the shareholder (SSNIT has a share of 80% and the government's shares are at 20%) who will pay for the buses. The buses will be paid for using the profits they accrue, and it seems to be working. Recently, STC bus company Ghana paid the government 1.7 million Dollars for the 50 buses bought in 2016.
Locations used by STC bus Accra Ghana as pick up stations
There are different terminals used to board STC buses:
- Those who wish to go to SOME of the west points as well as the Cape Coast will get a bus from Kineshe Terminal. You can also opt to use the sotrec station, Mallam Junction.
- Those who wish to go to Kumasi will have to use the Achimota station.
- The main STC station, located on Rind Road, will be used for the buses that travel to the North and West.
Ghana STC bus timetable and routes
STC buses juggle between 25 destinations countrywide and they also offer international services to neighboring countries. The timetable for all buses is available at the STC website. The different buses leave the stations at stipulated times. For example, the bus from Accra to Tarkwa departs Accra at 2:30pm and is expected at Tarkwa before 11:00pm. This is because the bus from Tarkwa leaves at 11:00pm on its way to Accra. This is mostly for routes that are not frequently used.
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However, in busier routes like the Accra-Cape Coast route, there are more trips in a day. From Accra to Cape Coast, there are two departures from Monday to Saturday the first one being at 8:30am and the last one at 2:30pm. From Cape Coast to Accra, there are two departures. The first bus that leaves at 8:00pm is available from Monday to Saturday. The second departure at 3:00pm is available from Monday to Sunday.
The international routes have only one departure per day. However, the buses do not depart for international destinations every day. They do it in intervals of three days for some routes and one day a week for other routes.
Therefore, it is important to note the disparities in the timetables to ensure you enjoy the STC bus services. Also, this will help you know when to travel to avoid situations where you may find yourself stranded as no STC bus that is due to depart from that station on a particular day.
Nationwide bus fares and schedules
International Bus fares and schedules
STC Ghana bus fares
The STC Ghana bus fares differ based on the destination. Destinations that are close to each other see the customers paying less. However, destinations that are far away seeing the passengers pay a lot more in fares.
The fares for local services and international services differ to a large extent. In the case of international routes, in addition to the price being higher, the fares in some instances involve an International Pass fee.
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