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Train operator:

SETRAG - no website.

 

 

Time zone & dialling code:

GMT+1 all year.  Dialling code +241.

Currency:

£1 = approx 785 CFA Francs.     Currency converter

Tourist information:

  

Visas:

UK citizens need a visa for Gabon.  Gabonese embassy, 27 Elvaston Place, London SW7 5NL, tel. 020 7823 9986.

Page last updated:

5 September 2013


Libreville (Owendo) to Franceville by train

Trains link Libreville with Franceville several nights a week, either the faster Train Express Trans-Ogooue (formerly Ntsa Express) or the all-stations Train Omnibus l'Equateur.  The station at Libreville is Owendo, which is about 4 or 5 miles south of Libreville itself.  Although most trains run overnight, there are no sleeping berths, only seats.  This timetable comes from a report in February 2013, from a photo of the current timetable marked 'Basse saison' (low season).  It's possible there will be more trains in the peak season, whenever that is!  Feedback would be appreciated.

 Libreville ► Franceville

Km

Train:

 Train Express

Trans-Ogooue

VIP, 1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Express

Trans-Ogooue

VIP, 1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Omnibus

l'Equateur

1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Omnibus

l'Equateur

1st, 2nd, restaurant

Days of running:

Tuesday

Friday

Thursday

Sunday

Train number:

211

513

433

733

0

Owendo (Libreville)

09:50

20:30

20:30

20:30

182

Ndjolé

13:45

00:25

00:45

00:45

290

Lopé

15:35

02:50

02:40

03:07

338

Booué

16:50

04:00

04:00

04:30

375

Ivindo

17:21

04:31

04:32

05:02

484

Lastoursville

19:25

06:30

06:40

07:10

619

Moanda

22:10

08:40

09:00

09:35

669

Franceville

22:40

09:10

09:35

10:10

 

 Franceville ► Libreville

Train:

 Train Express

Trans-Ogooue

VIP, 1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Express

Trans-Ogooue

VIP, 1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Omnibus

l'Equateur

1st, 2nd, restaurant

Train Omnibus

l'Equateur

1st, 2nd, restaurant

Days of running:

Wednesday

Sunday

Tuesday

Friday

Train number:

310

714

232

531

Franceville

10:30

20:00

20:00

20:00

Moanda

11:15

20:45

20:55

20:55

Lastoursville

13:25

22:50

23:15

23:15

Ivindo

15:02

00:27

01:00

01:00

Booué

15:50

01:15

01:50

01:50

Lopé

16:45

02:10

02:55

02:55

Ndjolé

18:35

04:00

04:50

04:50

Owendo (Libreville)

22:30

07:55

09:05

09:05

How much does it cost?

Owendo to Franceville

VIP seat

1st class seat

2nd class seat

Ntsa Express:

61,600 CFA (GBP74, USD114)   

53,900 CFA (GBP66, USD102)   

41,800 CFA (GBP52, USD81) 

Train l'Equateur:

n/a   

45,200 CFA (GBP55, USD86)   

32,800 CFA (GBP41, USD64 

How to buy tickets...

You can buy tickets at the station, and at a SETRAG sales point in central Libreville, behind Pellison.  To arrange tickets in advance, try the following travel agency:

NgondeTour
Galeries Maxime Montee de Louis

Infoline: (+241) 06 57 39 66
www.ngondetour.com

2nd class seats on the Libreville to Franceville train   1st class seats on the Libreville to Franceville train

Train Express, 2nd class...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

 

Train Express, 1st class...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

Ntsa Express restaurant car   The Ntsa Express train at Owendo

Train Express, restaurant car...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

 

The express train at Owendo...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

Owendo (Libreville) station   Owendo (Libreville) ticket office

Owendo station, some 4 miles from Libreville...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

 

Owendo station ticket office...

Photo courtesy of Clive Leatherdale

Traveller's reports...

This page is compiled with help gratefully received from traveller Clive Leatherdale, who reports, "Previous guidebooks have suggested the train is decrepit and prone to breakdown and delay.  To my untrained eye, the train looked modern and reliable. On the day I visited the station it arrived on schedule to the minute.  Owendo station struck me by its cleanliness and efficiency, and Gabon seems proud of its railway.  One thing was odd, i couldn't see any VIP car on the Ntsa Express, only two 1st class cars"

More information...

If anyone has any more information. photos or travel reports that would be useful for this page, please e-mail me!

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www.booking.com is my favourite booking site, as it's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

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Get travel insurance, it's essential...

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In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you're resident in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you're resident in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you're not careful you can return home to find some huge bills waiting for you.  I've known people run up a £1,000 bill in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a simple trip to Europe.  However, if you buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone from a company such as www.Go-Sim.com you can slash the cost by up to 85% and limit any damage to the amount you have pre-paid.  It cuts call costs in 175 countries worldwide, and you can receive incoming calls and texts for free in 75 countries.  It's pay-as-you-go, so no nasty bills when you get home.  It also works for laptop or PDA data access.  A Go-Sim account and any credit on it doesn't expire if it's not between trips, unlike some others, so a Go-Sim phone number becomes your 'global phone number' for life.

 


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