Coming to Lope

 

Lope is situated at the heart of Gabon in the province of Ogooue-Ivindo, 350 km away from Libreville.
You can go to Lope either by car or by train.

 

If you decide to come by road without owning a private car, you can hire an all-terrain vehicle in Libreville. Be aware that rental costs are very high in Gabon and that you may pay some fees concerning the authorisation for leaving Libreville. Moreover, make sure you have enough fuel cans for the round trip because fuel sold outside big cities is often of poor quality.

 

If you decide to come by train, the national railway company SETRAG (Société d'Exploitation du TransGabonais) will take care of your trip. Its motto: « If nothing against it ». You have been warned!
The train ticket can be bought either to the commercial agency situated in Libreville city centre or at any train station. The last stops are Owendo (Libreville suburbs) and Franceville. Lope is about mid-flight, between Ayem and Offoue, making you arriving usually in the dead of night. Rather uncomfortable but such is Gabon.

 

Schedule and prices (in FCFA) during OFF-SEASON (mid-October 2015 to mid-July 2016):

Day

Category

Departure OWENDO

Arrival to Lope

VIP class

First class

Second class

Tuesday

Express

17h50

00h40

29,150 F

25,500 F

19,050 F

Thursday

Equator

18h00

01h15

25,500 F

21,400 F

15,000 F

Friday

Express

17h50

00h40

29,150 F

25,500 F

19,050 F

Sunday

Equator

18h00

01h15

25,500 F

21,400 F

15,000 F

 

Day

Category

Departure FRANCEVILLE

Arrival to Lope

VIP class

First class

Second class

Tuesday

Equator

17h00

00h50

30,700 F

25,700 F

18,100 F

Thursday

Express

17h50

01h05

35,000 F

30,700 F

23,000 F

Friday

Equator

17h00

00h50

30,700 F

25,700 F

18,100 F

Sunday

Express

17h50

01h05

35,000 F

30,700 F

23,000 F

 

Schedule and prices (in FCFA) during HIGH SEASON (mid-July to mid-October 2016):

Day

Category

Departure OWENDO

Arrival to Lope

VIP class

First class

Second class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

Category

Departure FRANCEVILLE

Arrival to Lope

VIP class

First class

Second class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you have enough change when buying the train ticket and weighing your luggage because SETRAG rarely has it to repay the difference!  

Luggage transportation: Aboard the train, you are allowed to take two items of hand luggage weighing no more than 22 lbs. Heavier pieces must be checked in and weighed at least 1h30 before the train departure but we recommend you to do it much more in advance so as to be sure that there is place left. Like this, you will avoid the scramble in the final straight ;)

Have a nice trip!