Flights are available through Abidjan, Brussels, Casablanca, Dakar, Niamey, Paris on the following carriers: Air AlgÃ©rie, Air Burkina, Air France (http://www.airfrance.com/...), Air Ivoire, Brussels Airlines (http://www.brusselsairlin...), Ghana Airways, Point Afrique, and Royal Air Maroc. US flights : Brussels Airlines is part of 'Star Alliance' and Royal Air Maroc (http://www.royalairmaroc....) also offers some U.S. flights departing from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Air Burkina is the national carrier and offers a number of flights within West Africa and to Paris. Air Burkina is part of Celestair which also owns stakes in Compagnie Aerienne du Mali and newly created Uganda Airways. Planes are for the most part new and well maintained. Flights timing is unreliable but once in the air service is good. Like many African airlines, although flights may indicate only one destination, i.e. direct flight from Ouagadougou, there are often multiple stops along the way to pick-up and drop-off passengers.
Upon arriving at the carousel at the Ouagadougou Airport to claim your luggage, a number of men in uniforms will want to take your luggage out for you. They will expect to receive about 500 CFAs USD1 per bag at least from an expat. Unfortunately, it is difficult for them to exchange anything other than a USD20 bill. Euros are a bit easier for them to change, but it is best if you bring exact change in CFAs.
There is a 517 km railroad stretch from Ouagadougou to the Cote d'Ivoire border. Count approx. 48hrs a train trip duration from Abidjan to Ouagadougou, and slightly less than 24hrs for the trip duration from Bouake to Banfora. In August 2007, the cost trip from Abidjan to Ouaga was 30000 CFA, with 5000 CFA more for 1st class, which is not always available.