Benin Transportation

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Benin Transportation

  • TAXIMOTO !

    Please note: I wrote the following information about my experiences in Cotonou. Taximotos operate all over Benin and they can even take you from town to town cheaper than any car. Also the prices in rural areas should be a bit cheaper, but Taximotos are extremely cheap anyway. So here is my tip: The cheapest, fastest, easiest – and most common –...

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  • On the road in Benin

    The road from the Togo-Benin border to Cotonou takes you through different landscapes like jungle, along the beach and you drive through many villages. It takes 3-4 hours to drive.

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  • Good Standard of Roads

    All the roads we travelled on in Benin were very good and well maintained. I had a 4 wheel drive vehicle and a driver and travelling between the main towns and cities was very easy and fast. Distances between the main cities and tourist attractions in the South are not great so you don't have to drive all day.Most of the drivers in Benin drive very...

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  • Visas

    If you are travelling from the UK the visa for Benin is very fast and easy to get. Mine arrived within 7 days and I got it through CIBT a visa agency in London. The cost of the visa is £45 if you are applying directly through the embassy and CIBT charge a processing fee of £55 plus postage. This is for single entry, and as we decided to go to Togo...

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  • ZimZim Taxi Motorbikes

    The taxi motorbike is very popular throughout Benin. The name ZimZim comes from the word Zemija which means “ take me as far as you can.” The ZimZim taxis started during the financial crisis of the post Marxist 1980’s when the government could not afford to maintain the roads. The only vehicles that could negotiate most roads were motorbikes so...

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  • Petrol Prices

    Petrol costs 480 CFA per litre at the petrol stations. However, most people buy the petrol that is brought in privately from Nigeria. It is either transported by road via Porto Nuovo using specially adapted motorbikes or down the river by boat. All along the roadside in Benin you will see stalls selling petrol in smaller bottles for the motorbikes...

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  • Chinese Motorbikes

    The main method of transport for people in Benin is the motorbike. As you drive through the main cities and towns it is not unusual to see over 20 motorbikes waiting at the traffic lights. They are driven by both men and women and nobody wears a crash helmet. It is common to see families of 3 or 4 people on one motorbike. The cost of a motorbike is...

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  • Packed cars!!

    On the main street leading to Nigeria you see so many loaded cars literally stuffed full of people. This car shows three rows of seats and then still loads of luggage. Mostly you will have three people in the front seat and then as many as can fit in the back. Not always comfortable and its a wonder the cars go at all with all the rattles you hear...

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  • Motocycles Everywhere

    Within the city of Cotonou you will never be left stranded. The roads of Benin are full of motorcycles (Zemidjan) wanting to give you a ride. The familiar looking yellow jacketed motorcycle riders will never leave you alone on the road, they will always stop by you hinting you a lift. Night or day it is really easy a mode of transport. Just carry a...

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  • Air Connections from Benin

    There are a few connections from/to the Cotonou Airport.Airlines Operating Air Senegal - to and from Dakar (Senegal) , Abidjan (Cote d'ivoire) Air Mauritaine - to and from Dakar, Abidjan, Bamako (Mali)Air Ivoire - to and from AbidjanAir France - to and from Paris (daily)Air Gabon - to and from Libreville (Gabon)Air Burkina - to and from...

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  • Zemidjan

    Theyll get you everywhere in Cotonou for between CFA 2-350, theyre very handy, and theyre very unsafe. Couldnt do without them for sure, but I wish they all had proper mirrors and lights and drove a tad slower. Zapping trough town on a zemidjan at dusk is fantastic - candle lit stores on the sidewalks, zillions of huge bats in the sky.

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  • BENIN - AIRPORTS

    Cotonou - Cadjehoun, Benin (COO): Location: 6 km/4 Miles W of the city. By Taxi: XOF 2500-3000/20-25 mins to the city. Rental Cars: AVIS, ETS & Hertz. Airport Tel No: +229 301 413. Updated Jun04 www.Lome - Tokoin, Togo (LFW): Location: 6 km/4 Miles NE of the city. By Taxi: XOX 4000-6000/20-30 mins. By Bus: Some hotels operate a shuttle bus for...

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  • Lake Nokoue, fuel station

    In Ganvie and at the Lake Nokoue everything is built on stilts on the water or floating.So I was not surprised to see a local petrol station, not far from the launching point of Abomey-Calavi, built on stilts, providing petrol in bottles and plastic containers.

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  • Lake Nokoue, sailing pirogue

    At the launching point in Abomey and on our way to Ganvie I saw a lot of pirogues, which have to be moved by hand. But on the lagoon I saw also some pirogues with a sail, using the wind.It was a nice view to see these pirogues also as sailing boats at the Lake Nokoue.

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  • Ganvie, pirogues

    In Ganvie and at the lake Nokoue the local people use the traditional wooden pirogues for transportation of persons, but also for all kinds of goods.If you visit Ganvie or the other villages, you can choose also to take a pirogue, but there are also roofed motorboats.

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  • Long distance bus from Cotonou to Accra

    Finding your bushtaxi or bus in Cotonou is not always easy. Like in many West-African cities every destination has its own motor park, auto gare, busstation or just only an embarkation point.The long distance bus to Accra in Ghana departs from one of the unpaved side roads a few blocks from the Avenue de la Republique. So best to find out in time,...

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  • Road along the beach

    To visit the beaches west of Cotonou, you have to take the unpaved road along the beach. If you don't have your own transport, you have to take a car or motorcycle as taxi. For the short distance it's also a nice road to walk, if you can stay in the shade of the palmtrees, just for reaching the next restaurant or one of the small beachbars.

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  • Motorcycle-taxis

    In the centre of Cotonou you see a lot of motorcycles, like in many other West-African countries. Many of the motorcycles are taxis.To choose the right one, just look at the yellow shirts of the drivers.It's an easy and cheap way of transport and gives a lot of fun. Prices started from about 100 CFA. For longer distances and in the evening we took...

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  • Bush taxi to/from Lome

    For a very comfortable and quick ride to/from Cotonou, consider hiring out a bush taxi for the trip. You have to buy all the seats, but the cost is still reasonable, US$10-15. After many cramped bush taxi rides, it was nice to have enough room for your luggage and your feet, not to mention you butt! PLus, they will take you to exactly where you...

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  • Take the train

    If you are heading to Northern Benin or on to Niger, and you have the time, consider taking the train. It is surprisingly comfortable, it travels away from the roads to some slightly remoter villages, and is much less crowded than a bush taxi. The down side is that it is slower and only goes to Parakou, but Parakou is a pleasant enough place to...

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  • Back in the Bush Country we...

    Back in the Bush Country we did not have access to the mopeds and we had a long walk from the train station to the village that we were staying in, therefore we were able to get some guys to haul our luggage on bikes to the village while we had to walk.Do not try to drive your self, nothing compared to the traffic in the states and there is few...

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  • The most convenient way of...

    The most convenient way of transportation in Benin was riding one of the thousands of Moped taxies. This is something that you have to experince first hand to really enjoy. First you must negotiate a price with the driver prior to getting on to the bike. They will attempt to overcharge a tourist. Once you have negotiated a price you climb on and...

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  • the best way in the country is...

    the best way in the country is to rent a car or travel by BUS the collectif CARS are cheapin the town you may use ZEM , motorcycle with driver in yelloow coat. it is very cheap but you must negotiate before the ride, and they drive quite dangerouslybut if you are 2 or 4, it is a great FUN for they like to run a race !!!MAP of the countries....

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  • The best way to get to...

    The best way to get to Republique du Benin is fly direct from Paris CDG with Air France. You could also fly to Lome in Togo and go overland.The coastal towns of Cotonou, the largest town in Benin and Ouidah and the run down capital of Porto Novo are all easily reached by public transportation.As I was on a special project, rented a four wheel drive...

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  • The easiest way to get to...

    The easiest way to get to Benin is to fly there. There are direct flights from several cities in Europe as well as from other african countries. I took the direct flight from Paris to Cotonou. I went from Benin to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso by taxi. It took about 17 hours or so but was not expensive. In order to get around in Benin alot of people...

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  • I recommend flying through...

    I recommend flying through Europe (France or Belgium) into the Cotonou Airport. Do not take an African airline (Air Afrique - bad), unless it is Ethiopian Air. I get my round-trip tickets for about $1,400 dollars (but I recieve a discount). Go through a travel agent.There are really only two modes of transportation. First, there are the taxis. I...

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