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How To Travel To Benin

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By plane

The primary airport in Cotonou receives a large number of foreign aircraft. From here, you may fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, and a number of West African destinations. To enter the country, you must provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination, which must be readily accessible at the airport.

By train

Benin has no international rail service.

By car

There are land crossings with all neighboring countries, but owing to violence, only the two coastal borders with Togo and Nigeria are advised.

How To Travel Around Benin

By busThere is a very punctual and dependable bus system that runs a tour-style bus through every major city in Benin every day, as well as certain international services in and out of Benin. There are many main routes with buses of varying quality. Confort Lines and Benin-Routes are...

Destinations in Benin

Regions in BeninNorthern BeninTribes and arid landscapesSouthern BeninThe coastline, the capital, and the most of the attractionsCities in BeninPorto-Novo — Porto-Novo is the capital, at least in name.Abomey — The Royal Palaces of Abomey are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Cotonou — Cotonou is Benin's biggest city...

Things To See in Benin

Benin is probably best known to the rest of the world as the home of the Vodun religion, or voodoo. There are voodoo temples, roadside fetishes, and fetish markets all throughout the nation, but the most well-known is the skull and skin-filled fetish market in the Grande Marche du...

Money & Shopping in Benin

Benin uses the West African CFA franc (XOF). Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo also use it. While technically distinct from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all CFA franc (XAF & XOF)-using nations.The French treasury...

Food & Drinks in Benin

Food in BeninStreet sellers offer anything from beans and rice to grilled chicken, goat, and/or turkey in every city/village. Prices are negotiable. But be cautious; always pick a seller whose food is still hot and whose dishes have been kept covered with a lid and/or cloth.Kuli-KuliBoulets de Poulet avec...

Language & Phrasebook in Benin

The official language is French, the previous colonial power's language. Fon and Yoruba are spoken in the south, Bariba and Dendi in the north, and over 50 additional African languages and dialects are spoken across the nation. English is becoming more popular.Local languages are utilized as the primary language...

Culture Of Benin

ArtsLong before French became the main language, Beninese literature had a rich oral history. L'Esclave, the first Beninese book, was written in 1929 by Félix Couchoro.Following independence, the country's music culture was lively and creative, with local folk music blending with Ghanaian highlife, French cabaret, American rock, funk and...

History of Benin

Precolonial historyBenin now includes three regions that had distinct political and ethnic systems prior to French colonial rule. Prior to 1700, there were a few significant city states along the coast (mainly of the Aja ethnic group, but also of the Yoruba and Gbe peoples) and a swath of...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Benin

Stay Safe in BeninThe easiest method to remain safe in Benin is to always be in the company of a local you can trust, such as a friend or a professional tourist guide. They know which places are safe and which are not, they know how much things cost...

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