Traveling between cities in Côte d’Ivoire is generally more pleasant than in neighboring African nations. The roads are in usually excellent shape, and the bus system is relatively new. The drawback is the high frequency of military checkpoints, which may add hours on a journey. While the checkpoints are inconvenient, Ivorian troops are generally professional and do not bother non-French western travelers. Soldiers in Ghana, for example, are considerably more likely than those in Côte d’Ivoire to demand a bribe. The majority of Western countries advise its nationals to avoid Côte d’Ivoire. Travelers with French passports should take this warning very seriously. When you clarify that you are not French, an Ivoirian soldier’s attitude toward you will soon alter.
Traveling in Abidjan is more enjoyable when you have your own car. Except for a few cab drivers who steer anywhere on the road, the roads are in excellent condition and traffic laws are strictly adhered to. Lane discipline and traffic signals are strictly adhered to.
In Abidjan, taxis are a wonderful and convenient method to get about. Simply search for an orange vehicle and wave it down. The fares are extremely reasonable, ranging from USD2 to USD4 depending on the duration of the trip. Always haggle before getting into a cab, although they are often inexpensive – unlike in Accra.