Information & Facts
The safest taxis are the official metered orange taxis. Numerous
touts will try to offer you a deal but they are best avoided. Taxi
fare to the city center generally costs about US$15, and fares
double after midnight.
There is one main parking area at Abidjan International Airport,
located right outside the terminals. Parking fees range from XOF
500 per hour at the beginning to XOF 100 per hour the longer you
park, and there are monthly parking rates of XOF 15,000.
Major operators such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Budget have
car hire desks in the arrivals hall.
Bus: A bus service connects the airport with the city centre,
and although very inexpensive, it is best used by backpackers and
intrepid travellers due to safety concerns.
Taxis: Orange taxis which charge set fares are your best option;
the cost of a taxi to the city centre is around XOF 6,800, doubling
Tel: +225 (0)2175 7901/2.
There is a departure tax of XOF 3,000 if you're
connecting to African destinations, and XOF 5,000 for other
Money and communications: There is a bank with a currency
exchange service, and an ATM which works intermittently.
Luggage: Luggage storage is available. Airlines maintain
individual lost luggage enquiries desks. Porters are available to
assist with bags; a flat fee of XOF 500 is charged. Conference and
business: There are no conference facilities, although the local
Phone Shop offers email, internet and fax services. Other
facilities: Airport amenities include a VIP lounge, pharmacy,
bookshop, bar and cafeteria.
Wi-Fi: Not currently available.
Information: There is a tourist desk in the main arrivals hall,
but few of the staff members speak English.
Shopping: There are two large stores in the airport, one of
which has a good range of duty-free goods. Local boutiques sell
traditional clothing and jewellery.
Food and Drink: There are several bars, cafes and a
The official language of Ivory Coast is French but more
than 60 native dialects are spoken.
The official currency is the CFA Franc (XOF), divided into 100
centimes. The CFA Franc is linked to the Euro. New notes were
issued in 2004 and only those issued by the Bank of West African
Banque des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest) are valid
currency. There are a few ATMs in Abidjan but most will accept only
Visa cards. It is unwise to use an ATM that is not guarded. Credit
cards are accepted in the larger hotels and better restaurants.
Most shops require cash. Travellers cheques are accepted in banks,
as well as some tourist orientated hotels and restaurants.
You can easily walk between the adjacent Domestic and