Information & Facts
Hertz and Locatour have rental offices at the airport.
Taxis are located in front of the airport terminal, across the
road, and boards display a list of fixed rates.
There are bars, restaurants, a bureau de change and a few shops
French is the official language in Mali, but Bambara is
spoken by 80% of the population. Numerous other African languages
are also spoken. Outside the bigger towns few people speak French,
and hardly anyone speaks English.
The official currency in Mali is the West African CFA Franc
(XOF), which is divided into 100 centimes. The CFA franc is tied to
the Euro. Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged
at banks in Bamako. French francs and euro are the easiest to
exchange. Banks are closed on weekends. ATMs are only available in
Bamako and only accept Visa cards. Major credit cards, usually
Visa, are accepted in some hotels and restaurants in the capital,
but credit cards in general are not widely used in Mali.