Getting there & away
Bush taxis ply the road between Gare de Cotonou in Lomé and Cotonou (CFA3000, three hours) via Hilakondji (CFA800, one hour), while STIF (221 38 48; Gare de STIF) has daily buses to Cotonou (CFA3000, three hours).
There are also border crossings at Tohoun (east of Notsé), Kétao (northeast of Kara) and Nadoba (in the Tamberma Valley), but public transport is infrequent and Beninese visas are not readily available at all posts.
The companies include SKV (220 03 01; 241 Blvd du 13 Janvier), Sogabef (924 23 88; Gare de STIF; Blvd de la Marina),TST (929 01 90; Blvd du 13 Janvier) andSNTV (220 81 21; Gare de STIF; Blvd de la Marina), which also goes to Niamey (Niger; CFA23200, 23 hours).
From Dapaong, it’s cheapest and easiest to get a taxi to Sinkasse, 40km away on the border, or Bitou, 40km into Burkina Faso. From there it’s CFA5000 to Ouagadougou by taxi. Sunday is a good time to find taxis.
The border, open from 6am to 6pm, is beset on both sides by frequent police checkpoints.
From central Lomé it is only 2km (CFA1000 in a hired taxi) to the border (open 6am to 10pm), where you cross to Aflao and can pick up tro-tros (minibuses) to Accra. STIF’s Lomé–Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) buses go via Accra (CFA5000, three hours).
There is a quieter crossing at Klouto, northwest of Kpalimé. The crossing is trickier – but not impossible – in the backcountry at Badou, Natchamba (accessible from Sokodé and Kara) and Sinkasse.
Togo’s international airport is 7km northeast of the centre of Lomé.
For confirming flights or ticket sales, the following airlines have offices in Lomé:
Air France (AF;223 23 23; Immeuble Taba) Also represents KLM.
Air Gabon (GN; 221 05 73; Immeuble Taba) Hub: Libreville.
Air Ivoire (VU; 221 67 15; Immeuble Taba) Hub: Abidjan.
American Airlines (AA; 221 10 16; Immeuble Taba) Hub: Fort Worth.
Cathay Pacific (CX; 221 67 15; Immeuble Tabla) Hub: Hong Kong.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET; 221 70 74; Immeuble Taba) Hub: Addis Ababa.
Ghana International Airlines (GO; 221 56 91; Immeuble Taba) Hub: Accra.
Virgin Nigeria Airways (VK; 221 58 26; Rue Tomaké) Hub: Lagos.