Communauté Financière Africaine Francs (XOF)

Daily Costs

Budget: less than CFA40,000

  • Hotel room: CFA12,000
  • Pâte in a maquis: CFA1200
  • Local beer: CFA600
  • Zemi-john ride: CFA400

Midrange: CFA40,000–60,000

  • Hotel room: CFA25,000
  • Two-course dinner: CFA5000
  • Drink in a bar: CFA1800
  • Intercity bus ride: CFA7500

Top End: more than CFA60,000

  • Hotel room: CFA45,000
  • Two-course meal: CFA12,000
  • Cocktail: CFA2500
  • 4WD with driver, per day: CFA56,000


Bargaining is common in Benin, though delving into negotiations over the cost of a plate of street food would be in poor taste.


All banks change cash. There are plenty of ATMs, most of which accept Visa.

Trinity Forex Changes US dollars, euros, Swiss francs and British pounds.

Banque Atlantique Temperamental MasterCard and Visa ATM.