Cotonou in detail


Dangers & Annoyances

The biggest danger in Cotonou is the traffic – the reckless zemi-johns (or zems, motorcycle taxis) in particular. They're unavoidable, however, so always make sure that the driver agrees to drive slowly (aller doucement) before hopping on.

The Jonquet, the beach and the port area all have their fair share of risks: don't walk alone at night and watch your bag at traffic lights if you're on a zem.

Police Stations

Internet Access

Ave Clozel, Blvd Steinmetz and Rue des Cheminots have the most internet cafes.

Cyber Océane

Star Navigation Perhaps country's fastest internet connections.


The 1:15,000 IGN Cotonou map, which lists the city's hotels, cinemas, banks and markets, is available at bookshops.


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.

Tourist Information

Direction du Tourisme et de l'Hôtellerie Inconveniently located out of the city centre, behind Pharmacie de l'Étoile Rouge; of limited use.



Telecom (OPT) Building You can make overseas telephone calls and send faxes.