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 undesirables: don't walk alone at night and watch your bag at traffic lights if you're on a zem.

Police Stations

Entry & Exit Formalities

Visas

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.

Maps

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

Money

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.

Post

Telephone

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