Currency

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

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

Money

The currency in Benin is the West African CFA franc. The best foreign currency to carry is euros, which are easily exchanged at banks, hotels or bureaux de change.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1CFA452
CanadaC$1CFA440
Europe€1CFA656
Japan¥100CFA538
New ZealandNZ$1CFA415
United Kingdom£1CFA774
United StatesUS$CFA600

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Tipping is generally not necessary except at upmarket restaurants, where around 10% extra should be given for good service.