Currency

West African franc (CFA)

Daily Costs

Budget: less than CFA20,000

  • Basic hotel room: from CFA15,000
  • Plate of poisson braisé (grilled fish): from CFA2000
  • Coffee from street vendor: CFA200
  • Shared taxi in Abidjan: CFA300

Midrange: CFA45,000–55,000

  • Hotel room with air-con: from CFA30,000
  • Main dishes: CFA4000–8000
  • Glass of wine: CFA3000
  • Private taxi hire (per hour): CFA3500

Top End: more than CFA70,000

  • Hotel room with mod cons: from CFA60,000
  • Main dishes: from CFA8000
  • Cocktail in nightclub: CFA5500
  • 4x4 rental per day: CFA65,000 (plus petrol)

Bargaining

You'll be expected to bargain at local markets. It's best if you have a starting price in mind, and work up from that – the seller will always start with a higher price than he/she expects to get, and you'll meet somewhere in the middle.

Money

ATMs are available in the bigger cities, but take cash if you're going anywhere more remote. Credit cards are accepted in top-end establishments.

ATMs

Visa ATMs are widespread in Abidjan, Grand Bassam, Yamoussoukro and major towns. Most SGBCI branches have ATMs that accept Visa, MasterCard and sometimes Maestro. There are no banks in Assinie but there is a branch of SGBCI (with an ATM) in Grand Bassam.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1CFA452
CanadaC$1CFA440
Europe€1CFA656
Japan¥100CFA538
NZNZ$1CFA415
UKUK£1CFA774
USUS$1CFA600

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

Tipping

  • Guesthouses You can tip around CFA500 if the service was very good.
  • Hotels Tipping the cleaning staff is at your discretion, but if you're very happy with the job they did, anything up to CFA1500 is reasonable.
  • Tours Beyond the guided tour price, if your guide has been excellent, tip them from CFA500 to CFA1000.
  • Taxi Since you'll mostly have to bargain down the price, tipping is not expected.