Money and Costs
West African franc (CFA)
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
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
- 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.