Landscape view of Benin

Benin πŸ‡§πŸ‡―

Porto Novo

Western Africa, Africa

Benin is part of Africa with capital at Porto Novo. Official language is French. Benin uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, Β°C). Time zone is UTC+01:00. Find travel information like languages spoken, calling, sim cards, ATM, cards used, currencies used etc.

πŸ’± Currencies Used

Benin uses the West African CFA franc (symbol: Fr), code XOF.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500 francs. Franc is subdivided into 100 centimes. Coins come in denominations of 500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 francs.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are rare in Benin. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM β€” your standard magnetic card will work fine.

πŸ“‘ Internet

Internet speed in Benin is on average 1.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Benin is very low. It's quite hard to find one.

πŸ“± Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 8,048.41 XOF, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: BBcom, Glo, MTN or Moov. Benin uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Benin upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

πŸ“ž Calling

To call Benin, dial +, then 229 (the country code for Benin), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Benin, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 22 .

πŸ”Œ Sockets

Benin uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

πŸ›£οΈ Road rules

In Benin you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways, 90 km/h (55 mph) on motorways and 90 km/h (55 mph) on expressways.

πŸ†˜ Emergency

Police

117

Ambulance

+229 21 30 17 69, +229 21 30 06 56

Fire department

118

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Last updated: April 19, 2019