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Travel to Benin

Flying to Benin

The main airline is Westair Benin (www.westairbenin.com). There are no direct flights from the UK or the USA to Benin. You can fly via Paris with Air France (www.airfrance.com) or via Casablanca with Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com).

Airport Guides

Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport

Code

COO

Location

The airport is 5km (3 miles) west of the city.

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Flight times

From London - 9 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); New York - 19 hours or more (including stopover).

Departure tax

None.

Travelling to Benin by Rail

The Cotonou-Parakou railway line is being upgraded, with plans to connect Benin with Niamey, Niger's capital.

Driving to Benin

Getting to Benin by boat

Main port: Porto Novo. Several shipping lines run regular cargo services from Marseille to Cotonou. Local shipping from Lagos arrives in Porto Novo.