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Travel to Benin

Flying to Benin

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

Airport Guides

Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport




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


Flight times

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

Departure tax


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.

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