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Getting Around Ivory Coast

Air

Air Côte d'Ivoire (www.aircotedivoire.com) operates domestic flights in Ivory Coast.

Departure tax

XOF800.

Road

Side of the road

Right

Road Quality

Road conditions are poor, but improving, especially in the capital, where new roads and bridges have been constructed. Drivers should be aware of potholes, poorly lit vehicles and bad driving. Many roads become impassable during the rainy season (May to November). Petrol stations are frequent except in the north.

Car Hire

You can hire cars in Abidjan, main towns and at the airport.

Taxi

These are available in main cities, although are often of unsound mechanical condition.

Documentation

Insurance is compulsory for the driver. The driver requires a national driving licence, accompanied by attestation from the embassy of the issuing country that it is genuine.

Urban travel

Extensive bus and boat services are operated in Abidjan by SOTRA (www.sotra.ci). Taxis are usually red and metered; rates are doubled from 0000-0600.

Rail

The Abidjan-Ouagadougou railway is one of the most efficient in Africa and runs trains daily from Abidjan to Bouaké and Ferkessédougou.