Benin

Capital Porto-Novo

Population 10,653,654

Area 112,622 km2

Key facts

Benin is a country located in Western Africa. There are 4 countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Togo) that Benin shares its borders with. The official language of Benin is French.

The national currency in Benin is West African CFA franc (XOF). The franc is subdivided into 100 centime.

Beninese
Banknotes

50010002000500010000

Beninese
Coins

1251025100500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest No data available.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Benin.4.26 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Benin, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Benin. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Benin will celebrate 14 national public holidays. The next one Independence Day will take place on August 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024Moving holiday New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
January 10, 2024Moving holiday Traditional DayTraditional Day
March 31, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayEaster Sunday
April 1, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 1, 2024Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day
May 9, 2024Moving holiday Ascension DayAscension Day
May 20, 2024Moving holiday Whit MondayWhit Monday
August 1, 2024Moving holiday Independence DayIndependence Day
August 15, 2024Moving holiday Assumption DayAssumption Day
October 26, 2024Moving holiday Armed Forces DayArmed Forces Day
November 1, 2024Moving holiday All Saints’ DayAll Saints’ Day
November 30, 2024Moving holiday National DayNational Day
December 25, 2024Moving holiday Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2024Moving holiday St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Benin?

There are no Mariott hotels in Benin.

There are no Hilton hotels in Benin.

There are no IHG hotels in Benin.

There are no Best Western hotels in Benin.

There are no Radisson hotels in Benin.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Benin.

What fast food chains are present in Benin?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Benin.

The KFC chain does not operate in Benin.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Benin.

The Subway chain does not operate in Benin.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Benin.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Benin.

Weather

What is the weather like in Porto-Novo?

Today the sun in Porto-Novo, rises at 6:35 AM and sets at 7:05 PM. The climate of Porto-Novo may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJun 18Rain showersLow: 26.2°C (79.16°F)High: 30.1°C (86.18°F)
WednesdayJun 19Rain showersLow: 26.2°C (79.16°F)High: 29.6°C (85.28°F)
ThursdayJun 20ThunderstormLow: 25.7°C (78.26°F)High: 28.4°C (83.12°F)
FridayJun 21ThunderstormLow: 25.7°C (78.26°F)High: 27.4°C (81.32°F)
SaturdayJun 22OvercastLow: 24.9°C (76.82°F)High: 30°C (86°F)
SundayJun 23OvercastLow: 25.9°C (78.62°F)High: 29.8°C (85.64°F)

Weather data for Porto-Novo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Benin.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Benin.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.5, Benin is placed 48th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Benin traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 26.80 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Benin

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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