The national currency in Benin is West African CFA franc (XOF). The franc is subdivided into 100 centime.
With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 655.96 XOF and 1 USD is worth 626.99 XOF.
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 The average fixed internet speed in Benin is 29.76 Mbps and mobile is 35.87 Mbs.The global average is 164.00 Mbps and 114.16 Mbps respectively.
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.
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.
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).
In the year 2023, Benin will celebrate 14 national public holidays. The next one Armed Forces Day will take place on October 26.
|January 1, 2023||New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day|
|January 10, 2023||Traditional DayTraditional Day|
|April 9, 2023Moving holiday||Easter SundayEaster Sunday|
|April 10, 2023Moving holiday||Easter MondayEaster Monday|
|May 1, 2023||Labour DayLabour Day|
|May 18, 2023Moving holiday||Ascension DayAscension Day|
|May 29, 2023Moving holiday||Whit MondayWhit Monday|
|August 1, 2023||Independence DayIndependence Day|
|August 15, 2023||Assumption DayAssumption Day|
|October 26, 2023||Armed Forces DayArmed Forces Day|
|November 1, 2023||All Saints’ DayAll Saints’ Day|
|November 30, 2023||National DayNational Day|
|December 25, 2023||Christmas DayChristmas Day|
|December 26, 2023||St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day|
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.
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.
What is the weather like in Porto-Novo?
Weather data for Porto-Novo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
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.
Emergency phones in Benin
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.