Budget for Travel in Cote d’Ivoire

My budget in Cote d’Ivoire was incredibly reasonable.  Of course, I saved money a number of ways.  Firstly, I went couchsurfing in Abidjan.  Secondly, my time in Man was cheap because the tourists still haven’t come back after the war and the prices at hotels were easy to bargain down.  I can’t imagine you could spend my less than I did unless you couchsurf.  Accommodation in Abidjan is a bit expensive.  That being said, there’s no reason why you couldn’t spend 2-3 weeks in Cote d’Ivoire while only spending $45-50 a day.  In fact, your budget for Cote d’Ivoire could definitely be around $35-40 a day even if you stay at hotels, if you are wise with your spending.

Cote d'Ivoire

  • Food: $12/Day; My food was cheap because for a couple days I couchsurfed and hardly paid anything for grub.  On the beach in Grand Bassam, I paid about $20 a day for my food.  In Man, I spent about $15 a day on food.
  • Accommodation: $15/Day; Again, my couchsurfing reduced this price a bit, but I found decent value in most places I went.  My hotel in Man was a bargain at $20 a day.  I paid $22 a day on the beach in Grand Bassam.
  • Transport: $3/Day; My transport costs included a couple bus rides ($1 an hour), a couple short taxi rides, 2 water taxis in Abidjan, and a couple long-distance shared taxi rides (about $2 an hour)
  • Activities: $5/Day; I saw the stilt dancers, went on a guided hike, visited the basilica in Yamoussoukro, and a museum in Bassam.  Couldn’t have done much more than I did in terms of activities.
  • Misc: $2/Day; I needed to buy a new computer charger, I also bought some clothes.
  • Total: $37/Day; I obviously spent less that I could have due to couchsurfing and the fact that I didn’t need to get a visa while in Cote d’Ivoire. I could probably have gone as low as $35 a day.  Flashpackers will want about $55 a day, maybe more if staying at a good hotel in Abidjan.

Money Logistics

  • Local currency: In Cote d’Ivoire they use CFA which is locked into the Euro at 656 francs per Euro.  You can change Euros really easily basically anywhere in the country.
  • Banks and ATMs: There are bank machines in the major cities.  Most of the ATMs are visa only, but you can also find a couple that have maestro.  Some of the banks will do visa advances for you and the commission they’ll charge isn’t all too bad.  However, they’ll generally just point you to the ATM if you ask.
  • Traveller’s Cheques: It’s possible to change traveller’s cheques in Abidjan, but I wouldn’t bother.  The commission rates are beyond silly and the availability of ATMs in the country make it pointless.

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