Budget Travel Ideas in Abidjan

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Abidjan is often endearingly referred to as the ‘’Paris of West Africa” for its stately sixties lifestyle and a classy cultural ambiance. The Abidjan Budget Travel guide offers visitors super budget ideas to make the most of their trip to this Ivory Coast charmer.

Moving Around

The smartest way to move around in Abidjan on a budget is to hire a orange taxi and fix on a price beforehand as the drivers are sometimes known to play truant and overcharge tourists. The best way to learn the normal rates is by checking with your hotel staff or the friendly locals. A trip from downtown Plateau should set you back by CFA 3000. For visitors on an extremely terse budget, there are the petite white vans that run through different localities and neighborhoods and cost no more than CFA 200-300. There are other large fixed route public transport buses that will take you through the town at dirt cheap prices, however they are the favorite pick pocketing zones and require visitors to be highly vigilant.


Abidjan is not exactly a storehouse of the most attractive tourist destinations, though the city zoo is a nice and cheap place to visit. The park is surprisingly well-maintained and at CFA 200 is a good value for money visit. Tourists can also visit Bassam, the most popular beach in town, which is a great place to just lie back and do nothing but soak in the natural glory of the sun-smacked sands and warm sea water.

Food and Accommodation

The best way to save money on meals is to eat at the sidewalks or road-side terraces of Abidjan that serve delicious Ivorian food. To avoid haggling after post meal overcharges, confirm the prices before meals are ordered and consumed. The cheapest food in the region is the staple rice, yam and cassava, with bread acting as an accompaniment. Seafood is also very cheap in the town and several lip-smacking variations are available at humble prices.

For budget accommodation, Hotel Banfoura located in Adjame next to the bus stand is a popular choice. The property offers neat rooms with a good city view at $ 10/ per night. The staff is also friendly and the service impeccable. Another smart budget pick is Hotel du Nord in Adjame again. Visitors should avoid hotels in Yamoussoukroas as they are notorious crime hubs, though there are a few good cheap options sprinkled around the area as well. 

Abidjan is an economy tourist’s haven and lets you discover the exotic glory of West Africa on a shoe string  budget.

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