Abidjan's public transport system can be difficult to navigate, as there are a number of different taxis operating in the city. Orange taxi cabs operate throughout the city and are the most expensive but also generally the safest option; taxis of other colours operate only in specific areas, are usually shared, and tend to be much cheaper. Taxis are rarely metered and a fare should be negotiated before getting into the vehicle. Motorcycle taxis also operate in Abidjan, and although cheap, they are best avoided due to safety concerns.
Buses operate along fixed routes in Abidjan, but are often overcrowded and plagued by petty theft, especially at bus stations. Ferries travel across the lagoon. Car hire is available at the airport, although self-drive is not recommended, as roads can be chaotic and difficult to navigate. Often the best option for visitors is to hire a vehicle with a driver. Mobile App taxi services such as TaxiJet (similar to Uber) are also an option for travellers looking for convenience and safety.
Abidjan International Airport
The airport is located 14 miles (22km) southeast of the city centre.
Abidjan International Airport (ABJ)
LocationThe airport is located 14 miles (22km) southeast of the city centre.
Getting to the city
SOTRA Bus line 6 operates between the airport and central Abidjan. The journey takes about 25 minutes. Orange taxis that charge negotiable fares are available; passengers should negotiate with the driver before getting in the vehicle. Travellers should note that taxi fares often double after dark. Rental cars and mobile app taxi services are also available.
Car hire companies, including Hertz, are represented at the airport.
The safest taxis are the official orange taxis, although even these are often not metered. Numerous touts will try to offer travellers a deal but they are best avoided. Mobile app taxi services are also available.
Transfer between terminals
Travellers can easily walk between the adjacent Domestic and International Terminals.
There is a bank with a currency exchange service, an ATM, a VIP Lounge, a pharmacy, shops, a bar and a cafeteria. There is a tourist desk in the main arrivals hall.
There is one main parking area at Abidjan International Airport, with two parking lots available, located right outside the terminals.