Benin Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
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Driving In Benin
Main Roads are in a surprisingly ‘not too bad’ condition with some exceptions such as Contonou to Bohicon and Parakou to Kandi, though apparently these roads are due to be resurfaced. When you leave the main roads, conditions become more difficult, particularly in the rainy season of March-July and September-November when some of the smaller unpaved roads become impassable. The main road running parallel to the coast is in pretty good condition though with the occasional pot hole.
Driving standards in Benin are generally poor.You should also avoid driving out of the main towns at night as roads are poorly lit. Take care after dark within cities, avoiding small roads and areas where other traffic is light. Traffic is generally light away from Contonou, which limits the need /opportunity for drivers to demonstrate their dubious over taking skills! Expect plenty of army/police road blocks which may involve a vehicle search. Beninese traffic calming measures may be ill defined speed bumps or two metal barriers at staggered intervals on either side of the road, which taxi drivers like to speed through to demonstrate their slalom skills- approach with caution to avoid a game of chicken!
Benin Car Rental-
Europcar ,National,Avis, have outlets here.Benin also features on Car Rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.
This local company seem to be able to arrange car rental. Unfortunately their website is only in French – www.aatvoyages.com/index.php
Benin Self Driving Rules–
Europcar seem to allow the vehicle to be taken over international borders but no international one way rentals are allowed. Europcar will only rent to people who have held a full licence for 4 years.