Ivory Coast Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving In Ivory Coast
Before planning on Driving abroad in Ivory Coast you should check the latest situation in the country on the website of your Government. Generally there are travel advisories in place covering most of the country’s border regions. Roads in Abidjan are improving but outside the city road conditions are generally poor, especially in the rainy season when many roads become unpassable. The Trans–West African Coastal Highway provides a paved link to Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, with paved highways to Mali and Burkina Faso feeding into the coastal highway. When construction of roads and bridges in Liberia and Sierra Leone is complete, the highway will link to another seven countries to the west and north-west
Aside from the usual issues of road conditions, roaming livestock and badly driven and sometimes unlit vehicles, a main consideration of driving in Ivory Coast is how to react at unofficial or official road blocks. Unofficial road blocks are often set up as part of a political demonstration in Abidjan and particularly close to universities. They can easily switch from boisterous behaviour to violence and should be avoided, even if this means performing a U-turn at a safe distance. However, don’t ever attempt to avoid an official police or army roadblock. Vehicles attempting to turn around to avoid a police road block have been fired upon so , if in doubt whether a roadblock is official or not, you’re probably best to assume it is!
Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.
Ivory Coast Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar, National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Alamo have branches here. (Note- some companies show Cote D’ivoire on their drop down list, some show Ivory Coast)
We currently have no local car rental partners in Ivory Coast. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on DriverAbroad.com please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on ADriverAbroad@Outlook.com.
Ivory Coast Self Driving Rules-
None of the big companies seem to allow cross border rentals. Renting a 4WD may be compulsory if you’ll be driving on dirt roads.