Transportation and Currency in Burkina Faso

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

The national airline is called Air Burkina (VH) (Internet: www.air-burkina.com).
Inexpensive direct flights only from Paris-Orly. From Europe, some national airlines also fly in cooperation with other airlines via Paris, Brussels and Tripoli (Libya).

Brussels Airlines (SN) offers direct connections from Brussels to Ougadougou.

Flight times

Frankfurt / Vienna / Zurich – Ougadougou: 11 hours (via Paris).

Departure fee

No.

Arrival by car

There are roads to Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo. The road conditions often leave a lot to be desired. The road to Ghana is being mended.

During the dry season there are regular bus connections from Bobo Dioulasso to Bamako (Mali) and from Ouagadougou to Niamey (Niger) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Bush taxis are also available on most routes.

Arriving by train

The only international railway line runs from Kaya via Ouagadougou to Bobo Dioulasso and on to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). The passenger train runs from Ouagadougou to Abidjan on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (travel time: 20-35 hours). The train only carries 1st and 2nd class seated cars, without air conditioning, no dining or sleeping cars. Sometimes freight wagons are also given to this train, which then increases the travel time. This train connection is not guaranteed during political unrest in Côte d’Ivoire.

An extension of this route to Niamey (Niger) is currently planned.

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

Air Burkina has flights from Bobo Dioulasso to Ouagadougou. Air taxis are also available.

On the way by car / bus

Some roads, of which only approx. 1400 km are asphalt, are impassable during the rainy season (June – October) or only passable with all-wheel drive. Trips should only be undertaken in daylight and on national roads.

Long-distance bus:
 According to youremailverifier, buses and minibuses are called “Cars” in Burkina Faso. In the dry season there is a regular bus service. We strongly recommend booking at least 48 hours in advance. The buses are numerous and inexpensive.

Taxi:
In larger towns there are shared taxis, fares are negotiated.

Rental carWith and without a driver you can rent in the hotels. Because rental cars are a relatively new trend in Burkina Faso, the cars are often in poor condition. You should try a rental car for a few days before signing a longer contract.

Documents:
If you present your own driver’s license, the authorities will issue a temporary driver’s license. International driver’s license and comprehensive insurance are recommended.

On the go by train

There are connections from Ouagadougou to Bobo Dioulasso. The trains have two price ranges. You have to expect overcrowded cars.

Currency in Burkina Faso

MONEY

Currency

1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc * = 100 Centimes. Currency abbreviation: CFA Fr, XOF (ISO code). Banknotes are in circulation to the value of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 CFA Fr. Coins are available in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA Fr.

Note: [*] The CFA Franc (XOF) is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) and used by the 8 members of the African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The CFA Franc (XAF) issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, State Bank of the Central African States) is not legal tender in Burkina Faso. The CFA Franc is pegged to the Euro.

Credit cards

The Visa card is accepted in major hotels and banks in the capital. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question. There are a few ATMs in the capital that can be used with Visa cards.
ATMs

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard

Attention: Travelers who pay abroad with their bank customer card and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

Bank opening times

  1. General Mon-Fri 7.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (deviations are possible).

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions on the import of foreign currencies and the local currency. There is an obligation to declare from a sum equivalent to 1,000,000 CFA. The export of local and foreign currency is permitted up to the amount declared. Outside the West African currency zone, the CFA are not exchanged.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport, in exchange offices, banks and larger hotels. It is cheapest to exchange euros or US dollars in the country.

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