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Cheap Flights to Cotonou

Popular in August High demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Cheapest in November Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average price £739 Average for round-trip flights in July 2020
Round-trip from £607 From London to Cotonou
One-way from £603 One-way flight from London to Cotonou
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Are there currently restrictions on travel to Cotonou related to COVID-19?

Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Cotonou along with the rest of Benin. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Benin has closed its land borders and suspended all commercial flights. All travelers entering Benin must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.. If you are looking to book a trip to Cotonou and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.

Cheapest prices for Cotonou flights by month

January
£604
February
£415
March
£428
April
£423
May
£446
June
£391
July
£549
August
£787
September
£390
October
£386
November
£380
December
£377
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Cotonou is December. The most expensive month for flights is August. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Cotonou?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LON - COO
Price
£376 - £921
COO
Temperature
28 - 32 °C
COO
Rainfall
17 - 278 mm
Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, December is seen as the time to fly to Cotonou, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. February sees the temperatures in Cotonou peak to their warmest. June tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

When is the best time to book a flight to Cotonou?

Booking 14 days in advance of your planned departure date is, on average, the best time to get cheap flights to Cotonou. The general trend is that the closer you book to the departure date, the more expensive your flight will be.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Cotonou?

The cheapest flights to Cotonou are usually found when departing on a Saturday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Thursday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Cotonou?

Flights in the morning are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Cotonou. Flights in the evening are usually the most expensive.

When is the best time to visit Cotonou?

Benin is a tropical destination, so it has a distinct rainy and dry season. Generally, visitors will want to book their trip during the dry season, which stretches from November through to February. The humidity will be lower and temperatures will be hot, making this time of year ideal for beach holidays. Try to avoid the very hottest times of year, generally between February and April.

Why visit Cotonou?

Possessing some fascinating sights, located near great and unspoilt beaches, and offering the opportunity to see the stunning wildlife of the region, Cotonou is west Africa’s pearl.

The capital of Benin is a lively seaport which is also the very centre of the country’s economic life. This means that you will always be able to find essentials, but also that the city has some exceptional markets where souvenirs and local foods are on offer.

There are also plenty of attractions within the city. Head to Cotonou Cathedral, one of French West Africa’s most beautiful religious buildings. Head to the Haie Vive district, with its bustling collection of restaurants serving food from around the world (and its vibrant bars supplying all of the nightlife you could need). Or learn about the best of contemporary West African art at institutions like the Fondation Zisou.

Another advantage of Cotonou is that the sea is on its doorstep, and the coast near the city has some gorgeous beaches. Visit the newly renamed Obama Beach, which is patrolled by security guards and is completely tourist friendly. Or venture further afield to resorts like the sublime Casa del Papa.

Benin is also small enough to make exploring the interior easy from a hotel in Cotonou. Join adventure tours into the jungle or historical tours to see the relics of the once-dominant Dahomey Culture. See villages raised on stilts at Lake Nokoue or learn about the Voodoo culture at the city of Ouidah.

Wildlife fans will also be in heaven. Take a trip to the Pendjari National Park in the north of Benin to see lions, water buffalo and elephants in their natural habitat, or trek through the magnificent Atakora Mountains with expert guides.

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Getting around Cotonou

Cotonou does not have a bus network, and locals get around this by using taxis extensively. Many also use “motos”, a kind of communal taxi service using scooters or motorbikes – which are far cheaper than cars (but possibly a little less reliable). Always negotiate a fare before travelling, as there are no taxi meters.

Getting from the Aiport to Cotonou

Cotonou is served by Cadjehoun Airport (COO), which is not far from the city centre and reaching your hotel should be simple. Most major hotels will offer shuttle buses to meet every flight, so check that your accommodation provides this. Otherwise, there will always be a scrum of taxi drivers waiting to assist, but be sure to negotiate a price before leaving.

 

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