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Cheap flights from Benin

Benin, officially the Republic of Benin and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa that is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. This tropical, sub-Saharan nation has Porto-Novo for its capital, while its largest city is Cotonou – also the seat of government and the economic capital. Benin lies between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, extending from the Niger River in the north to the Atlantic Ocean in the south. 

 

Where to go

Benin’s terrain is interesting to explore, with four distinct areas: the sandy coastal plain, which is marshy and is populated with lakes and lagoons; the Guinean forest-savannah plateaus in southern Benin, divided by valleys along the Couffo, Zou, and Oueme Rivers; an area of flat lands with rocky hills extending around Nikki and Save; and the Atacora mountain range extending along the northwest border into Togo. Benin is also characterised by fields of mangroves and huge baobab trees. The Reserve du W du Niger and the Pendjari National Park in the north and northwest of the country are where tourists can see elephants, lions, antelopes, hippopotamuses, and monkeys. Pendjari National Park, along with Parks Arli and W in Burkina Faso and Niger, is one of the most important strongholds for the endangered West African lion; these three have the largest remaining population of lions in West Africa. 

A cultural trip in Benin is also a must; palatial ruins and temples of the Kingdom of Dahomey are scattered in the country, particularly in the capital, Porto-Novo. UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal palaces can also be found in the city of Abomey, while the city of Grand Popo is a known beach resort destination. 

 

Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou, Benin serves flights to short-haul destinations in Africa including Lome, Togo; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Accra, Ghana; Douala, Cameroon; Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bangui, Central African Republic; Niamey, Niger; Malabo,

Equatorial Guinea; Dakar, Senegal; Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, Congo; Nairobi, Kenya; Bamako, Mali; Nouakchott, Mauritania; Casablanca, Morocco; Libreville, Gabon; and Kinshasa, DR Congo. 

Lagos, the most populous city in Nigeria, is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa and the world. The city is known for its music and nightlife, particularly in Yaba and Surulele, which are populated with night clubs. Victoria Island is also a main nightlife attraction in Lagos. On Lagos Island, high-rise buildings can be found, as well the National Museum of Nigeria, the Central Mosque, the Glover Memorial Hall, Christ’s Church Chathedral, and the Oba Palace.

 

From Benin’s main international airport, travellers can also fly to long-haul destinations such as Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Istanbul, Turkey. Developed from a 10th-century fortress town by a descendant of Charlemagne, Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a site of historical importance. Structures in the city range from the medieval constructions to the postmodern buildings. Main attractions in Brussels include the Grand Place (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Royal palace, the Atomium, the Manneken Pis, the Cinquantenaire park, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and the European Quarter.

 

How to get out

Benin is served by Cadjehoun Ariport, located in Cotonou. The airport serves as a hub for Benin Golf Air and Westair Benin. Other airlines that operate here are Air Burkina, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Camair-Co, Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, Cronos Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Equatorial Congo Airlines, Kenya Airways, Mauritania Airlines International, Royal Air Maroc, Senegal Airlines, South African Airways, Trans Air Congo, and Turkish Airlines.

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