Travelers interested in African history, art, music, and the African culture book flights to the Ivory Coast to find pleasure in a vacation in this beautiful area. From towering mountains to intimate villages, booking flights to the Ivory Coast will land travelers in a world of African mystique and wonder. The Ivory Coast is flanked by mountains in the northwest and vast plateaus throughout the rest of the country, but the country’s history is what brings tourists to the region. 

Many travelers booking flights to the Ivory Coast want to see its capital city, Yamoussoukro, which is rich in African arts and culture and boasts a full-sized replica of St Peter's Cathedral in Rome. Travelers booking Ivory Coast flights for a stay in Abidjan – the country’s largest city – will find it’s surprisingly modern. High-rise buildings grace the city and the St. Paul Cathedral serves as the city’s most famous landmark. 

Still, despite its attempts at becoming a more modern and independent country, the Ivory Coast is still under turmoil. The Ivory Coast is inhabited by Africa’s most passionate people, but many foreign nationals have left the country and the Ivory Coast remains a blacklisted destination by many nations. Those travelers booking flights to the Ivory Coast should obtain proper vaccinations prior to departure and pack all necessary identification and documentation prior to entering the country.

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Ivory Coast climate

Your flight to the Ivory Coast lands you in a coastal are with temperatures of 73-80 degrees. Seasons and geographic locations differ in precipitation greatly. The rainforest is as hot as 90 degrees, and usually wet and humid, while the desert area is obviously the hottest and driest of the rest of the country.

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Best Time to Fly to Ivory Coast

Peak Season: Due to intermittent rainy seasons, November to March are the best times to book flights to the Ivory Coast.

Off-peak Season: May to November are the least popular times that people book cheap flights to the Ivory Coast, but because it is less common, it’s also a great time to find deals.

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Getting around Ivory Coast

If you’re looking to book an Ivory Coast flight that will get you from one side to another, you’ll want to go from Abidjan to San Pedro. Once your Ivory Coast flight lands, however, transportation may be a bit difficult. Taxis, although widely available and marginally safer than buses, can be dangerous and misleading. Buses are advised against, because they are overcrowded and irregular. Trains in Burkinan Faso run every day, but are similar to buses in their irregularity and slow pace.

Traveling locally on foot is a safe way to go, but make sure that you avoid bridges during rush hour so that you are safe from any vehicular accidents.

The following chart gives approximate journey times (in hours and minutes) from


to other major cities and towns in Ivory Coast.

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Ivory Coast Travel Information

Manners: Respect is a virtue when visiting the Ivory Coast. Dress conservatively. Men and women should cover up, except at beaches. Also, it helps to know societal standards and expectations that differ from the west, such as the illegality of homosexuality and public displays of affection. Another way to respect the culture is to avoid taking pictures of government or military personnel.

Yamoussoukro: This cozy market town provides an opportunity for sight-seeing during your Ivory Coast travel. Golf courses and beautiful architecture are everywhere, as well as a replica of St. Paul’s Cathedral, called the Basilique De Notre Dame De La Paix.

Comoe National Park: A great experience for anyone who wants to add a little wildlife to their Ivory Coast travel, the Comoe National Park in the Northeast region is filled with plant diversity like shrub savannahs and rainforests. One of the largest protected areas in West Africa, it’s a surefire way to experience nature at its best.

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Ivory Coast airports

Abidjan (ABJ) (Felix Houphouet-Boigny) is 10 miles southeast of Abidjan.Yamoussoukro (ASK) (San Pedro) is also an international option.

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Passport and Visa Information

All visitors require a passport valid for at least six months after the intended departure date, documents for onward or return travel, and proof of arranged accommodation.

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Entry requirements

A passport valid for up to six months after departure is necessary, but a visa is not.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    Finding the Centre

    V. S. NaipaulThis book contains the essay “Crocodiles of the Yamoussoukro,” written by Naipaul after his visit to Cote d’Ivoire in the early 1980s. The book gives an admiring review of the official capital of the country.

    Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village

    Sarah ErdmanErdman lived for two years as a peace corp worker in a small village in Ivory Coast. This book documents the village life – as it moves from ancient superstitions to a more modern world, with the threat of Aids and the arrival of mobile phones.

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    Bernard DadiéThe most respected of writers from Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa, Dadie wrote the first play from the country in 1936 as well as some of the first novels. His books are more widely available in French, though English translations do exist. Easiest to find is An African in Paris.

    The Roots of the Military Political Crises in Cote d’Ivoire

    Francis AkindesA study of the causes for the uprising in past years and the increasing violence of the country. The book gives a clear background to the ongoing troubles. 

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