Sleeping in Airports

Cotonou Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cotonou Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

they mark all over your luggage with white chalk….they are just trying to look official I think!  – Peter K

COO Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport .

What to Expect

Cotonou Airport (code: COO) has a small terminal that serves domestic and international routes. Facilities are minimal and we are unable to confirm specific eateries or shops and power outlets seem to be in short supply. WiFi is available in the airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Cotonou Airport guide
(photo courtesy of kmoulus / 02Aug2013)

Where to Sleep

According to past review, there’s enough seating for everyone. or uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If attempting to sleep in the Cotonou Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Nobila Airport Hotel – Located just 200m from the airport. Airport offers day rates starting at 45000 xof for a standard room. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Cotonou – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Novotel Orisha Cotonou – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Cotonou Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Related Pages: Cotonou Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Cotonou Airport inside the lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ] At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Children’s Play Areas – Not available.

Food & Drinks – Yes

Information Desk – Not available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Cotonou airport is served by the following airlines: Asky • Air Burkina • Air Côte D’Ivoire • Air France • Arik Air • Brussels Airlines • Ceiba Intercontinental • Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • Mauritania Airlines International • Royal Air Maroc • RwandAir • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines.


Car Rentals

Several car rental agencies serve COO airport. Contact your rental agency of choice for rates and reservations.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. Taxis are not metered, so you must negotiate your fare before starting your journey. At the time of this update, the typical fare between the airport and city center is around 2500 to 5000 FCFA (Approx. 4,00€ – 7,50€), depending on the time of day.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.