Niger Travel Overview

Niger Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Niamey

Official language: French

Currency: CFA franc

Continent: West Africa

Cultural trip Niger

Niger brings together many cultures and nations


According to Countryaah, Niger is a state in West Africa that borders Algeria, Libya, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Nigeria and Benin.

Travel Niger

Culturally interesting, for example, is the Gerewol festival, in which the most beautiful men vie for the favor of women. Niger also has natural beauties to offer, such as Air and Tenere Park, which are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Important facts

Capital: Niamey

Official language: French


Currency (sub-unit)

CFA franc (100 centimes)

ISO 4217 code

XOF / 952


Continent: Africa

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 17 ° 36 ’28 ” E 8 ° 4′ 54″

Highest mountain: Mont Graboun (1,944 m)

Total area: 1,267,000 km²

Mainland: 1,266,700 km²

National border: 5,697 km


Dependency: France until 1958

UN member since: 1960

Other political affiliation: African Union

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Niger GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Peanuts, cattle, cotton

BSP: $ 3,696,500,000

GDP: $ 3,883,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 12.46 billion

Economic growth: 3.4%

Inflation rate: -0.4%

Electricity consumption: 360 million KWh

Oil consumption: 7,500 million m³

Cultivation area: 12.17%

Bovine: 2,394,000 pieces

Sheep: 4,610,000 pieces

Demographic data

Residents: 12,525,100

Residents in cities: 1,909,300

Average age: 16.5 years

0-14 years: 46.9%

15-64 years: 50.7%

> 65 years: 2.4%

Population growth: 2.92%

Birth rate: 50.73 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 20.91 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -0.61 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.05

Fertility: 7.46 children / woman

Infant mortality: 118.25 ‰

Life expectancy men: 43.8 years

Life expectancy women: 43.73 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: NE

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: NER

ISO 3166 numeric: 562

Top Level Domain: no

IOC country code: NIG


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 24,000

Cell Phones: 63,000

Radios: 1,970,000

TV: 970,000

Computer: 200,000

Internet users: 370,000


Paved roads: 1,142 km

Cars: 53,000


Number of doctors: 510

Daily food intake: 2.150 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 86,000


Illiteracy: 80%


Foundation: 1958

Last sovereign since: 1958


Main religious group: Muslims


Prison inmates: 7,900


Armed forces (troop strength): 5,000

Defense Spending: $ 49.6 million


Arriving by plane

Most international flights are operated by Air France (AF). Afriqiyah Airways (8U) (Internet: flies from London, Brussels, Geneva and Paris via Tripoli to Niamey. Other airlines that fly to Niger are Air Algérie (AH) and Royal Air Maroc (AT).

Flight times

No direct flights. The best way to fly is via Paris; Paris – Niamey: 5 hours 20 minutes

Departure fee


Arrival by car

One of the main connecting roads leads from Kano (Nigeria) to Zinder, there are also trunk roads to Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali. The most important Transsahara desert road leads from Algiers to Asamakka and Arlit, with an asphalt road to Agadez. Driving in the desert can be difficult as road markings are not always visible and gasoline is scarce.

Bus connections from Burkina Faso, Benin and Mali.

Arrival by ship

From mid-December to March, the water level of the Niger River is high enough for river navigation between Nigeria and Niamey.



Visitors must report to the police in every city they stay in.



Visitors must report to the police in every city they stay in.

Traveling by plane

Charter flights are organized by private airlines.

On the way by car / bus

There are over 10,000 km of all-weather roads, 800 km of which are paved. The main roads in the country lead from Niamey to Zinder, Tahoua, Arlit and Gaya. Many side streets are not passable during the rainy season. The best time to travel overland is from December to March. Petrol stations are rare and repairs are extremely expensive. You may only travel on the route that was noted by the police in your passport at the point of departure.

There are relatively good bus connections between the larger towns. From Niamey there are buses to Zinder, Agadez, N’guemi and Tera. In other parts of the country, passengers are usually driven in trucks; if you want to sit in the driver’s cab, you have to pay a surcharge. Bush taxis operate across the country.

Rental car 
you can rent with or without a driver, outside the capital only with a driver.

Most parts of the country require a four-wheel drive vehicle, guide and full equipment.

International driving license, Carnet de Passage and two passport photos. Minimum age: 23 years.

On the go by train

There are currently no trains in Niger.