Togo Travel Overview

Togo Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Lomé

Official language: French

Currency: CFA franc

Continent: West Africa

Wrestling & Voodoo

Togo was once a German colony and qualified for the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.


According to Countryaah, Togo is a state in West Africa that has access to the Atlantic with the Gulf of Guinea. The country’s neighboring states are: Ghana in the west, Benin in the east and Burkina Faso in the north. Togo is a small state by African standards.

Travel Togo

Togo is often “overlooked” on the map, but above all it has a lot to offer culturally. For example, there are many voodoo followers in the country and the shrines can also be visited by tourists. A special highlight in Togo is the wrestling ! The mass sport of football, wrestling is the national sport in Togo. If you are in the capital Lomé, you simply go to an arena.

Important facts

Capital: Lomé

Official language: French


Currency (sub-unit)

CFA franc (100 centimes)

ISO 4217 code

XOF / 952


Continent: Africa

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 8 ° 37 ‘10.4 ” E 0 ° 49’ 29.2″

Highest mountain: Mont Agou (986 m)

Total area: 56,785 km²

Mainland: 54,385 km²

National border: 1,647 km

Coastline: 56 km


Dependency: France until 1960 (UN mandate)

UN member since: 1960

Other political affiliation: African Union

Form of government: Presidential Republic


Togo GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Phosphorus, cocoa, coffee

BSP: $ 2,162,000,000

GDP: $ 2,327,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 9,168,000,000

Economic growth: 0.4%

Inflation rate: 9%

State budget revenue: $ 281,800,000

State budget expenditure: $ 308,900,000

Export: $ 849,000,000

Import: $ 1,303,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 2,300,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 334,000,000

Electricity consumption: 736 million KWh

Oil consumption: 10,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 46.24%

Bovine: 280,000 pieces

Pigs: 270,000 pieces

Sheep: 1,790,000 pieces

Fishing: 23,700 t

Demographic data

Residents: 5,548,700

Residents in cities: 1,973,900

Average age: 18.3 years

0-14 years: 42.3%

15-64 years: 55.1%

> 65 years: 2.6%

Population growth: 2.72%

Birth rate: 37.01 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 9.83 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.96

Fertility: 4.96 children / woman

Infant mortality: 60.63 ‰

Life expectancy men: 55.41 years

Life expectancy women: 59.49 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: TG

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: TGO

ISO 3166 numeric: 768

Top Level Domain: daily

IOC country code: TOG


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 82,000

Cell Phones: 470,000

Radios: 2,210,000

TV: 1,160,000

Computer: 270,000

Internet users: 650,000


Railway lines: 568 km

Paved roads: 2,744 km

Cars: 119,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 2


Number of doctors: 640

Daily food intake: 2,320 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 120,000


Illiteracy: 38%


Foundation: 1960

Last sovereign since: 1960


Main religious group: Natural religions


Prison inmates: 3,400


Armed forces (troop strength): 10,000

Defense Spending: $ 30,000,000


Arriving by plane

Air France (AF) offers the cheapest connections from Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Paris.

Brussels Airlines (SN) offers direct connections from Brussels to Lomé.

Frequent flight connections from Togo to most African destinations.

Flight times

Paris – Lomé: 6 hours 20 minutes; Frankfurt – Lomé: 10 hours; Zurich – Lomé: 10-11 hours

Departure fee


Arrival by car

Roads lead from Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso to Togo. The road conditions are bad. The border with Ghana is occasionally closed.

Car drivers need an international driver’s license and an international vehicle registration certificate. Insurance should be taken out upon arrival in Togo.

Minibuses go to Benin and Ghana.

It is important to note that the borders between Togo and neighboring countries are closed from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Arrival by ship

Ferries from Benin and Ghana call at Lomé and the coastal ports.


On the way by car / bus

Most of the towns are connected by roads. Main roads are also passable in the rainy season. However, they do have some potholes, so it is advisable to only make long journeys during the day.

Bus / Taxi:
The local bus and taxi companies are relatively good and inexpensive. There are minibuses, taxis and shared taxis in Lomé. The price should definitely be agreed in advance.

Rental cars
are available in Lomé, in other cities the prices are astronomical.

international driver’s license.

On the go by train

There are currently no passenger trains in Togo.

On the way by ship

Lomé has the largest and only deep sea port on the West African coast. Ferries connect the coastal ports. Information from the local port authorities.