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Money and costs

Currency
Dinars (DZD)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 21, 2015 2:14PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hotel room $45
  • Kebab $5
  • Mint tea $1
  • Algiers metro ticket $0.6
Midrange
  • Hotel room $100
  • Two-course dinner $20
  • Beer in bar $3
  • Short taxi ride $5
Top end (more than)
  • Hotel room $300
  • Two-course dinner $50
  • Glass of wine $7
  • Driver and car $70

Credit cards can be used only in big hotels and at car-hire companies. You'll need dinars for day-to-day expenses, although tourist-oriented businesses (hotels, airlines, tour companies etc) will often accept euros.

The black-market exchange rate is significantly better than that you'll get at banks. Ask locals where you can change money (it's considered routine, if not strictly legal). You can only change dinars back to euros or dollars unofficially.

Some Algerians, especially in rural areas, might give prices in centimes rather than dinars (there are 100 centimes in a dinar). To confuse matters further, they might also drop the thousands, so a quote of '130' means 130,000 centimes (ie DA1300).