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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hotel room: US$30–60
  • Budget two-course dinner: US$20
  • Beer: US$3
  • Taxi ride in Kinshasa: US$1
  • Midrange hotel room: US$60–150
  • Two-course dinner: US$20–30
  • Flight Kinshasa–Goma: US$300
  • Museum entry: US$10
Top end (more than)
  • Top end hotel room: from US$150
  • Two-course dinner at a smart restaurant: US$25–50
  • Gorilla trekking permit: US$400
  • 4WD rental with driver: US$200–300

US dollars are accepted everywhere and moneychangers are omnipresent in DRC's cities. Somewhat reliable, internationally linked ATMs are common in the large cities.



Tipping is expected in smarter restaurants – around 5 to 7% is normal. Taxi drivers do not expect tips, though some will ask for one. It's a good idea to keep a stash of small bills (CDF500 is good) to tip with.