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Money and costs

Currency
Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 22, 2016 12:38PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Sachet of drinking water $0.10
  • Bed in convent guesthouse $20.00
  • Bowl of palm butter and rice $2.00
  • Monrovia–Robertsport by bush taxi $3.50
Midrange
  • Bottled cola in air-conditioned bar $2.00
  • Simple hotel room with fan and wi-fi $65.00
  • Lunch at Lebanese cafe $6.00
  • Short hop in private Monrovia taxi $5.00
Top end (more than)
  • Cocktail in upmarket hotel bar $6.00
  • Centrally-located hotel room with air con and wi-fi $200.00
  • Sushi dinner for two with wine $70.00
  • 4x4 hire per day up-country $120.00 plus petrol

Liberia has two units of currency; the Liberty dollar (L$, or LD) and the US dollar, which is accepted in most places. There are between 60 and 73 Liberty dollars to one US dollar. For small purchases such as newspapers, shared taxi rides and cheap meals, Liberians use L$. For anything else, it's US dollars.

If you have a Visa (not MasterCard) card, Ecobank's ATMs are reasonably reliable in Monrovia. Elsewhere, carry cash. Western Union and Moneygram operate in most towns.