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Money and costs

Currency
Lari (GMD)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 25, 2016 10:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hotel room D800
  • Sandwich or shwarma (kebab) D150
  • Soft drink D80
  • Local bus ride D50
Midrange
  • Hotel room D1500
  • Two-course dinner D450
  • Bottle of beer D90
  • Short shared taxi ride D100
Top end (more than)
  • Hotel room D3000
  • Two-course dinner D700
  • Glass of wine D100
  • Private taxi ride D250

The local currency dalasi (D) fluctuates strongly. There aren't any official changing points at the border, just very persistent black-market changers. You'll be fine using CFA, though, until you get to the coast, where changing money is easier. Many hotels can recommend an informal changer, though the rates may be similar to those the banks propose. Many hotels will accept UK pounds sterling.

There are no ATMs upcountry, and you're best off changing all you need at the coast.