Money and Costs
Budget: Less than CFA14,000
- Hotel room: CFA10,000
- Riz sauce (rice with sauce) in a maquis (rustic restaurant): CFA1000
- Bottle of Brakina beer: CFA650
- Shared taxi ride: CFA300
- Hotel room: CFA15,000
- Pizza: CFA4000
- Drink in a bar: CFA1500
- Moped rental, per day: CFA5000
Top end: More than CFA40,000
- Hotel room: CFA30,000
- Two-course meal: CFA9000
- Glass of wine: CFA3000
- 4WD with driver, per day: CFA60,000
Everyone bargains for goods in Burkina Faso, and you'll be expected to, especially at local markets. It's best if you have a starting price in mind, and work up from that – the seller will always start with a higher price than he or she expects to get, and eventually you'll meet somewhere in between.
ATMs are widespread in cities. Credit cards are not generally accepted. If bringing foreign currency, euros are your best bet for easy exchange.
There are numerous Visa ATMs in every city; the only bank to accept MasterCard is Banque Atlantique (in Ouaga, Bobo and Banfora only).
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Burkina Faso uses the West African franc (CFA). The bank notes come in 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000; coins are split into 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500 francs.
The best foreign currency to carry is euros, which are easily exchanged at any bank, hotel or bureau de change.
Payments by credit card are rarely accepted and are subject to a 5% surcharge.
There are no strict rules about tipping in Burkina Faso. Tipping in a maquis (rustic restaurant), or if you've bargained a taxi fare, is not done. More upmarket restaurants are accustomed to receiving tips, though it remains very much at your discretion.
Travellers cheques cannot be exchanged in Burkina.
West African franc (CFA)