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Money and costs

Ethopia Birr (ETB)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Double room in a budget hotel: nfa150–375
  • Fast food meal: nfa40–75
  • Tea in a small cafe: nfa2–5
  • Local bus in Asmara: nfa2
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: nfa375–1125
  • Pizza or pasta: nfa100–120
  • Coffee at a historic cafe: nfa20
  • Taxi to a village near Asmara: nfa400
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a restored colonial-era hotel: from nfa1125
  • Eritrean curry with injera: nfa200–300
  • Drink at a dance club: nfa150–300
  • Daily car hire and driver: nfa3000 or more

There are no international ATMs in Eritrea and credit cards aren't much use. Bring all the cash (US dollars get the best rates) you expect to need.


Tipping up to 10% of the bill is appreciated but not always expected in restaurants, and sometimes this will be included as a service charge. In smaller cafes rounding up a few nakfa is appropriate.