West African Franc (CFA)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than CFA22,000

  • Hotel room: CFA15,000
  • Rice, fish and spicy okra sauce: CFA2000
  • Imported Cristal beer: CFA600
  • Shared taxi ride in Bissau: CFA350

Midrange: CFA46,000–80,000

  • Hotel room: CFA35,000
  • Bowl of grilled oysters for two: CFA7000
  • Gin and tonic in a bar: CFA2500
  • Private taxi ride in Bissau: CFA1000

Top End: More than CFA80,000

  • Hotel room: CFA76,000
  • Steak in upmarket restaurant: CFA7000
  • Glass of wine: CFA3000
  • 4WD with driver, per day outside Bissau: CFA70,000


Haggling for goods in markets, crafts shops and goods sold by street vendors is expected. It's done good-naturedly and not aggressively. You can also bargain for accommodation rates on longer-term stays and prices quoted to you by guides and drivers.


A few banks have ATMs that accept international Visa and MasterCard, including one immediately outside the airport terminal; several upmarket hotels also have ATMs.

Changing Money

Banque Atlantique ATM.

BAO Changes money.

Casa Cambio Nacional Changes money at good rates.

Ecobank Changes dollars and euros; ATM.