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Money and costs

Communauté Financière Africaine Francs (XOF)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 10, 2018 11:18AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hotel room: CFA15,000
  • Rice, fish and spicy okra sauce: CFA2000
  • Imported Cristal beer: CFA600
  • Shared taxi ride in Bissau: CFA350
  • 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)
  • Hotel room: CFA76,000
  • Steak in upmarket restaurant: CFA7000
  • Glass of wine: CFA3000
  • 4WD with driver, per day outside Bissau: CFA70,000

Bring a supply of euros (preferred over US dollars). Some ATMs accept international cards. Banks and hotels in the capital can organise changing money.


You'll often be asked for a cadeau (gift), whether you've been helped or not. It's up to you to decide whether it's appropriate in return for services rendered.

  • Hotels At top-end hotels, one gratuity for cleaning staff, completely at your discretion.

  • Restaurants None expected at basic places; upscale, with decent service, 10% to 15%.

  • Taxis Loose change appreciated.

  • Guide & Driver Always expected, around 10% or more if especially good and for multiday trips.