Money and Costs
Budget: Less than US$100
- Dorm bed: US$18–28
- Minibus ride: US$1
- Mezze dishes US$1–5
- Museum admission: US$3–7
- Double room in three-star Beirut hotel: US$100–140
- Car hire: US$40
- Restaurant meal with wine: US$40–60 per person
Top end: More than US$300
- Double room in boutique hotel: US$170–300
- Car and driver hire: US$120–180
- High-end Beirut restaurant: US$60–100 per person
- Cocktails: US$7–12
Bargaining isn't as much a part of life in Lebanon as in other parts of the Middle East, but in traditional shopping districts, it's still standard practice.
ATMs are widely available, and credit cards accepted in most accommodation and higher-end restaurants. US dollars are accepted countrywide.
ATMs are reliable and available, and dispense cash in both Lebanese lira and US dollars. ATM fees vary very widely for withdrawing money with foreign cards, so try a few. At last research, SGBL and Banque Libano-Française worked best.
Lebanon’s currency is the Lebanese lira (LL), also known as the Lebanese pound (LBP). Banknotes are of the following denominations: 1000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 lira; there are also 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 lira coins.
US dollars are a second currency here and higher-end establishments rarely quote prices in anything else. You'll often get change in a mixture of the two currencies.
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For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Tipping is widespread in Lebanon.
- Hotel porters and parking valets Somewhere around LL4000, depending on the level of service, will be appreciated.
- Waiters Usually tipped around 10% to 15%, but check your bill before doing so: some places automatically add a 15% service charge.
Lebanese lira/pound (LL); US dollar (US$)