ATMs are widely available, and credit cards accepted in most accommodation and higher-end restaurants. US dollars are accepted countrywide.

ATMs

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.

Cash

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.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1LL1201
CanadaC$1LL1230
Euro zone€1LL1754
Israel & the Palestinian Territories1NISLL424
Japan¥100LL1354
New ZealandNS$1LL1112
UKUK£1LL1957
USAUS$1LL1508

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

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.