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Money and costs

Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2019 4:48AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Sachet of drinking water: US$0.15
  • Bed in convent guesthouse: US$45
  • Bowl of palm butter and rice: US$3.50
  • Monrovia–Robertsport by bush taxi: US$4
  • Bottled cola in air-conditioned bar: US$2.50
  • Simple hotel room with fan and wi-fi: US$85
  • Lunch at Lebanese cafe: US$7
  • Short hop in private Monrovia taxi: US$6
Top end (more than)
  • Cocktail in upmarket hotel bar: US$7
  • Centrally located hotel room with air-con and wi-fi: US$200
  • Sushi dinner for two with wine: US$80
  • 4WD hire per day up-country: US$130 plus petrol

US currency is used for all transactions over a few dollars. The official currency, the Liberian dollar, only used for small items costing less than US$5.


Restaurants Add 10% for all meals except takeaway.

Taxis You don't need to tip taxi drivers, but if you hire a guide or a driver for the day, tip roughly 5%.