Liberty dollar (L$ or LD) and US dollar (US$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$140

  • 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

Midrange: US$140–250

  • 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 US$250

  • 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


Bargaining is common, especially at markets – haggle hard, but realise that Liberia is one of the world's poorest nations. Foreigners will always pay more than locals.