West African franc (CFA)

French, Hausa, Djerma, Fulfulde, Tamashek

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to much of Niger, and against all but essential travel to the remainder of the country. Click here for more information.


Bank in Niamey

Eco Bank

There's a painful commission for changing a US travellers cheques, but changing cash is free. There's also a branch in Hôtel Gaweye (Ave Mitterrand) which offers credit card advances (2% commission).

Exchange in Niamey


The best option for painlessly changing travellers cheques (1.6% commission), euros, US dollars and pounds sterling. Visa cash advances available at a cost. Western Union transfers are also available.

Cultural Centre in Niamey

Centre Culturel Franco-Nigérien

Besides the library there's a busy schedule of lectures, exhibits, dance and theatre. It also screens excellent films on various days at 20:30, and offers Internet access.

Telephone in Niamey

Grande Poste

Home to Niamey's poste restante sevice and there's a handy and free 'fax restante' service.

Tourist Information in Niamey


Besides dusty brochures, you'll get little help here.