Currency

Central African franc (CFA)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$100

  • Hotel room: US$30–60
  • Two-course dinner: US$10
  • Beer: US$2
  • Six-hour bus ride: US$15

Midrange: US$100–200

  • Hotel room: US$50–100
  • Two-course dinner: US$15–20
  • Short taxi ride: US$5
  • One-hour flight: US$100

Top End: More than US$200

  • Hotel room: from US$100
  • Two-course dinner: US$25–50
  • Gorilla trekking permit: US$400
  • 4WD rental: US$200–300

Bargaining

Bargaining is perfectly acceptable with Congolese taxi drivers and at the market, but it is not usually expected in shops. Hotels may also negotiate on lower room prices, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Money

Brazzaville has plentiful ATMs where international credit and debit cards can be used, as well as plenty of places to change money.

ATMs

Most ATMs have security guards, making them perfectly safe to use.

BGFI Bank Has an ATM.

Crédit du Congo Has an ATM that accepts international Visa cards.

Ecobank Has an ATM and changes foreign currencies.