Money and Costs
Budget: Less than €100
- Bed in a gîte (lodge): €18
- Double room in a B&B: €45–75
- Takeaway meal: €5–8
- Dinner in midrange restaurant: €25
- Museum entry fees: €5–10
- Bus ticket: €2–10
- Double room in a midrange hotel, including breakfast: €80–150
- Lunch in midrange restaurants: €25
- Car hire per day: from €30
- Canyoning trip: from €55
Top End: More than €200
- Double room in a luxury hotel, including breakfast: €150–400
- Lunch in top-end restaurant: from €40
- Helicopter tour: from €100
ATMs in major towns; credit cards widely accepted except in chambres d'hôtes (B&Bs) and mountain lodges.
- ATMs are the easiest way to access funds while in Réunion, but banks charge foreign transaction fees plus a per-use ATM charge.
- Most banks and post offices have an ATM (known as a guichet automatique de banque or gabier).
- Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted.
- Check with your bank before you leave home to ensure that the card you plan to use to withdraw cash doesn't have a low daily or weekly limit.
- If you're heading off into the Cirques, it's wise to stock up with euros beforehand – Cilaos has two ATMs and Hell-Bourg has only one. Mafate doesn't have an ATM.
Credit cards will prove the cheapest and easiest way to pay for major purchases in Réunion. Visa (Carte Bleue) and Mastercard (Eurocard) are the cards most widely accepted by hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, adventure centres, petrol stations and stores. Credit cards are mandatory if you want to rent a car, as they'll be used as a form of caution (deposit). Smaller places, however, sometimes refuse cards for small amounts (typically under €15) and it's not common for chambres d'hôtes and gîtes d'étapes to take credit cards.
It's a good idea to check with your credit-card company before leaving home about charges on international transactions.
- All banks in Réunion have dropped their foreign-exchange facilities in favour of ATMs.
- The only bureau de change on the island is in St-Denis.
- As a general strategy, it's sensible to bring a fair supply of euros with you and to top up from the ATMs.
Tipping is not expected in Réunion.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
As in France, the unit of currency is the euro (€), which is divided into 100 cents. Euro coins come in denominations of 1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢ and €1 and €2. Banknotes are issued in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50 and €100.
Bargaining is not a part of life in Réunion; the price quoted is the price you are expected to pay. However, haggling over the price of goods (but not food) is OK in markets.