Currency

Saudi riyal (SR)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than SR450

  • Double room in a budget hotel: SR250–350
  • Falafel wrap: SR3
  • Bus or short taxi ride: SR2–20

Midrange: SR450–1000

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: SR400–600
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: SR50–100
  • Admission to museums: SR25–50
  • Taxi trip: SR20–50

Top end: More than SR1000

  • Double room in a high-end hotel: SR1000–1500
  • Lunch and dinner in decent restaurants: SR250–400
  • Scuba-diving day trip: SR400–600
  • Daily car hire: SR180–250

Bargaining

Bargaining is expected in most souqs and casual shopping areas, where prices quoted are often double what a local might pay. It is therefore a good strategy to offer half of what is being asked, and use this as your starting position in any bargaining battles. In the modern malls, prices tend to be fixed, although asking for a discount is not out of the question.

Money