Money and Costs
West African franc (CFA)
Budget: Less than CFA40,000
- Budget guesthouse room: CFA11,000
- Sandwich or shwarma (kebab): CFA2500
- Café Touba from a roadside vendor: CFA50
- Five-hour sept-place taxi ride: CFA5000
- Double room in a shoreline hotel: CFA50,000
- Two-course seafood lunch: CFA6000
- Bottle of Gazelle beer: CFA900
- Twenty-minute taxi ride across Dakar: CFA3000
Top End: More than CFA100,000
- High-end beach resort room: from CFA85,000
- Two-course dinner in a high-end dining room: CFA10,000
- Cocktail in a chic nightspot: CFA5000
- 4WD with driver for the day: CFA60,000
Like it or not, bargaining is part of the travel experience in Senegal. You'll have to haggle over prices at market places and agree on a taxi price before getting in. Transport prices on sept-place taxis and other long-distance vehicles are fixed, but you'll still have to bargain over the luggage surcharge – which can range from CFA1000 to over CFA3000, depending on the distance travelled and size of your bag(s).
Senegal uses the West African CFA (SAY-fuh) franc. All larger towns have banks with ATMs. US dollars and euros are the most easily exchanged currencies.
Banks and exchange bureaux tend to offer similar rates.
|The Gambia (dalasi)||D10||CFA133|
|Guinea (Guinean franc)||GF1000||CFA66|
- Tipping is not expected at budget eateries. At pricier restaurants, a 10% tip is customary, though this is sometimes included in the bill.
- It's uncommon to tip taxi drivers. If you hire a guide or a driver for the day, however, you should plan on tipping (assuming the service wasn't abysmal).