Currency

West African franc (CFA)

Daily Costs

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

Midrange: CFA40,000–100,000

  • 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

Bargaining

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).

Money

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.

Changing Money

Banks and exchange bureaux tend to offer similar rates.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1CFA452
CanadaC$CFA440
Euro zone€1CFA656
The Gambia (dalasi)D10CFA133
Guinea (Guinean franc)GF1000CFA66
Japan¥100CFA538
New ZealandNZ$1CFA415
UK£1CFA774
USUS$1CFA600

Tipping

  • 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).