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

ATM-equipped banks are never too far away in Dakar. Main branches are at Pl de l'Indépendance.

BICIS

CBAO

SGBS

SGBS