Seychelles rupee (Rs)
Budget: Less than €150
- Double room in a guesthouse: €60–90
- Takeaway meal or self-catering lunch: €5
- Dinner in midrange restaurant: €20
- Bus ticket on Mahé or Praslin: €0.50
- Double room in a midrange hotel: €150–250
- Lunch in a midrange restaurant: €25
- Car hire per day: from €40
- Occasional excursions: €55–100
- Ferry ride: €60
Top end: More than €300
- Luxury hotel room: €350–sky's the limit
- Dinner in top-end restaurant: from €50
- Helicopter transfer: from €400
Bargaining is not a part of life in the Seychelles; 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.
You'll find ATMs on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Credit cards widely accepted.
|euro zone||€1||Rs 14.95|
|New Zealand||NZ$1||Rs 9.02|
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
- The unit of currency is the Seychelles rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents (¢). Bank notes come in denominations of Rs 10, Rs 25, Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 500; there are coins of Rs 1, Rs 5, 1¢, 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢.
- Euros are the best currency to carry. Prices for most tourist services – including accommodation, excursions, diving, car hire and transport – are quoted in euros and can be paid in euros (and less frequently in US dollars), either in cash or by credit card. But you can also pay in rupees. In restaurants, prices are quoted in rupees but you can also pay in euros.
- The four main banks are Barclays Bank, Seychelles Savings Bank, Nouvobanq and Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB). They have branches on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. You'll also find numerous money changers. There's no commission for changing cash. Don't lose time shopping around; rates are almost the same everywhere.
- ATMs, which accept major international cards, are at the airport and at all the major banks in Victoria. You'll also find ATMs at Beau Vallon and Anse Royale on Mahé and on Praslin and La Digue. Remember that bank fees – sometimes significant ones – can apply; check with your home bank before setting out for the Seychelles.
- Major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. Many guesthouses will still expect payment in cash. A few places add on an extra fee (typically 3%) to the bill to cover ‘bank charges’.
Tipping is not generally practised in the Seychelles and is never an obligation.
- Top-end hotels and restaurants Sometimes add a service charge of about 10% to 15% to the bill.