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Money and costs

Leones (SLL)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Simple room up-country: US$15
  • Rice and sauce lunch: US$2
  • Bottle of Star beer: US$1.20
  • Shared taxi ride: US$1.50
  • Hotel room with fan: US$30
  • Sandwich in a cafe: US$7
  • Glass of wine: US$6
  • Private taxi hire, per hour: US$6
Top end (more than)
  • Hotel room with air-con and TV: US$100
  • Two-course meal in Freetown: US$25
  • Cocktail in Freetown beach bar: US$7
  • 4x4 hire, per day: US$150 plus petrol

Prices in many midrange to top-end hotels are quoted in US dollars. ATMs and moneychangers are found throughout Freetown and all major towns have ATMs.


  • Hotels Tipping is at your discretion. Staff at top end hotels are more likely to expect a tip.

  • Restaurants Tips are not expected, but always welcome.

  • Tours It is common practice to tip guides and drivers at the end of a trip or tour.

  • Village visits When visiting a village it's polite to make a cash offering to the local chief.