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Money and costs

Rand (R)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 13, 2019 2:06PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel dorm bed: from R160
  • Budget main dish (cheaper areas): less than R75
  • Two-week hop-on, hop-off Baz Bus pass: R4100
  • Free entry to some museums
  • Double room: R700-4000
  • Midrange main dish: R75-200
  • Jo'burg–Cape Town tourist-class train: R690
  • Single-room supplements common, usually 30–40%
Top end (more than)
  • Double room (more expensive areas): over R4000
  • Top-end main dish (more expensive areas): over R200
  • Pretoria–Cape Town Blue Train: R20,280
  • Cape Town–Jo'burg flight: from R1000
  • Wildlife drive: from R500

ATMs are found throughout the country and cards are widely accepted. Inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid declined credit-card transactions.


Wages are low here, and tipping is expected.

Restaurants & cafes Tip 10% to 15% of the total in restaurants; 10% in cafes.

Hotels A standard tip of R10 to R20 is welcomed.

Car guards Offer R2, or R5 for longer periods.

Petrol stations Anything from R5 – more if the attendant washes the windscreen and checks the tyres etc.

Taxis Tips not expected but rounding up the fare will be appreciated.