Currency

West African franc (CFA)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than CFA40,000

  • Hotel room: CFA14,000
  • Local beer: CFA500
  • Zemi-john ride: CFA300

Midrange: CFA40,000–70,000

  • Hotel room: CFA30,000
  • Two-course dinner: CFA4000
  • Drink in a bar: CFA1700
  • Intercity bus ride: CFA6000

Top End: More than CFA70,000

  • Hotel room: CFA52,000
  • Two-course meal: CFA12,000
  • Cocktail: CFA2000
  • 4WD with driver, per day: CFA46,000

Bargaining

Bargaining is common in Togo. Supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and buses have fixed prices, but expect to haggle for items at markets as well as fares for taxis, bush taxis and taxi-motos (motorcycle taxis), also called zemi-johns.

Money

Togo uses the West African CFA franc. Major towns have Visa ATMs. A few upmarket hotels take credit cards but otherwise cash is king.

ATMs

You'll find Visa ATMs in major towns. Only Banque Atlantique in Lomé accepts MasterCard.

Changing Money

The best foreign currency to carry is euros, which are easily exchanged at any bank or hotel.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1CFA452
CanadaC$1CFA440
Euro zone€1CFA656
Japan¥100CFA538
New ZealandNZ$1CFA415
UKUK£1CFA774
USUS$1CFA600

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Tipping is not the norm at local restaurants. In upmarket spots, 10% is the usual.
  • Guides Giving your guide 5% to 10% is reasonable.

Travellers Cheques

Travellers' cheques cannot be changed in Togo.