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Saudi Arabia - Saudi Riyal - Currency Guide

 

Foreign exchange guide to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Riyal (SAR)

       

SAR News, Forecasts and Trends

The below interactive chart shows the USD to SAR exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

   
Recent USD to SAR 90-day trend
 
14-DAY-LO
USD/SAR at 3.7565 was trading near AVG:3.7564 with LO:3.7486 and HI:3.7648 (90 days). There are no current rate alerts.

US Dollar to Saudi Riyal - Historical Rates

USD/SARPeriod to 28-MayDateRate
0% ▲1 Week21 May 20203.7559
0% ▼30 Days28 Apr 20203.7594
0.2% ▲90 Days28 Feb 20203.7517
0.1% ▲1 Year29 May 20193.7527
0.2% ▲5 Years30 May 20153.7506
0.2% ▲10 Years31 May 20103.7501
USD/SAR 10 year rates & changes to 28-May-2020 (3.7576)

US Dollar to Saudi Riyal - Quick Conversions

USD SAR
U$ 1 3.7562
U$ 5 18.78
U$ 10 37.56
U$ 20 75.12
U$ 50 187.81
U$ 100 375.62
U$ 250 939.05
U$ 500 1,878
U$ 1,000 3,756
U$ 2,000 7,512
U$ 5,000 18,781
U$ 10,000 37,562
U$ 50,000 187,810
U$ 100,000 375,620
More amounts
USD SAR
U$ 0.2662 ﷼ 1
U$ 1.3310 ﷼ 5
U$ 2.6620 ﷼ 10
U$ 5.3240 ﷼ 20
U$ 13.31 ﷼ 50
U$ 26.62 ﷼ 100
U$ 66.55 ﷼ 250
U$ 133.10 ﷼ 500
U$ 266.20 ﷼ 1,000
U$ 532.40 ﷼ 2,000
U$ 1,331 ﷼ 5,000
U$ 2,662 ﷼ 10,000
U$ 13,310 ﷼ 50,000
U$ 26,620 ﷼ 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What currency should I use in Saudi Arabia?

The domestic currency in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal.

What is the Saudi Riyal currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Saudi Riyal is SAR — symbol is .

Which countries use the Saudi Riyal?

It is the domestic currency in    Saudi Arabia.

Is the Saudi Riyal a closed currency?

No, the Saudi Riyal is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

 

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Saudi Arabia

The birthplace and spiritual home of Islam, Saudi Arabia is as rich in attractions as it is in stirring symbolism. It is also one of the most difficult places on Earth to visit. And for Muslim travellers, Mecca and Medina represent the most sacred destinations you can imagine.

What currency is used in Saudi Arabia?

The Saudi riyal (SAR) is Saudi Arabia’s official currency, with each Saudi riyal divided into 100 halala. Five halala are equal to 20 qurush. ATMs are everywhere and usually reliable. Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted credit cards, but some establishments also accept Discover or American Express cards. Travelers’ checks are also widely accepted, but can sometimes be difficult to change.

Cash is commonly used, and automatic teller machines (ATMs) are found throughout Makkah. Foreign credit and debit cards are accepted at all but the smallest hotels, shops and restaurants. Generally, taxis only accept cash.

How to travel in Saudi Arabia?

Checking in 1½ hours before departure is advised for domestic flights. Note that Medina airport lies outside the haram (forbidden) area, so it can be used by non-Muslim tourists; it can be a useful gateway for Al Ula in particular. Bus fares are approximately half of the equivalent airfare. Return tickets are 25% cheaper than two one-way fares. Online booking is now available.

Unaccompanied foreign women can travel on domestic buses with their iqama (residence permit) if they're an expat, or with a passport and visa if a visitor. The front seats are generally unofficially reserved for ‘families’ (which includes solo women), and the back half for men.

Saudi Arabia currently has only one stretch of train track in the entire country, between Riyadh and Dammam via Al Hofuf. There are three classes: 2nd, 1st and VIP class. The main difference between them is legroom (plus TV and a meal in the splendidly named ‘Rehab’ VIP class). All classes have access to the train restaurant.

Taxis are found in most of the larger towns and are known as ‘limousines’; they can be hailed anywhere. Note that it’s much cheaper to negotiate the fare first (as locals do) rather than use the meter.

Travel tips for Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia contains the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina, to which all physically and financially able Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage at least once if possible and where non-Muslims are forbidden from entering. Saudi Arabia has some of the most restrictive travel policies in the world, and advance visas are required for all foreigners desiring to enter. The only significant exception is citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations. Also exempt from visa requirements are foreigners transiting through airports for less than eighteen hours, but many other entry requirements, such as the dress code and restrictions on unaccompanied females, still apply. Nationals of Israel and those with evidence of visiting Israel will be denied visas, although merely being Jewish in and of itself is not a disqualifying factor.

It should be noted however that traveling to the Najran and the Saudi Yemeni border should be done with slightly more caution than usual, although if you use street smarts you will be safe. Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country in which Sharia (Islamic) law is strictly enforced. You should respect local traditions, customs and laws. For example, the public practice of any form of religion other than Islam is illegal and homosexual acts, adultery, and the possession of alcohol/drugs/pornographic material are illegal, and the punishment results in up to death.

Formally known as the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the mutawwa (religious police) have an infamous reputation as moral vigilantes out to enforce strict Islamic orthodoxy. During Ramadan, for Muslims, public observance of the fast is mandatory. For non-Muslims, smoking, eating or drinking in public could result in arrest.

 

Travel money for Saudi Arabia

Save money and time by Ordering your Saudi Riyal online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the SAR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Saudi Riyal otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
 

USD to SAR - Travel Money & Cards

Provider Amount SAR(﷼) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
3,718.71
1%
Best Overall
3.7374U$5.00
U.S. Bank Foreign Cash
U.S. Bank logo
3,516
6.39%
﷼203 less
3.5160
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,481
7.33%
﷼238 less
3.516015
Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,445.68
8.27%
﷼273 less
3.516U$20
Travelex Online logo
3,337.9
11.14%
﷼381 less
3.33790^
 
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TransferWise: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$5.00 USD (0.5% + U$1)
Exchange Rate:3.7374 (-0.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,718.71
Total Cost:1%
Time:2:30 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:3.5160 (-6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,516
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:2:30 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:3.2867 (-12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,481
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:3.5160 (-6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,445.68
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:2:30 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
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Travelex Online: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:3.3379 (-11.14% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,337.9
Total Cost:11.14%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri May 29 2020 02:30:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
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Snapshot 05/29/2020 - View live rates

Sending money to Saudi Arabia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Saudi Arabia you need to start with finding out the latest Saudi Riyal foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Saudi Arabia

When sending money to Saudi Arabia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Saudi Riyal amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted SAR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Saudi Arabia.

Use our Send to Saudi Riyal calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Saudi Riyal deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

USD to SAR International Money Transfers

Foreign Transfer Provider Receive SAR(﷼) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
OFX logo
3,621.7
3.58%
Best Overall
3.62170^
HSBC logo
3,550.97
5.46%
﷼71 less
3.5563U$1.50
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
3,541.8
5.71%
﷼80 less
3.54180
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
3,488.67
7.12%
﷼133 less
3.5418U$15
Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,488.7
7.12%
﷼133 less
3.5599U$20
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Bank of America logo HSBC logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,518
6.35%
﷼104 less
3.550015
 
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OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:3.6217 (3.58% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,621.7
Total Cost:3.58%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri May 29 2020 02:04:07 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
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HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$1.50 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:3.5563 (5.32% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,550.97
Total Cost:5.46%
Difference:
﷼71 SAR less than using OFX
Time:2:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:3.5418 (5.71% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,541.8
Total Cost:5.71%
Difference:
﷼80 SAR less than using OFX
Time:2:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Bank of America logo
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Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$15 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:3.5418 (5.71% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,488.67
Total Cost:7.12%
Difference:
﷼133 SAR less than using OFX
Time:2:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:3.5599 (5.23% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,488.7
Total Cost:7.12%
Difference:
﷼133 SAR less than using OFX
Time:2:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:3.5345 (5.9% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,518
Total Cost:6.35%
Difference:
﷼104 SAR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:
Services:
 
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Snapshot 05/29/2020 - View live rates

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