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Foreign Exchange Guide to Lebanon

Read this currency guide to Lebanon with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/LBP=1512.1564]

 
Lebanon
Country Code:
LB
Domestic Currency:
Lebanese Pound
Symbol - Code:
£ LBP
Telephone Prefix:
+961

This is a foreign exchange guide to Lebanon, the Lebanese Pound currency plus LBP transfers and travel tips.


In this Lebanon currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Lebanese Pound info - general info about the Lebanese Pound
  2. Lebanese Pound in the markets - recent LBP moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Lebanon - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Lebanese Pound cash online - travel money for Lebanon
  5. Sending money to Lebanon - save on Lebanese Pound bank transfers to Lebanon
  6. Lebanese Pound exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Lebanese Pound (LBP) general currency information


What is the Lebanese Pound currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Lebanese Pound is LBP and the symbol is £.


Which countries use the Lebanese Pound?

It is the domestic currency in Lebanon.


Lebanese Pound (LBP) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to LBP exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-LBP 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Lebanon

 

This diminutive Mediterranean nation is a fascinating nexus point of the Middle East and the West; of Christianity and Islam; of tradition and modernity. It’s a place where culture, family and religion are all-important, but where sectarian violence can too often erupt – claiming lives and scarring both the landscape and the national psyche.

Qadisha Valley.

What currency to use in Lebanon?

ATMs are readily available in the large cities, but tend to become scarce in the less touristy regions.

There are many money exchange kiosks in every city in Lebanon, especially in Beirut, however it does depend on where you are going to stay to determine if it is easy to reach one of them. Good advice is to have dollars (USD) with you when you arrive in Lebanon because it is used pretty much everywhere in Lebanon, and you can pay by using US Dollars. It will be very easy to end up with Lebanese pounds once you have spent some USD and recieved some change. You can get Lebanese Pounds from everywhere (shop, hotel, supermarket...) by asking to do an exchange. All credits cards are widely accepted.

How to get around in Lebanon?

There are no air services operating within Lebanon, but the country is so small that you don’t really need them (you can drive from one end to the other in half a day).

Minibuses travel between Beirut and all of Lebanon’s major towns; the only route that has large, Pullman-style buses is Beirut–Tripoli.

Buses usually have a route number and the destination displayed in the front window, but this is usually in Arabic only. Government-run buses have red number plates, and there are a number of independently owned microbuses that cover the same routes; note that the embassies of foreign countries recommend using the government-run buses only.

You need to be a competent driver with very steady nerves to contemplate driving in Lebanon, since rules are cheerfully flouted. A three-lane road, for example, can frequently become seven lanes and intersections are a survival-of-the-fittest experience. Hairpin bends and pot-holed roads are frequent in the mountains, and few roads are gritted after a snowfall.

Most routes around Lebanese towns and cities are covered by service, or shared, taxis, which are usually elderly Mercedes with red licence plates and a taxi sign on the roof. You can hail them at any point on their route and also get out wherever you wish by saying ‘anzil huun’ (drop me off here). Be sure to ask ‘servees?’ before getting in (if it’s an empty car), to ensure the driver doesn’t try to charge you a private taxi fare.

Travel tips for Lebanon.

The official language in Lebanon is Standard Arabic, but the most common tongue heard is Lebanese Arabic. Many locals also speak English and some French. This is especially true of people who work in the tourism and business sectors. Travelers should expect English to become less common when travelling outside of the cities and in the more remote areas.

Accommodation in Lebanon is expensive. Nevertheless, since it is a small country, you can find a budget hotel in Beirut and use it as a base to explore the rest of the country, for practically your whole stay. In many towns and villages, there’s no budget accommodation. The main modes of transport are service taxis, bus and car. There are no railway systems in Lebanon. All types of public transportation vehicles (taxis, buses, minivans and even trucks) can be identified by their red-colored license plate.

One of the breadbaskets of ancient Rome, the Bekaa Valley is littered with ancient sites. The world-class ruins of Baalbek, site of the Roman solar cult Heliopolis, are the valley’s star attraction. The soaring Temple of Bacchus, circa 200 AD, is one of the best preserved and most majestic Roman ruins in the world, featuring more than a dozen 19m-high columns and exquisitely preserved reliefs.

 

Travel money for Lebanon

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Lebanese Pound online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the LBP 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 Lebanese Pound otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

   

Lebanon Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare LBP travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Lebanon

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Lebanon you need to start with finding out the latest Lebanese Pound 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 Lebanon

When sending money to Lebanon 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 Lebanese Pound 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 LBP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Lebanon.

Use our Send to LBP 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 Lebanese Pound deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

   

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LBP/USD - Lebanese Pound to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.0006621 Week
14 Dec 20180.0006641 Month
17 Jul 20180.0006616 Months
13 Jan 20180.0006641 Year
13 Jan 20170.0006612 Years
14 Jan 20140.0006645 Years
15 Jan 20090.00066610 Years

LBP/EUR - Lebanese Pound to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.0005801 Week
14 Dec 20180.0005871 Month
17 Jul 20180.0005676 Months
13 Jan 20180.0005441 Year
13 Jan 20170.0006212 Years
14 Jan 20140.0004865 Years
15 Jan 20090.00050710 Years

LBP/GBP - Lebanese Pound to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.0005201 Week
14 Dec 20180.0005271 Month
17 Jul 20180.0005056 Months
13 Jan 20180.0004841 Year
13 Jan 20170.0005432 Years
14 Jan 20140.0004045 Years
15 Jan 20090.00045510 Years

LBP/JPY - Lebanese Pound to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.07191 Week
14 Dec 20180.07531 Month
17 Jul 20180.07476 Months
13 Jan 20180.07371 Year
13 Jan 20170.07572 Years
14 Jan 20140.06915 Years
15 Jan 20090.059610 Years

LBP/AUD - Lebanese Pound to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.0009291 Week
14 Dec 20180.0009241 Month
17 Jul 20180.0008966 Months
13 Jan 20180.0008391 Year
13 Jan 20170.0008812 Years
14 Jan 20140.0007425 Years
15 Jan 20090.00100710 Years

LBP/CAD - Lebanese Pound to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
06 Jan 20190.0008851 Week
14 Dec 20180.0008881 Month
17 Jul 20180.0008736 Months
13 Jan 20180.0008271 Year
13 Jan 20170.0008672 Years
14 Jan 20140.0007275 Years
15 Jan 20090.00083510 Years

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