Madagascar - Malagasy Ariary - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Madagascar, the Malagasy Ariary currency plus sending (MGA) transfers and travel tips for Madagascar.

Country CodeMG
Domestic Currency Malagasy Ariary
Currency SymbolAr
Currency CodeMGA
Exchange RateUSD/MGA = 3719.9
Telephone Prefix+261

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Malagasy Ariary



U$ 1
Ar 3,720
U$ 5
Ar 18,600
U$ 10
Ar 37,199
U$ 20
Ar 74,398
U$ 50
Ar 185,995
U$ 100
Ar 371,990
U$ 250
Ar 929,975
U$ 500
Ar 1,859,950
U$ 1,000
Ar 3,719,900
U$ 2,000
Ar 7,439,800
U$ 5,000
Ar 18,599,500
U$ 10,000
Ar 37,199,000
U$ 50,000
Ar 185,995,000
U$ 100,000
Ar 371,990,000
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U$ 0.0003
Ar 1
U$ 0.0013
Ar 5
U$ 0.0027
Ar 10
U$ 0.0054
Ar 20
U$ 0.0135
Ar 50
U$ 0.0269
Ar 100
U$ 0.0673
Ar 250
U$ 0.1345
Ar 500
U$ 0.2690
Ar 1,000
U$ 0.5380
Ar 2,000
U$ 1.3450
Ar 5,000
U$ 2.6900
Ar 10,000
U$ 13.45
Ar 50,000
U$ 26.90
Ar 100,000
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To calculate specific USD/MGA amounts use our Convert USD to MGA quick calculator.

Madagascar Currency Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What currency should I use in Madagascar?

The domestic currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary.

What is the Malagasy Ariary currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Malagasy Ariary is MGA — symbol is Ar.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Malagasy Ariary?

U$ 100 converts to Ar 371,990

Which countries use the Malagasy Ariary?

It is the domestic currency in Madagascar.

Is the Malagasy Ariary a closed currency?

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

Malagasy Ariary (MGA) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to MGA exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

USD/MGA at 3726.32 was trading 1.7% above the 90-day average 3663.78 with a range 3605 to 3743.47. There are no current rate alerts.
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Madagascar

Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island's signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures. Trees and plants are just as impressive, be they the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids or the spiny forests of the desert south.

The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature.

A Lemur.

What currency to use in Madagascar?

The local currency in Madagascar is Malagasy Ariary. There are money changing facilities (forex bureaux & bank kiosks) available at the major banks in Antananarivo or at the airport on your arrival. You will be able to change money at most main towns and cities. The most accepted foreign currency is the Euro, although the US Dollar is also accepted. There are ATM machines available in the major towns and the most widely accepted card is Visa. All ATMs will only dispense Ariary. There are very few places where credit cards can be used so only use it as an absolute emergency.

How to get around Madagascar?

Flying within Madagascar can be a huge time saver, considering the distances and state of the roads. Unfortunately most domestic routes are between Tana and the provinces, with few direct routes between provinces. Internal flights are also notoriously unreliable; you are therefore strongly advised to leave plenty of time if you need to catch an onward flight. Tickets are expensive (upwards of €200 for a one-way ticket), but generally exchangeable. You can pay for tickets by credit card or in ariary, euros or US dollars at the head office in Antananarivo and Air Madagascar offices in larger towns. Smaller offices may only accept ariary or euros, however.


In parts of Madagascar, notably the northeast and southwest coasts and Canal des Pangalanes, cargo boats (sometimes called boutres) are the primary means of transport. Cargo boats have no schedules and leave with the tides. There are no amenities, so passengers travel on deck, where they are exposed to the elements. Capsizing occurs regularly, so don’t get in if the seas are rough, or if the boat is overcrowded.

In Madagascar the road-transport system is such that most rental cars come with a mandatory driver, making the choice of both a critical decision in your travel planning. Go through an agency, your hotel or a word-of-mouth recommendation. Either way, it is essential you shop around. Talk to the driver ahead of time. Make sure you speak a common language and that the driver has experience in your region. If you’re not hiring through a reputable agency, take a look at the car, particularly if you are going on a long journey. See how well the driver takes care of it.

Travel tips for Madagascar.

The tourist season startS in April and goes until the end of November. The Whale season around Saint Marie is mid June to mid September, a great time if you have never seen these big mammals in action. June to August is Malagasy winter and it can be chilly on the highlands, but nicely warm towards the coasts and dry. The greatest variety of scenery you will encounter is if you travel from Antananarivo to Tulear. Also called the South route or the National Road Nr7.

Madagascar is very cheap to visit and most travellers will find that their money goes much further than they had expected. A simple double room in a guesthouse usually comes in at around USD $10-15, while a more upmarket hotel will cost about USD $20-30.Food can be found for as little as USD$1 and a full meal with a beer won't set you back more than about USD $5-7 depending on how much you eat..Tap water is never safe to drink in Madagascar and visitors to the country should stick solely to bottled mineral water or boiled/purified water if bottled water is not available. Avoid ice in your drinks as this may have been made with unhygienic water.


Travel money for Madagascar

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


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Sending money to Madagascar

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

When sending money to Madagascar 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 Malagasy Ariary 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 MGA amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Madagascar.

Use our Send to Malagasy Ariary 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 Malagasy Ariary deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Malagasy Ariary to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00026824 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00026918 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00027226 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00027427 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00028425 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00034926 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00046027 Feb 2010

Malagasy Ariary to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00024724 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00024918 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00024626 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00024927 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00025025 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00031126 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00033827 Feb 2010

Malagasy Ariary to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00020724 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00020718 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00020826 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00021227 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00021625 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00022626 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00030227 Feb 2010

Malagasy Ariary to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00040624 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00040218 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00039926 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00040427 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00039525 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00044726 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00051427 Feb 2010

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