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Foreign Exchange Guide to Nigeria

Read this currency guide to Nigeria with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/NGN=363.03]

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Domestic Currency:
Nigerian Naira
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Telephone Prefix:

This is a foreign exchange guide to Nigeria, the Nigerian Naira currency plus NGN transfers and travel tips.

In this Nigeria currency guide we take a look at :

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

Nigerian Naira (NGN) general currency information

What is the Nigerian Naira currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Nigerian Naira is NGN and the symbol is .

Is the Nigerian Naira a closed currency?

Yes the Nigerian Naira is a closed currency. Which means that you will not be able to purchase the currency (NGN) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival. For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?

Which countries use the Nigerian Naira?

It is the domestic currency in Nigeria.

Nigerian Naira (NGN) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to NGN 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.

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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Nigeria


Travel money for Nigeria


As mentioned above, the Nigerian Naira is a closed currency. Which means that you will not be able to purchase the currency (NGN) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in Nigeria.

For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the NGN you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in Nigeria.

However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.


Nigeria Trip Checklist    

  1. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Nigeria
  2. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Nigeria

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

When sending money to Nigeria 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 Nigerian Naira 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 NGN amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Nigeria.

Use our Send to NGN 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 Nigerian Naira deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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NGN/USD - Nigerian Naira to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0027431 Week
16 Nov 20180.0027471 Month
19 Jun 20180.0027786 Months
16 Dec 20170.0027701 Year
16 Dec 20160.0031652 Years
17 Dec 20130.0062915 Years
18 Dec 20080.00741210 Years

NGN/EUR - Nigerian Naira to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0024071 Week
16 Nov 20180.0024061 Month
19 Jun 20180.0023976 Months
16 Dec 20170.0023561 Year
16 Dec 20160.0030332 Years
17 Dec 20130.0045685 Years
18 Dec 20080.00516910 Years

NGN/GBP - Nigerian Naira to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0021571 Week
16 Nov 20180.0021401 Month
19 Jun 20180.0021096 Months
16 Dec 20170.0020791 Year
16 Dec 20160.0025372 Years
17 Dec 20130.0038675 Years
18 Dec 20080.00488410 Years

NGN/JPY - Nigerian Naira to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.30871 Week
16 Nov 20180.31001 Month
19 Jun 20180.30586 Months
16 Dec 20170.31181 Year
16 Dec 20160.37322 Years
17 Dec 20130.64605 Years
18 Dec 20080.660610 Years

NGN/AUD - Nigerian Naira to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0038211 Week
16 Nov 20180.0037461 Month
19 Jun 20180.0037596 Months
16 Dec 20170.0036221 Year
16 Dec 20160.0043282 Years
17 Dec 20130.0070665 Years
18 Dec 20080.010710 Years

NGN/CAD - Nigerian Naira to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0036571 Week
16 Nov 20180.0036121 Month
19 Jun 20180.0036886 Months
16 Dec 20170.0035641 Year
16 Dec 20160.0042222 Years
17 Dec 20130.0066685 Years
18 Dec 20080.00886610 Years

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