Best Exchange Rates

Home pages - full list (A-Z)

Foreign Exchange Guide to Nigeria

Read this currency guide to Nigeria with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/NGN=361.5]

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Nigerian Naira
Symbol - Code:
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 may find it difficult to purchase the currency (NGN) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.

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.

USD-NGN 3 Month chart
Loading USD/NGN Chart
USDNGN currency converter

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 may find it difficult (or be permitted) 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!


Bank Transfers to Nigeria

Compare Transfer Rates


Popular NGN cross rates

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0027701 Week
18 Jan 20190.0027551 Month
21 Aug 20180.0027626 Months
17 Feb 20180.0027701 Year
17 Feb 20170.0031692 Years
18 Feb 20140.0061275 Years
19 Feb 20090.00673410 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0024461 Week
18 Jan 20190.0024231 Month
21 Aug 20180.0023866 Months
17 Feb 20180.0022331 Year
17 Feb 20170.0029852 Years
18 Feb 20140.0044535 Years
19 Feb 20090.00530910 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0021411 Week
18 Jan 20190.0021391 Month
21 Aug 20180.0021416 Months
17 Feb 20180.0019751 Year
17 Feb 20170.0025532 Years
18 Feb 20140.0036735 Years
19 Feb 20090.00469610 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.30421 Week
18 Jan 20190.30241 Month
21 Aug 20180.30426 Months
17 Feb 20180.29451 Year
17 Feb 20170.35762 Years
18 Feb 20140.62665 Years
19 Feb 20090.633310 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0039001 Week
18 Jan 20190.0038431 Month
21 Aug 20180.0037536 Months
17 Feb 20180.0035041 Year
17 Feb 20170.0041322 Years
18 Feb 20140.0067915 Years
19 Feb 20090.010410 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0036781 Week
18 Jan 20190.0036531 Month
21 Aug 20180.0036016 Months
17 Feb 20180.0034791 Year
17 Feb 20170.0041492 Years
18 Feb 20140.0067115 Years
19 Feb 20090.00844410 Years

More BestExchangeRates Country Guides

Country Guides (A-Z)


Currency News and Forecasts - United States Dollar

Pound at 2-Week High Ahead of May-Juncker Brexit Meeting
Euro to Strike 20-Month Low This Week; $1.12 Beckons
HSBC Cuts Australian Dollar Forecast; Aussie to Buy Only US66¢ at Year-End
China’s Ant Financial Acquires WorldFirst
New Zealand Dollar Jumps After RBNZ Says It Won’t Lower Interest Rates
Dollar Optimism Drives Markets