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Foreign Exchange Guide to Saudi Arabia

Read this currency guide to Saudi Arabia with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/SAR=3.7511]

Saudi Arabia
Country Code:
SA
Domestic Currency:
Saudi Riyal
Symbol - Code:
﷼ SAR
Telephone Prefix:
+966

This is a foreign exchange guide to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Riyal currency plus SAR transfers and travel tips.


In this Saudi Arabia currency guide we take a look at :

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

Saudi Riyal (SAR) general currency information


What is the Saudi Riyal currency code and symbol?

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


Which countries use the Saudi Riyal?

It is the domestic currency in Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Riyal (SAR) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to SAR 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-SAR 3 Month chart
USD-SAR 3 Month chart
USDSAR currency converter

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.

 

Compare USD to SAR Travel Money Exchange Rates vs the Banks

ProvidersAmount SAR(﷼)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery SpeedReviewsDeal Links
Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,511.93 SAR
Top Provider
3.5836$206.38%Branch pickupn/a
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
3511.56 SAR
SAR0.37 less
3.5474$106.39%Branch pickupn/a
U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank logo
3,511.2 SAR
SAR0.73 less
3.511206.4%Branch pickupn/a
Travelex Online US logo
3,410.7 SAR
SAR101 less
3.41070^9.07%Online order, Home delivery2-3 days
 
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:3.5836 (4.47% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:3,511.93 SAR
Total Cost:6.38%
Time:12:09 Local
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo

Travel Money USD→SAR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.2822 (12.5% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:3511.56 SAR
Total Cost:6.39%
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:3.5112 (6.4% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:3,511.2 SAR
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:12:09 Local
Delivery Speed:n/a
Currency Services:Branch pickup
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→SAR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:3.4107 (9.07% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:3,410.7 SAR
Total Cost:9.07%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 15 2018 10:15:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Delivery Speed:2-3 days
Currency Services:Online order, Home delivery
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Rates @ 12/15/2018.
Total Cost = Fee + exchange rate margin vs USD/SAR mid-rate: 3.7511
 

Saudi Arabia Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare SAR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Saudi Arabia
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 SAR 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!

 

Compare USD to SAR Foreign Transfers vs the Banks

ProvidersAmount SAR(﷼)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostTransfer ServicesTransfer SpeedReviewsDeal Links
OFX logo
36,399 SAR
Top Provider
3.63990^2.96%Online, Bank Transfers1-2 days
 
WorldFirst logo
37,361 SAR
SAR962 more
3.736100.4%Online, Bank Transfers1-2 days
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
35,642 SAR
SAR757 less
3.5706184.98%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
HSBC logo
35,616 SAR
SAR783 less
3.567$155.05%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
35,399 SAR
SAR1,000 less
3.5606155.63%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Bank of America
Bank of America logo
35,169 SAR
SAR1,230 less
3.5524$1006.24%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank logo
35,169 SAR
SAR1,230 less
3.5524$1006.24%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:3.6399 (2.96% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:36,399 SAR
Total Cost:2.96%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat Dec 15 2018 10:04:08 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Online, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
WorldFirst: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:
Exchange Rate:3.7361 (0.4% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:37,361 SAR
Total Cost:0.4%
Difference:
SAR962 SAR more than using OFX
Time:12:08 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Online, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:3.5706 (4.81% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:35,642 SAR
Total Cost:4.98%
Difference:
SAR757 SAR less than using OFX
Time:12:08 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:3.5670 (4.91% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:35,616 SAR
Total Cost:5.05%
Difference:
SAR783 SAR less than using OFX
Time:12:08 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo

Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:3.5451 (5.49% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:35,399 SAR
Total Cost:5.63%
Difference:
SAR1,000 SAR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.5524 (5.3% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:35,169 SAR
Total Cost:6.24%
Difference:
SAR1,230 SAR less than using OFX
Time:12:08 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.5524 (5.3% from mid-rate)
SAR amount:35,169 SAR
Total Cost:6.24%
Difference:
SAR1,230 SAR less than using OFX
Time:12:08 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Rates @ 12/15/2018.
Total Cost = Fee + exchange rate margin vs USD/SAR mid-rate: 3.7511
 

Popular SAR cross rates


SAR/USD - Saudi Riyal to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.26651 Week
09 Nov 20180.26661 Month
12 Jun 20180.26676 Months
09 Dec 20170.26671 Year
09 Dec 20160.26652 Years
10 Dec 20130.26665 Years
11 Dec 20080.266610 Years

SAR/EUR - Saudi Riyal to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.23501 Week
09 Nov 20180.23511 Month
12 Jun 20180.22706 Months
09 Dec 20170.22661 Year
09 Dec 20160.25242 Years
10 Dec 20130.19385 Years
11 Dec 20080.200610 Years

SAR/GBP - Saudi Riyal to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.20901 Week
09 Nov 20180.20551 Month
12 Jun 20180.19946 Months
09 Dec 20170.19921 Year
09 Dec 20160.21202 Years
10 Dec 20130.16215 Years
11 Dec 20080.178410 Years

SAR/JPY - Saudi Riyal to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 201830.32271 Week
09 Nov 201830.34321 Month
12 Jun 201829.45536 Months
09 Dec 201730.26701 Year
09 Dec 201630.65462 Years
10 Dec 201327.43325 Years
11 Dec 200824.430710 Years

SAR/AUD - Saudi Riyal to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.36141 Week
09 Nov 20180.36871 Month
12 Jun 20180.35216 Months
09 Dec 20170.35521 Year
09 Dec 20160.35772 Years
10 Dec 20130.29165 Years
11 Dec 20080.397510 Years

SAR/CAD - Saudi Riyal to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.35331 Week
09 Nov 20180.35221 Month
12 Jun 20180.34716 Months
09 Dec 20170.34281 Year
09 Dec 20160.35152 Years
10 Dec 20130.28305 Years
11 Dec 20080.328710 Years

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