Saudi Arabia - Saudi Riyal - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Riyal currency plus sending (SAR) transfers and travel tips for Saudi Arabia.

 
 
CountrySaudi Arabia
FlagSaudi Arabia
Country CodeSA
Domestic Currency Saudi Riyal
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeSAR
Exchange RateUSD/SAR = 3.7512
Telephone Prefix+966

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Saudi Riyal

USD

SAR

U$ 1
﷼ 3.7512
U$ 5
﷼ 18.76
U$ 10
﷼ 37.51
U$ 20
﷼ 75.02
U$ 50
﷼ 187.56
U$ 100
﷼ 375.12
U$ 250
﷼ 937.80
U$ 500
﷼ 1,876
U$ 1,000
﷼ 3,751
U$ 2,000
﷼ 7,502
U$ 5,000
﷼ 18,756
U$ 10,000
﷼ 37,512
U$ 50,000
﷼ 187,560
U$ 100,000
﷼ 375,120
More amounts

USD

SAR

U$ 0.2666
﷼ 1
U$ 1.3330
﷼ 5
U$ 2.6660
﷼ 10
U$ 5.3320
﷼ 20
U$ 13.33
﷼ 50
U$ 26.66
﷼ 100
U$ 66.65
﷼ 250
U$ 133.30
﷼ 500
U$ 266.60
﷼ 1,000
U$ 533.20
﷼ 2,000
U$ 1,333
﷼ 5,000
U$ 2,666
﷼ 10,000
U$ 13,330
﷼ 50,000
U$ 26,660
﷼ 100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/SAR amounts use our Convert USD to SAR quick calculator. To read more about the latest exchange rate trends and to compare FX provider rates view USD to SAR Rate Guide.

Saudi Arabia Currency Info


Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Saudi Arabia?

The domestic currency in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal.

What is the Saudi Riyal currency code and symbol?

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

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Saudi Riyal?

U$ 100 converts to ﷼ 375.12

Which countries use the Saudi Riyal?

It is the domestic currency in Saudi Arabia.

Is the Saudi Riyal a closed currency?

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


Saudi Riyal (SAR) in the markets

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

ALERT: 30-DAY HIGHS 🔔 |
USD/SAR at 3.7513 was trading near the 90-day average 3.7509 with a range 3.7486 to 3.7538. ALERT: USD/SAR has risen to 30-DAY HIGHS.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

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.

 
Travel Money Providers Amount SAR(﷼)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
Travelex Online US logo
3,335.6
Best Overall
3.33560^11.08%
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
3,235.5
﷼100 less
3.2355013.75%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,203
﷼133 less
3.2355U$1014.61%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
3,170.79
﷼165 less
3.2355U$2015.47%
 
Travelex Online US logo
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:3.3356 (11.08% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,335.6
Total Cost:11.08%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sun Feb 23 2020 06:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:3.2355 (13.75% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,235.5
Total Cost:13.75%
Time:6:05 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.2823 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,203
Total Cost:14.61%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:3.2355 (13.75% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)3,170.79
Total Cost:15.47%
Time:6:05 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 02/23/2020 - View latest rates

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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 Saudi Riyal 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!

  

USD to SAR International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer Providers Receive SAR(﷼)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
36,198
Best Overall
3.61980^3.5%
TransferWise logo
37,283
﷼1,085 more
3.7474U$510.61%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
35,410
﷼788 less
3.5474185.6%
HSBC logo
35,385
﷼813 less
3.5438U$155.67%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
35,169
﷼1,029 less
3.5375156.25%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
34,940
﷼1,258 less
3.5293U$1006.86%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
34,940
﷼1,258 less
3.5293U$1006.86%
 
OFX logo
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:3.6198 (3.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)36,198
Total Cost:3.5%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sun Feb 23 2020 06:04:07 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
TransferWise logo
TransferWise: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$51 USD (0.5% + U$1)
Exchange Rate:3.7474 (0.1% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)37,283
Total Cost:0.61%
Difference:
﷼1,085 SAR more than using OFX
Time:6:05 Local
Transfer Speed:0-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online, Foreign Currency Accounts + Multi-currency debit card
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:3.5474 (5.43% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)35,410
Total Cost:5.6%
Difference:
﷼788 SAR less than using OFX
Time:6:05 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:3.5438 (5.53% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)35,385
Total Cost:5.67%
Difference:
﷼813 SAR less than using OFX
Time:6:05 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:3.5221 (6.11% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)35,169
Total Cost:6.25%
Difference:
﷼1,029 SAR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 
Bank of America logo
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.5293 (5.92% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)34,940
Total Cost:6.86%
Difference:
﷼1,258 SAR less than using OFX
Time:6:05 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→SAR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:3.5293 (5.92% from mid-rate)
To Amount (SAR)34,940
Total Cost:6.86%
Difference:
﷼1,258 SAR less than using OFX
Time:6:05 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 02/23/2020 - View latest rates

Saudi Riyal to US Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodSAR/USDDate
1 Day0.266617 Feb 2020
7 Day0.266611 Feb 2020
30 Day0.266519 Jan 2020
3 Month0.266720 Nov 2019
1 Year0.266718 Feb 2019
5 Year0.266619 Feb 2015
10 Year0.266820 Feb 2010

Saudi Riyal to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodSAR/EURDate
1 Day0.246017 Feb 2020
7 Day0.244211 Feb 2020
30 Day0.240219 Jan 2020
3 Month0.240720 Nov 2019
1 Year0.235718 Feb 2019
5 Year0.234519 Feb 2015
10 Year0.196720 Feb 2010

Saudi Riyal to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodSAR/GBPDate
1 Day0.205017 Feb 2020
7 Day0.205711 Feb 2020
30 Day0.204919 Jan 2020
3 Month0.206320 Nov 2019
1 Year0.206318 Feb 2019
5 Year0.172919 Feb 2015
10 Year0.172920 Feb 2010

Saudi Riyal to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodSAR/AUDDate
1 Day0.397417 Feb 2020
7 Day0.396811 Feb 2020
30 Day0.387319 Jan 2020
3 Month0.392320 Nov 2019
1 Year0.373918 Feb 2019
5 Year0.342119 Feb 2015
10 Year0.298220 Feb 2010

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