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Foreign Exchange Guide to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi riyal
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The domestic currency in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi riyal with currency code SAR. Read this foreign exchange guide to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi riyal with money transfer and travel tips plus Saudi riyal exchange cross rates.

In this guide we review :

  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 SAR to USD 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.

SAR-USD 3 Month chart
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SAR currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for 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.

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.

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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 Exchange Rates Compared

Buying SAR Cash with USD 1,000

Travelex Online logo Travelex Online
﷼3335.10 SAR (11.09%)
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Price Details
Receive: ﷼3335.10 SAR
Exchange Rate: 3.3351
(Inverse 1SAR=USD 0.2998)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 11.09% (from mid-rate: 3.7512)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/SAR=3.3351 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Tue Jun 19 2018 14:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
﷼3249.48 SAR (13.37%)
This is the average USD to SAR Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: ﷼3249.48 SAR
Exchange Rate: 3.2823
(Inverse 1SAR=USD 0.3047)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.37% (from mid-rate: 3.7512)
Receive SAR ﷼86 less than with  Travelex Online logo Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/SAR=3.2823 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).

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).

Getting a better deal when sending money 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!

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Sending USD 10,000 to SAR

OFX logo OFX (prev. USForex)
﷼36,631 SAR (2.35%)
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Price Details
Receive: ﷼36,631 SAR
Exchange Rate: 3.6631
(Inverse 1SAR=USD 0.2730)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 2.35% (from mid-rate: 3.7512)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/SAR=3.6631 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Tue Jun 19 2018 14:05:31 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
﷼35,482 SAR (5.41%)
This is the average USD to SAR International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: ﷼35,482 SAR
Exchange Rate: 3.5535
(Inverse 1SAR=USD 0.2814)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 5.41% (from mid-rate: 3.7512)
Receive SAR ﷼1,149 less than with  OFX logo OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/SAR=3.5535 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Saudi riyal - exchange rates - live and historic

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SAR/USD - Saudi riyal to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.26671 Week
18 May 20180.26671 Month
19 Dec 20170.26666 Months
17 Jun 20170.26671 Year
17 Jun 20160.26662 Years
18 Jun 20130.26665 Years
19 Jun 20080.266710 Years

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

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.22631 Week
18 May 20180.22621 Month
19 Dec 20170.22526 Months
17 Jun 20170.23821 Year
17 Jun 20160.23652 Years
18 Jun 20130.19915 Years
19 Jun 20080.172110 Years

SAR/GBP - Saudi riyal to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.19881 Week
18 May 20180.19801 Month
19 Dec 20170.19926 Months
17 Jun 20170.20871 Year
17 Jun 20160.18572 Years
18 Jun 20130.17045 Years
19 Jun 20080.135210 Years

SAR/JPY - Saudi riyal to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 201829.18761 Week
18 May 201829.54951 Month
19 Dec 201730.13026 Months
17 Jun 201729.56711 Year
17 Jun 201627.79762 Years
18 Jun 201325.40025 Years
19 Jun 200828.769110 Years

SAR/AUD - Saudi riyal to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.35081 Week
18 May 20180.35511 Month
19 Dec 20170.34846 Months
17 Jun 20170.34991 Year
17 Jun 20160.36052 Years
18 Jun 20130.28135 Years
19 Jun 20080.280810 Years

SAR/CAD - Saudi riyal to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Jun 20180.34581 Week
18 May 20180.34381 Month
19 Dec 20170.34346 Months
17 Jun 20170.35241 Year
17 Jun 20160.34422 Years
18 Jun 20130.27215 Years
19 Jun 20080.270510 Years