Senegal - West African Franc - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Senegal, the West African Franc currency plus sending (XOF) transfers and travel tips for Senegal.

Country CodeSN
Domestic Currency West African Franc
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeXOF
Exchange RateUSD/XOF = 604.73
Telephone Prefix+221

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to West African Franc



U$ 1
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U$ 250
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U$ 1,000
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U$ 0.0017
U$ 0.0083
U$ 0.0165
U$ 0.0331
U$ 0.0827
U$ 0.1654
U$ 0.4135
U$ 0.8270
U$ 1.6540
U$ 3.3080
U$ 8.2700
U$ 16.54
U$ 82.70
U$ 165.40
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To calculate specific USD/XOF amounts use our Convert USD to XOF quick calculator.

Senegal Currency Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What currency should I use in Senegal?

The domestic currency in Senegal is the West African Franc.

What is the West African Franc currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the West African Franc is XOF.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in West African Franc?

U$ 100 converts to 60,473

Which countries use the West African Franc?

It is the domestic currency in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Is the West African Franc a closed currency?

No, the West African Franc is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

West African Franc (XOF) in the markets

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

ALERT: 1-DAY ▼ 0.5% 🔔 |
USD/XOF at 604.78 was trading 1.9% above the 90-day average 593.76 with a range 584.61 to 607.94. ALERT: USD/XOF is DOWN 0.5% for 1-DAY.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Senegal

Though it’s one of West Africa's most stable countries, Senegal is far from dull. Perched on the tip of a peninsula, Dakar, the capital, is a dizzying, street-hustler-rich introduction to the country: elegance meets chaos, snarling traffic, vibrant markets and glittering nightlife, while nearby Île de Gorée and the beaches of Yoff and N'Gor tap to slow, lazy beats.

The capital of Senegal, Dakar.

What currency to use in Senegal?

The currency used in Senegal is called the West African CFA Franc," pronounced "say-fa." This type of currency is available through money exchange offices, in banks, and through local automated teller machines (ATMs), which are available in Dakar. ATMs are difficult to find outside of the city of Dakar. Tourists normally try to utilize their credit cards while on vacation to make purchases because they are safe to use and the exchange rate with a credit card is usually very good. However, in Dakar , credit cards are usually only accepted in hotels and credit card fraud is very common.

Travel tips for Senegal.

The people who live in Dakar speak many different languages. The official language is French but other languages are spoken as well. Many people in Dakar do speak some English. Local languages include Wolof, Pulaar and Serer.

Senegal is a majority-Muslim country, but you don’t need to worry about covering your knees, head or shoulders in most areas. In larger villages and cities, most local women don’t wear a hijab, and you won’t be showing disrespect by not covering up like you might in parts of India, Malaysia or the Middle East.

Senegal is famous for its cool beaches.

While I’ll typically run from guided tours in most countries, it can be helpful to hire a guide if you plan to tour Dakar or take excursions, especially if your French is on the weak side.

Though a yellow fever vaccine isn’t required to enter Senegal, it’s recommended, as are malaria pills and a typhoid vaccine. Using a good mosquito repellent, carrying tissues (as toilet paper can be scarce in public spots) and wearing sunblock are all essential. It can also be extremely dusty during the dry season, so having allergy pills on hand can also be helpful.

How to get around in Senegal?

The quickest (though still uncomfortable) way of getting around the country is by sept-place taxi – battered Peugeots that negotiate even the most ragged routes. Slightly cheaper, but infinitely less reliable are the minibuses (Ndiaga Ndiaye or grand car), carrying around 40 people. Vehicles leave from the gare routière (transport station) when they're full, and they fill up quickest in the morning, before 8am.

You can hire vehicles in Senegal (Dakar's airport is the best place for this). However, driving here is not for amateurs, with little road signage, reckless motorists and battered bitumen. There are myriad obstacles. Out in the countryside, slow down: you'll be sharing the road with errant goats and cows, bicyclists, pedestrians and overloaded, slow-moving vehicles – with oncoming vehicles swerving wildly into your lane as they pass.

In the past there has been an unreliable train line between Dakar and Bamako (Mali), but this has been out of commission since 2009. There is talk of one day restoring the line.

Voodoo Wrestlers.


Travel money for Senegal

Save money and time by Ordering your West African Franc online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the XOF 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 West African Franc otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


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Sending money to Senegal

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Senegal you need to start with finding out the latest West African Franc 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 Senegal

When sending money to Senegal 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 West African Franc 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 XOF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Senegal.

Use our Send to West African Franc 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 West African Franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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West African Franc to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00165217 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00166511 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00169119 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00168920 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00172418 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00173419 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00207320 Feb 2010

West African Franc to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00152417 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00152411 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00152419 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00152420 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00152418 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00152619 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00152820 Feb 2010

West African Franc to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00127017 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00128511 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00130019 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00130720 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00133418 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00112519 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00134320 Feb 2010

West African Franc to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00246317 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00247811 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00245819 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00248420 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00241818 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00222519 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00231620 Feb 2010

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