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Foreign Exchange Guide to Senegal

Read this currency guide to Senegal with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/XOF=578.152]

 
Senegal
Country Code:
SN
Domestic Currency:
West African Franc
Symbol - Code:
XOF
Telephone Prefix:
+221

This is a foreign exchange guide to Senegal, the West African Franc currency plus XOF transfers and travel tips.


In this Senegal currency guide we take a look at :

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

West African Franc (XOF) general currency information


What is the West African Franc currency code and symbol?

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


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.


West African Franc (XOF) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to XOF 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-XOF 3 Month chart
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USDXOF currency converter

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.

   

Senegal Trip Checklist    

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

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 XOF 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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Popular XOF cross rates


XOF/USD - West African Franc to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0017261 Week
18 Jan 20190.0017331 Month
21 Aug 20180.0017656 Months
17 Feb 20180.0018921 Year
17 Feb 20170.0016162 Years
18 Feb 20140.0020925 Years
19 Feb 20090.00192710 Years

XOF/EUR - West African Franc to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0015241 Week
18 Jan 20190.0015241 Month
21 Aug 20180.0015246 Months
17 Feb 20180.0015241 Year
17 Feb 20170.0015232 Years
18 Feb 20140.0015205 Years
19 Feb 20090.00151910 Years

XOF/GBP - West African Franc to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0013351 Week
18 Jan 20190.0013461 Month
21 Aug 20180.0013676 Months
17 Feb 20180.0013481 Year
17 Feb 20170.0013022 Years
18 Feb 20140.0012545 Years
19 Feb 20090.00134410 Years

XOF/JPY - West African Franc to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.18961 Week
18 Jan 20190.19021 Month
21 Aug 20180.19436 Months
17 Feb 20180.20111 Year
17 Feb 20170.18242 Years
18 Feb 20140.21405 Years
19 Feb 20090.181210 Years

XOF/AUD - West African Franc to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0024311 Week
18 Jan 20190.0024181 Month
21 Aug 20180.0023976 Months
17 Feb 20180.0023931 Year
17 Feb 20170.0021082 Years
18 Feb 20140.0023195 Years
19 Feb 20090.00298110 Years

XOF/CAD - West African Franc to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0022921 Week
18 Jan 20190.0022981 Month
21 Aug 20180.0023006 Months
17 Feb 20180.0023751 Year
17 Feb 20170.0021162 Years
18 Feb 20140.0022925 Years
19 Feb 20090.00241610 Years

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