Swaziland - Swazi Lilangeni - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Swaziland, the Swazi Lilangeni currency plus sending (SZL) transfers and travel tips for Swaziland.

Country CodeSZ
Domestic Currency Swazi Lilangeni
Currency SymbolL
Currency CodeSZL
Exchange RateUSD/SZL = 17.96
Telephone Prefix+268

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Swazi Lilangeni



U$ 1
L 17.96
U$ 5
L 89.80
U$ 10
L 179.60
U$ 20
L 359.20
U$ 50
L 898.00
U$ 100
L 1,796
U$ 250
L 4,490
U$ 500
L 8,980
U$ 1,000
L 17,960
U$ 2,000
L 35,920
U$ 5,000
L 89,800
U$ 10,000
L 179,600
U$ 50,000
L 898,000
U$ 100,000
L 1,796,000
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U$ 0.0557
L 1
U$ 0.2784
L 5
U$ 0.5568
L 10
U$ 1.1136
L 20
U$ 2.7840
L 50
U$ 5.5679
L 100
U$ 13.92
L 250
U$ 27.84
L 500
U$ 55.68
L 1,000
U$ 111.36
L 2,000
U$ 278.40
L 5,000
U$ 556.79
L 10,000
U$ 2,784
L 50,000
U$ 5,568
L 100,000
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To calculate specific USD/SZL amounts use our Convert USD to SZL quick calculator.

Swaziland Currency Info

Frequently Asked Questions

What currency should I use in Swaziland?

The domestic currency in Swaziland is the Swazi Lilangeni.

What is the Swazi Lilangeni currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Swazi Lilangeni is SZL — symbol is L.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Swazi Lilangeni?

U$ 100 converts to L 1,796

Which countries use the Swazi Lilangeni?

It is the domestic currency in Swaziland.

Is the Swazi Lilangeni a closed currency?

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

Swazi Lilangeni (SZL) in the markets

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

ALERTS:7-DAY3.5% 🔔| 90-DAY HIGHS 🔔 |
USD/SZL at 17.96 was trading 17.2% above AVG:15.32 with LO:14.01 and HI:17.96 (90 days). ALERTS: USD/SZL was UP 3.5% this 7-DAY period and also rose to 90-DAY HIGHS.

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Swaziland

Unlike South Africa, eSwatini has managed to hold on to that slow-down-this-is-Africa feeling and that’s why it’s gaining in popularity. Everything remains small and personable and the atmosphere is remarkably relaxed. Instead of making a flying visit here on your way to Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal or Mozambique, consider staying at least a week to do the country justice. If you plan a visit during the winter months, try to make it coincide with the Umhlanga (reed) festival, one of Africa's biggest cultural events.

In short: big things come in small packages. The intriguing Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) is diminutive but boasts a huge checklist for any visitor. Rewarding wildlife watching? Tick. Adrenaline-boosting activities such as rafting and mountain biking? Tick. Lively and colourful local culture, with celebrations and ceremonies still common practice? Tick. Plus there are superb walking trails, stunning mountain and flatland scenery, varied accommodation options and excellent, high-quality handicrafts.

Currency tips for eSwatini.

Swaziland’s local currency is the Lilangeni (SZL), whose value is equal to that of the South African rand. (Rand dollars may be used in the country as well.) One U.S. dollar is equal to approximately seven Lilangeni. There are VISA ATMs in major towns in Swaziland, dispensing Emalangeni.

How to get around in eSwatini?

Minibus shared taxis are the main form of public transport in eSwatini. They run almost everywhere, with frequent stops en route. They leave when full; no reservations are necessary. Local buses connect towns and villages throughout the country. Most start and terminate at the main stop in central Mbabane; they are slightly cheaper than minibuses but are slow and often overcrowded.

Minibus shared taxis don’t have stellar road-safety records, but fares are cheap and the network is comprehensive. The downside is that journeys can be slow, with constant stops and long waits to fill the seats. Larger cities have private taxi services. They are much more expensive than shared taxis, though it is important to remember that the price is negotiable. It's best to ask your accommodation to phone for a taxi rather than hailing one on the street – the vehicle will likely be better quality and you can ask your accommodation for a reputable company.

The 301km of train track in eSwatini is only for cargo freight – there are no passenger trains.

Swaziland Airlink runs several daily flights to eSwatini's King Mswati III International Airport from Johannesburg's OR Tambo.

Travel tips for eSwatini.

The ideal time to travel to Swaziland is between the months of May and October. Try not to visit the country at any time between November and April, when it’s hot and rainy and there’s an elevated risk of contracting malaria, or in December and January, when crime often spikes.

Visas are not required for tourists and business travelers visiting Swaziland for fewer than 60 days. Most people traveling to Swaziland enter through South Africa. Travelers heading to South Africa are strongly encouraged to have several unstamped visa pages in their passports. For additional information on Swaziland’s visa requirements, contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Drakensburg is a vast mountain range on the border of South Africa and Lesotho. It is popular with backpackers who enjoy taking the winding mountain trails between Underberg and Khotso. There is a variety of walks to suit people of all abilities. There is even the option of taking a horse trek higher into the mountains. The spectacular views are well worth the ride and the Basutu ponies are excellent with children.

At Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary here the wildlife wander right past your window, even when you are staying in something as noticeable as a colonial style bungalow. The Miliwane Wildlife sanctuary is in Swaziland where there are very few of the dangerous animals. This means that it is possible to take a horseback safari and get within spitting distance of many wild animals.

It is possible to travel to South Africa and Swaziland under your own steam; this allows you to choose your own routes and destinations. For those who prefer to know in advance where and when they will be, it is possible to book through one of the many reputable holiday companies. You can also strike a happy medium by arranging a tour for part of your stay, as there are many knowledgeable and friendly guides connected with all the nature reserves. Most of them will know of places which you would never find on your own.


Travel money for Swaziland

Save money and time by Ordering your Swazi Lilangeni online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the SZL 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 Swazi Lilangeni otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


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Sending money to Swaziland

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Swaziland you need to start with finding out the latest Swazi Lilangeni 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 Swaziland

When sending money to Swaziland 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 Swazi Lilangeni 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 SZL amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Swaziland.

Use our Send to Swazi Lilangeni 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 Swazi Lilangeni deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Swazi Lilangeni to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.055930 Mar 2020
7 Day0.056724 Mar 2020
30 Day0.065401 Mar 2020
3 Month0.070901 Jan 2020
1 Year0.070301 Apr 2019
5 Year0.083502 Apr 2015
10 Year0.137503 Apr 2010

Swazi Lilangeni to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.050730 Mar 2020
7 Day0.052524 Mar 2020
30 Day0.059201 Mar 2020
3 Month0.063201 Jan 2020
1 Year0.062801 Apr 2019
5 Year0.076802 Apr 2015
10 Year0.101703 Apr 2010

Swazi Lilangeni to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.045230 Mar 2020
7 Day0.048124 Mar 2020
30 Day0.051201 Mar 2020
3 Month0.053501 Jan 2020
1 Year0.053801 Apr 2019
5 Year0.056302 Apr 2015
10 Year0.090103 Apr 2010

Swazi Lilangeni to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.090630 Mar 2020
7 Day0.094924 Mar 2020
30 Day0.101101 Mar 2020
3 Month0.100901 Jan 2020
1 Year0.098901 Apr 2019
5 Year0.110102 Apr 2015
10 Year0.149703 Apr 2010

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