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Gear up for your Qatar adventure with Manor FX.

We offer the best GBP to Qatari riyal exchange rates online, so you get more Qatari money for an unforgettable trip.

Choose safe delivery to your doorstep or pick up from our bureau near Heathrow. Our quick, easy online system makes getting your Qatari riyals a breeze. Convert British pounds to Qatari riyals with Manor FX.

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Ready to explore Qatar’s stunning deserts and vibrant Doha? We’ve got you covered with essential Qatar travel tips on currency in Qatar and card payments.

Can you buy Qatari riyal in the UK?

Yes, you can! It’s simple. But for the best rates, steer clear of banks and airports.

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old Arabian brass wares Qatar

Where can I buy Qatari riyals?

You can buy Qatari rials at major banks, post offices, and airport currency exchanges. 

Watch out for their high rates, though. They can dip into your spending money. 

Get the best rates by ordering your riyals online through Manor FX before your holiday.

Should I exchange money before I travel to Qatar?

Absolutely. Having some Qatari riyals ready for immediate expenses like transport and food upon arrival is smart.

What is the best currency to take to Qatar?

The local Qatari riyal is your best bet. It’s widely accepted, saving you from extra exchange fees. While some places might take US dollars, the rate won’t be as good. Stick to riyals for the best deal.

Arabic Traditional Hospitality Qatar

Can I pay with euros in Qatar?

In Qatar, the official currency is the Qatari riyal (QAR), and that’s what most businesses prefer for transactions. 

While some larger hotels and international shops might accept euros, it’s not common practice across the country. When they do take euros, the exchange rate might not be in your favour.

It’s always best to use the local currency, the Qatari riyal, for purchases to avoid issues with exchange rates or acceptance. This way, you’re set for all your payments, whether it’s for a taxi ride, a meal, or shopping at local markets.

Can I use my debit card in Qatar?

Sure, you can. Most places accept major debit and credit cards. But having some riyals for spots that don’t take cards is wise. Also, check with your bank about foreign transaction fees.

Should I use cash in Qatar?

Cash comes in handy in Qatar, especially for smaller purchases or places that don’t accept cards. Keep some riyals ready for taxis, markets, or small shops.

Aerial view of the Pearl-Qatar island in Doha through the morning fog. Qatar, the Persian Gulf

Should I use cash or card in Qatar?

Both have their ups and downs. Big hotels, malls, and eateries usually take cards but watch out for foreign transaction fees. 

Cash is great for smaller costs, taxis, or no-card zones. Mixing both usually works best.

How much cash should you take to Qatar?

When planning a trip to Qatar, how much cash to take depends on your travel style and budget. Here’s a rough guide for a week’s visit across three different budget levels:

Budget travel

  • Accommodation: Budget accommodations might cost around £40-£60 per night (180-270 QAR).
  • Food: Eating at local eateries could be around £5-£10 per meal (22.5-45 QAR).
  • Transport: Public transport might cost about £2-£4 per day (9-18 QAR).
  • Attractions: Budget for around £10-£20 for paid entries (45-90 QAR).
  • Daily budget: Approximately £50-£70 (225-315 QAR).

Total for 1 week: Around £350-£490 (1,575-2,205 QAR). It’s a good idea to have around £500 (2,250 QAR) to cover basics and small extras.

Mid-range travel

  • Accommodation: Mid-range hotels might cost about £80-£120 per night (360-540 QAR).
  • Food: Dining at mid-range restaurants could be around £15-£25 per meal (67.5-112.5 QAR).
  • Transport: For car rentals or occasional taxis, set aside £20-£30 per day (90-135 QAR).
  • Attractions: For tours and special experiences, budget £20-£40 per day (90-180 QAR).
  • Daily budget: Roughly £130-£200 (585-900 QAR).

Total for 1 week: Around £910-£1,400 (4,095-6,300 QAR). Bringing around £1,500 (6,750 QAR) would give you comfort and some leeway for unplanned expenses.

Luxury travel

  • Accommodation: Luxury hotels or resorts can cost £200-£400 per night or more (900-1,800 QAR).
  • Food: Fine dining could be £40-£100 per meal (180-450 QAR).
  • Transport: Private car hires or taxis might run £50-£100 daily (225-450 QAR).
  • Attractions: Exclusive experiences, like desert safaris or private tours, can cost £100-£200 (450-900 QAR).
  • Daily budget: Around £300-£700 (1,350-3,150 QAR).

Total for 1 week: £2,100-£4,900 (9,450-22,050 QAR). For a luxurious experience, consider bringing upwards of £5,000 (22,500 QAR).

These estimates are approximate and can vary based on your personal travel choices, the season, and any unforeseen expenses. Always have a mix of cash and a card that works internationally to ensure you’re covered in all situations. 

Don’t forget that you can exchange any leftover Qatari rials to pounds with us on your return.

Katara mosque in Doha Qatar exterior daylight view with clouds in the sky

Avoiding ATM fees in Qatar

To dodge ATM fees, see if your bank has partner banks in Qatar for free withdrawals. Some travel-friendly accounts cut or scrap foreign transaction fees. 

Or, withdraw larger sums less often to cut down on fees. But don’t carry too much cash around. Getting riyals from Manor FX at competitive rates before you go is smart.

Is it expensive to go to Qatar?

Qatar can be expensive, especially in flashy Doha. A mid-range restaurant meal might cost about 100 riyals (£20), and taxis start at around 12 riyals (£2.40). 

But groceries and public transport are more wallet-friendly. Plan your budget to enjoy Qatar to the fullest.

Tipping in Qatar

Tipping isn’t expected in Qatar, but it’s appreciated for good service. If there’s no service charge, 10-15% at restaurants is common. Round up for taxi drivers, and consider 10 to 20 riyals (£2 to £4) for hotel staff.

Souq Waqif is a souq in Doha, in the state of Qatar. The souq is noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs

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Qatar currency

Qatari riyal notes

Qatar uses the Riyal, abbreviated as QAR. Notes come in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 riyals. They feature Qatar’s landmarks and culture, like the Museum of Islamic Art and the Oryx.

Each note is a different colour for easy recognition. For example, the 100-riyal note is green. Having various denominations is handy for all sorts of purchases.

We’ll change any unused Qatar rials to GBP when you get back.

Current Qatari riyal banknote series

Qatari riyal coins

In Qatar, coins include 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 dirhams (100 dirhams = 1 riyal). They showcase the Qatari coat of arms and traditional items like the dhow. Coins are useful for small buys and public transport. 

It’s good to carry a mix of coins and notes. Exchange your GBP for Qatari riyals at Manor FX for the best rates online.

Qatari riyal dirham coins

Qatar’s currency import and export regulations

Qatar has its own rules for bringing in and taking out currency. You can carry up to 50,000 riyals (£10,000 approx) or its equivalent without declaring it. Above that, you need to declare it on arrival.

The same goes for leaving Qatar. Not declaring large amounts can lead to trouble. Always check the latest rules before your trip.

Getting Qatari riyals online

Exchange your British pounds to QAR with Manor FX and get them quickly and safely delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® the next working day.

Or, pick up your riyals from our Manor FX travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to order Qatari riyal online now.

Selling back Qatari riyals to GBP

Exchange leftover Qatari rials to GBP with Manor FX. Choose the ‘sell currency’ option and select ‘Qatari riyal (QAR)’ to change leftover QAR to pound sterling.

oriental spice souk. colorful containers with spices Qatar


As a UK national, you don’t need to apply for a visa before going to Qatar for short visits. You can get a visa waiver when you arrive. This waiver lets you stay in Qatar for up to 30 days. 

It’s free and can be extended for another 30 days. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from your arrival date.

For Qatar, there aren’t any specific vaccinations required for entry. But it’s a good idea to be up-to-date with routine vaccines like measles, mumps, and flu. 

Also, consider vaccines for hepatitis A and typhoid, especially if you plan to eat local food or stay with friends and family. 

Always check with your doctor before you travel to ensure you have what you need.

The best time to visit Qatar is between October and April. During these months, the weather is cooler and more comfortable for exploring. Summers in Qatar can be scorching, making outdoor activities challenging. The cooler months are great for sightseeing, attending outdoor events, and enjoying Qatar’s beautiful beaches.

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Qatar, but strict rules exist. Alcohol is available in some hotels, bars, and licensed clubs, but it’s expensive. You can’t buy alcohol in regular shops or drink in public places. Always respect local customs and drink responsibly in designated areas.

Yes, Qatar is generally friendly to tourists. The country is known for its hospitality and welcomes visitors from around the world. Tourists can enjoy a range of attractions, from modern cities to cultural sites. Just remember to respect local customs and traditions while you’re there.

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Qatari Riyals Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
  • with Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm
  • Better rates than the banks
You exchange:
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