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Keen on witnessing the wild wonders of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania? Here’s some handy advice on managing cash and card payments in Tanzania.
Where can I get Tanzania currency?
The Tanzanian shilling is essential for travellers, yet it’s not widely available in the UK. You’ll need a trusted currency provider if you’re looking for local currency before your trip.
Say goodbye to online searching hassles! Manor FX is one of the only exchange bureaus in the UK that sells Tanzanian shillings. Buy your Tanzanian money hassle-free online from us.
We promise fantastic exchange rates, giving you more bang for your buck on your Tanzanian adventure!
If you’re near Heathrow, collect your shillings directly from our Manor FX bureau. Expect the same top rates in person!
Can you buy Tanzanian shillings in the UK?
Absolutely! You can acquire Tanzanian shillings in the UK through our online exchange service.
Explore our user-friendly currency exchange platform to get the Tanzanian shillings you need. And, if you spend over £750, rejoice with free delivery. Convert your GBP to Tanzanian shillings efficiently and set off on your holiday!
Should I exchange money before I travel to Tanzania?
Yes, taking Tanzania money before touching down is a wise move. While currency exchange is available in Tanzania, arriving with local cash is handy.
This ensures you can cover immediate expenses like transport or snacks. It’s a practical step, ensuring you have funds as soon as you set foot in Tanzania.
What is the best currency to bring to Tanzania?
The Tanzanian shilling is the official currency of Tanzania, so it’s handy to stock up on the local currency before travelling. Using Tanzanian shillings is essential for smaller purchases, visiting the local markets, and transportation in Tanzania.
Like many other African countries, you’ll find that almost every exchange desk in Tanzania welcomes US dollars. It’s a convenient choice for travellers, and exchanging them for local currency is usually trouble-free.
Quick reminder: Dollar notes printed before 2009 will not be accepted.
Tanzania attracts a significant number of european tourists and expatriates. As a result, the euro is a valuable currency to bring along. The euro is readily accepted at airports and various locations across Tanzania, including Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, and Arusha.
Does Tanzania accept euros?
Yes, euros are accepted in major cities or tourist spots in Tanzania. However, the primary and widely used currency for transactions is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS).
When visiting local markets and smaller towns, it’s a good idea to exchange your euros for Tanzanian shillings. Having the local currency on hand for most transactions during your stay in Tanzania is always a good practice.
Can I use my bank card in Tanzania?
Yes, you can swipe your bank card in Tanzania, but many places prefer cash. Tanzania shillings are essential in smaller locales, local markets, and for minor buys.
The major cities and some large resorts might accept card payments. However, having cash and card in your wallet ensures flexibility.
A quick tip: Always let your bank know about your travels to prevent card usage hiccups abroad.
Do I need cash in Tanzania?
Absolutely! Here’s why using Tanzanian shillings in cash makes sense:
- Widespread acceptance: Cash is king, especially in local markets and rural areas.
- Local currency benefits: Avoid unexpected fees or unfavourable conversion rates.
- ATM availability: While ATMs are in cities, carrying cash ensures you’re always ready.
- Bargaining power: Cash is crucial for haggling in markets, giving you the best deals.
- Currency exchange: Swap your GBP or other major currencies for Tanzanian shillings at banks or exchange outlets. Having some shillings on hand is always useful.
Remember to convert your leftover Tanzanian shillings to pounds when you return from your trip.
Is it better to use cash or credit card in Tanzania?
In Tanzania, cash is typically more useful. But, a credit card can be a good backup. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Cash: Tanzanian shillings are universally accepted, especially for everyday costs.
Credit card: Used at hotels, restaurants, and bigger businesses, but cash may be more accepted.
Overall, Having a mix of both for daily transactions in Tanzania is practical.
How much cash should I take to Tanzania?
The amount of cash you should take to Tanzania largely depends on your travel plans, but here’s a quick guideline:
Transportation in Tanzania is very affordable; you can hop on the dala dala (minibuses) to get around everywhere. It’s about 400 TZS for a one-way journey into the city. A Taxi drive around the city costs around 20,000 – 40,000 TZS, around £13.
In Tanzania, you can enjoy some delicious dishes like mshikaki (marinated beef), chips mayai (egg mixed with fries) and nyama choma (grilled meat).
These mouthwatering options will typically set you back around 2300 – 7000 TZS. That means savouring local cuisine can be as budget-friendly as just £5 per day.
For your adventure, plan to budget around £73 per day, which is roughly 224,120 TZS. This covers everything you need, from a comfy place to stay, tasty meals, and even an exciting trip to one of Tanzania’s national parks!
How can I avoid ATM fees in Tanzania?
Avoiding ATM fees in Tanzania can be challenging, but here are some helpful tips:
Use ATMs at major banks like the National Bank of Tanzania (NBT) and withdraw larger amounts of cash at once to reduce the number of transactions and associated fees.
It’s also a good idea to look for ATMs in tourist areas. You may find machines catering to international visitors with lower fees.
Is life expensive in Tanzania?
Life in Tanzania is very affordable:
- Transportation, including public buses and shared taxis, is inexpensive.
- Entrance fees to museums, historical sites, and attractions are generally affordable.
- Everyday items, clothing, and souvenirs vary in price but are often affordable.
While Tanzania is relatively affordable for travellers, planning your budget based on your travel preferences and activities is essential.
How does tipping work in Tanzania?
Here’s a general guide on tipping in Tanzania:
- Restaurants and cafes: Leave a tip of around 5-10% of the bill.
- Hotels: Tipping hotel staff, such as bellhops and housekeepers, with a few thousand Tanzanian shillings (TZS) is common.
- Tour guides and drivers: A tip of around £4-£8 per day for guides and drivers is a standard practice.
- Porters: Tipping porters a few thousand TZS per bag is customary at train stations and airports.
- Street vendors and small services: Rounding up the bill or offering small change is a kind gesture.
Is it rude not to tip in Tanzania?
Not tipping isn’t seen as impolite. It’s your call!
Is Tanzania a cheap country to visit?
Yes! From food, lodging, to transport, Tanzania offers value. Whether you’re dining, sightseeing, or shopping, you’re in for a treat without breaking the bank.
Banknotes in Tanzania
The banknotes currently in use in Tanzania are those of the series of 2011. Older banknotes, dated 2003, are no longer in use.
The Tanzanian shilling banknotes come in denominations of 500 TZS, 1,000 TZS, 2,000 TZS, 5,000 TZS and 10,000 TZS.
Tanzanian banknotes are vibrant and feature a mix of prominent Tanzanian figures, wildlife, and significant landmarks.
While all denominations are widely accepted, for small everyday transactions, it’s useful to have a mix of lower and medium denominations on hand. Find out more about the history of Tanzanian currency here.
Coins in Tanzania
Tanzanian coins range from 50 shilingi to 500 shilingi. Tanzanian coins showcase a variety of designs that reflect the country’s rich heritage, culture, and nature.
How much cash can you take to Tanzania?
Travellers can bring in any amount of foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding USD 10,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) must be declared upon arrival using the relevant customs form.
Foreign Currency: When leaving Tanzania, any foreign currency amount that’s equivalent to or more than USD 10,000 (or its equivalent) must be declared.
Remember, while these regulations provide a general guideline, currency controls and regulations can change. It’s always a good idea to check the latest regulations ahead of your trip.
Where can I Order Tanzanian shillings?
Order Tanzanian shillings online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Tanzanian shillings online.
Selling back Tanzanian shillings
If you have Tanzanian shillings to sell, follow this link to exchange Tanzania currency to GBP, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘TZS Tanzanian shilling’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Tanzanian shillings.
Yes, most travellers need a visa to visit Tanzania.
You’ll need a visa if you’re a British passport holder planning to visit Tanzania for tourism or business. Tanzania now offers an ‘e-visa’ system where you can apply and get approval online before your trip.
Please note that you can no longer obtain a visa from the Tanzanian High Commission in London.
For Tanzania, it’s recommended to have:
- Yellow Fever (especially if coming from an endemic area)
- Hepatitis A
- Malaria prophylaxis. Always consult with your GP or travel clinic well in advance to get the necessary vaccinations.
The best time to visit Tanzania depends on what you’re keen to experience:
- For a safari: June to October is the dry season and offers excellent wildlife viewing.
- To climb Mount Kilimanjaro: January to March or June to October.
- Beach holiday in Zanzibar: June to October or December to February.
Remember, Tanzania is a gem any time of the year. Plan according to your interests!
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