How to buy South African Rand online

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Where can I use South African Rand?

  • South Africa
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Swaziland

How much spending money will I need for South Africa?

Although flights to Cape Town can be expensive, once you’re there, South Africa promises great value for money.

As with anywhere, prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Cape Town and Johannesburg are considerably more expensive than Port Elizabeth and Durban, and prices generally go down as you venture into smaller towns. But even in the big cities, food and drink is relatively cheap, and you can expect excellent value.

Here’s a breakdown of how much things should cost when you get there: 


Making your South African Rand go further

  • Get your cash in advance: If you get your South African from an ATMs abroad, it will charge transaction fees and high exchange rates, so it's a good idea to bring plenty of cash away with you. For the cheapest deals, order in advance with our home delivery service or click and collect services.

  • Load your South African rand on a travel money card: if you don't like carrying too much cash around, a prepaid travel money  card is a secure alternative. It works like a debit card in ATMs, shops and restaurants abroad (without the hidden fees), and is linked to an App on your phone for simple topping up and budgeting. 

  • Don't use your debit card: using your debit card abroad is expensive, with high transaction fees and poor exchange rates.

  • Always pay in local currency: if you do use your card abroad, you might be given an option on the card machine to pay in Sterling or South African Rand. To avoid higher fees, always choose to pay in South African Rand. 
Buy Back

Leftover South African Rand?

No problem. We'll buy back any notes you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 

South Africa costs


Beer is served in either a pot (285ml), a schooner (425ml - most popular) or a pint. The average price for a schooner of beer is around $5 (approx £3.80). FYI - they don't drink Fosters.


Taxi fares start at about $4 and will add $2 (£1.50) on for every half a mile. Australia is very much like the UK, in the fact that people use Uber as a cheaper way of getting around.


Need a different currency?

Whether you'd like your cash home delivered, or prefer to collect it in-store, we have more than 40 currencies on offer.

South African Rand FAQs

What's the best currency to use in South Africa?

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. US Dollars are also widely accepted. There are legal limits on the amount of money you are allowed to bring into the country. If you intend to enter with more than 10,000 rand, you should declare the amount on entry to South Africa.

Can you use US Dollars in South Africa?

Whilst the South African Rand is the currency in South Africa, US Dollars are widely accepted in hotels, shops, bars and restaurants across the country - particularly in tourist areas. 

What kind of currency is ZAR?

ZAR is the abbreviation for South African Rand, the currency in South Africa.  The South African Rand is made up of 100 cents and is often presented with the symbol R

How much should I tip in South Africa?

Tipping is standard practice in South Africa. 

Restaurants: South African Tourism advises tipping 10-15% of total bill (with parties of 6 or more, the restaurant will usually add it to your bill automatically)

Cafes: 10% of bill

Hotels: R10-R20

Taxis: tipping isn’t expected, but rounding up the fare will be appreciated

Safari/game lodge guide: 200-250 ZAR per day

Should I use cash or card in South Africa?

Card is widely accepted in South Africa. However, it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you as well for tipping and other small purchases.

ATMs are readily available throughout South Africa’s major cities, although may be harder to find when you venture into more rural areas.

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