The official currency is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into 1,000 fils. Notes come in denominations of 20, 10, 5 and 1 dinars and 500 fils. The Bahraini Dinar is linked to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1=BD 0.375. Money can be exchanged at the airport, bureaux de change (which usually offer the best rates), commercial banks in Manama or at moneychangers operating in the souq. ATMs are available in the larger towns. Credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at hotels and the larger retail stores, but smaller shops generally prefer cash. It is easiest to carry travellers cheques in US dollars to avoid additional charges. Most offices, businesses and government departments are closed on Fridays, as it is a weekly holiday. Banks are usually open 7.30am to 12pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and 7.30am to 11am Thursdays.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Bahrain||BHD 1||BHD 5||BHD 10||BHD 100||BHD 1,000|
|Australia||A$ 2.56||A$ 12.80||A$ 25.59||A$ 255.93||A$ 2,559.30|
|Canada||C$ 2.69||C$ 13.46||C$ 26.92||C$ 269.19||C$ 2,691.88|
|Ireland||€ 2.08||€ 10.41||€ 20.82||€ 208.25||€ 2,082.50|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 3.32||NZ$ 16.61||NZ$ 33.22||NZ$ 332.24||NZ$ 3,322.35|
|South Africa||R 22.29||R 111.45||R 222.90||R 2,229.05||R 22,290.46|
|United Kingdom||£ 1.72||£ 8.61||£ 17.22||£ 172.19||£ 1,721.93|
|United States of America||US$ 2.64||US$ 13.18||US$ 26.36||US$ 263.57||US$ 2,635.74|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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