COVID-19: Stay up to date with our coverage on the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >





Syria Currency


The official currency is the Syrian pound (SYP), which is divided into 100 piastres. Travellers can change money at official exchange offices, hotels and at different shops; GBPs and USDs are the best foreign currencies to visit with. International sanctions have blocked ATMs and credit cards, so travellers will have to bring enough cash for the duration of their stay. If necessary, travellers can withdraw USD from most ATMs in Lebanon, as the capital, Beirut, is about a two-hour drive away from Damascus. Visitors can also exchange Syrian pounds for Lebanese pounds or USD in Beirut. They're unlikely to get the same opportunity outside of Lebanon.

Currency Exchange Rates

Become our Syria Travel Expert

We are looking for contributors for our Syria travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Syria or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.