Compare South African rand exchange rates from leading providers

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How to compare South African rand exchange rates


Run an exchange rate comparison

You may be able to get the best South African rand exchange rate deal for your travel by applying online and some providers only ever operate digitally, so to make sure you find the cheapest South African rand exchange rates comparing quotes on the internet is a must.


Compare your options

You'll want to ensure that you're getting the highest exchange rate with the lowest fees. Exchange rates and fees vary widely between providers have a look through your options, importantly focus on the overall cost and not just the exchange rate to find the best value South African rand exchange rate deal.


Choose delivery options

In some cases picking up your money at the airport or from a shop etc. can save on delivery fees. You will also want to ensure that the money will arrive in time for your trip. and once you have found the best South African rand exchange deal for your needs it's time to exchange the money.

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Actual rates may differ due to the fluctuating nature of currency exchange. For the latest rate please check with the provider.

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The secret to finding the best South African rand exchange deal

Compare as many travel money companies as possible before buying. You can do this by:

  • Using our South African rand comparison table to find the best exchange rate available online.

  • Looking out for any delivery costs, as some companies charge you for delivering South African rand.

Find the best deal on travel money by following the tips in this guide or for alternative ways to spend abroad read this guide.

How much can you take into South Africa?

You can only bring in up to 25,000 South African rand, or a combination of other currencies up to the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars.

Any amount above this will need to be declared to an official as you enter the country.

If you are going on a safari or exploring the South African wilderness you should bring enough cash with you as ATM's will not be readily available in remote areas.

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on travelling to South Africa

Where can you use the South African rand?

It is the official currency and can be used in South Africa as well as:

  • Lesotho; alongside the Lesotho ioti

  • Namibia; alongside the Namibian dollar

  • Swaziland; alongside the Swazi lilangeni

  • Zimbabwe

The South African Rand has the currency symbol R and is abbreviated to ZAR when found on the foreign exchange market or compared to other currencies in a bureau de change.

What notes and coins can you get?

A South African rand is made up of 100 cents and uses the following denominations:

  • Cent coins: 10, 20 and 50

  • Rand coins: 1, 2 and 5

  • Rand notes: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200

Be careful not to confuse the R20 and R200 notes as they are a similar colour.

When you order online you will only have South African rand notes delivered, not coins.

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Last updated: 4 April, 2022