Compare South African rand exchange rates

Get the best deal on pound to rand exchanges and you will have more to spend on your trip to the rainbow nation of South Africa; compare rates here.

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

13 results found, sorted by affiliated products first. How we order our comparisons. Commission earned affects the table's sort order.
No1 Currency Travel Money
Exchange rate
Delivery fee
Free delivery
£750 gets you
No1 Currency is rated 'Excellent' on Trustpilot for their rates and service. The only provider where you can reserve your rate online and pay later in store. UK-wide pick up locations, or next day Home Delivery service, with free delivery over £750.
Indicative rates are for the Click and Collect service, Home Delivery may vary. Maximum order for home delivery is £2,500.
Available Direct
UK Residents

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.

South African rand FAQs

About our South African rand comparison