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Currency in Zanzibar

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Currency in Zanzibar

Hi all.

Looking for a definitive answer on money in Zanzibar please.

Is it best to use us dollars, or swap for Tanzanian Shillings when we arrive?

As far as I can tell Stone town appears to be the only place to exchange and we will be staying in the north of the island?

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: Currency in Zanzibar

Normally dollars are used. However, for small purchases in bazaars or markets, shillings are required. Change a few dollars in shillings, just what you need for these purchases.

Yes, you can change the currency in Stone Town, but hotels also offer this service.

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2. Re: Currency in Zanzibar

Many thanks that's very helpful

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Hello! I've just read your comments. 1 US$ is the same of how much shillings? Any of you know the name of a currency house in Zanzibar?

Thank you!!

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4. Re: Currency in Zanzibar

Diego, 1$ = 2.285 shillings (today's change)

You can change the currency at the airport, or at one of the many Bureau De Change in Stone Town.

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Thank you for your reply!

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