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Bahrain Currency
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The Dinar is the official currency in Bahrain.

1 Dinar (BD) = 1,000 fils.

Notes are in denominations of BD 1, 5, 10, and 20. Also 500 fils.

Coins are in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 fils.

Credit & debit cards

Diners Club, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in hotels, major stores and restaurants. Smaller shops may rather deal in cash. Please check with your credit or debit card issuer for information on merchant acceptability or other services that may be available.

Traveller's cheques

Foreign tourists are advised to take traveller's cheques in United States Dollars in order to avoid extra exchange rate charges.

Currency Exchange

Currency can be easily exchanged at the airport, at most hotels and in banks and bureaux de change. The rates at the bureaux de change are more preferential than at the airport or at hotels. There are some ATM's in Manama that are connected to international networks.

Exchange rate indicators

The following figures should be perceived as a guide to the movements of the Dinar against the US Dollar and UK Pounds Sterling:
 
Date Oct’07
UK £1.00=
0.785
US $1.00=
0.377
 
Currency restrictions

The import and export of local and foreign currency is unlimited.

Banking hours

Banks are open from Saturday to Wednesday 7.30 am to 12 noon and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, and Thursday from 7.30 am to 11.00 am.

Government offices, businesses and most other offices are closed on Fridays which are weekly holidays.
Useful travel links
MasterCard ATM Locator Location of any ATM that accepts MasterCard
Oanda International Currency and foreign exchange services
VISA ATM Locator Location of any ATM that accepts VISA cards