The Saudi Riyal rates below were last updated 1 minute ago
If you're travelling to Saudi Arabia soon you'll want to get the best deal on your Saudi Riyals. Our free comparison service compares the best Saudi Riyal rates from the biggest currency suppliers in the UK so you can see at a glance who is offering the top deals. We are currently comparing 19 suppliers selling Saudi Riyals in the UK with exchange rates ranging from 4.5182 to 4.7157.
But wait, it gets better! Many of the top suppliers listed above offer us exclusive exchange rates that are better than any other website which means if you order through us you could save even more money. We are so confident that you won't find better Saudi Riyal exchange rates on any other UK website that we challenge you to let us know if you find a better deal!
The Saudi Riyal is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of $1 USD = 3.75 SAR. Our statistics show that the average UK traveller takes around £800 Riyals with them to Saudi Arabia, which makes it one of the larger-than-average orders we see. There is not a huge variance in the exchange rates offered, which is not uncommon with pegged currencies but the online providers definitely come out on top in the comparison tables.
If you plan to exchange money in Saudi Arabia, avoid using the money changing services in hotels as these offer very poor rates. The best rates are found at banks and any of the bureau de change dotted around the towns and markets. You should take reasonable precautions if you are using a street vendor as they can be a hotspot for crime and fraud.
You can frequently use credit and debit cards in restaurants, shops and hotels but not with tour and excursion operators so you will need a stock of cash to see the best of Saudi Arabia. Consider a prepaid currency card as well as cash if you want to have the flexibility and security of both.
Saudi Arabia is a very conservative society and we strongly recommend that you make yourself familiar with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's travel advice for Saudi Arabia before you travel.
All visitors including pilgrims require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia. You must apply for a visa through visa agencies accredited to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
During the Hajj, all Muslim visitors travelling to Jeddah and Medina will need to have a valid Hajj visa. Non-Muslim visitors travelling to these destinations may be asked to explain the purpose of your trip or asked to show evidence of appointments before being allowed to board a flight to Jeddah. Any Muslim visitor arriving in Jeddah or Medina without a valid Hajj visa will be refused entry. This requirement does not apply to other airports or British residents in Saudi Arabia.
Pilgrims must leave Saudi Arabia from the same airport they arrived. If you take an internal flight from Jeddah to Medina, you may be required to show either a return flight to Jeddah or evidence that you intend to travel by land.
Over the past week the Saudi Riyal has dropped by 1.80% from last Friday's rate of 4.802 to today's rate of 4.7157 which means £750 will buy you SR64.72 less now than it would have a week ago. During this period the best rate we recorded was 4.802 on Friday and the worst rate was 4.7141 on Tuesday.
The 90 day outlook has seen the Saudi Riyal rate drop by 1.19% from 4.7723 on 20th May 2017 to 4.7157 today. Based on these figures, £750 would have bought you SR42.45 more three months ago that it would have today. We recorded a high rate of 4.8674 on 16th July 2017 and a low rate of 4.6412 on 21st June 2017.
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Updated: 17th August 2017
Latest update: Pilgrimage and Local Laws and Customs sections - updated 24-hour emergency hotline number for the 2017 Hajj; binoculars should not be brought into Saudi Arabia and may be confiscated at the port of entry; in 2018, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on 15 May and finish on 14 June.
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