Madagascar Currency

Boat in Madagascar

The Madagascar currency is called the Malagasy ariary. The country’s currency used to be the Malagasy franc, but it was officially replaced by the ariary in 2005. Madagascar is the only country that uses the ariary for its currency.

The Malagasy ariary’s ISO code is MGA. Its abbreviation is Ar.

Each airary consists of five iraimbilanja, which are the equivalent of cents in many western currencies.

There are a number of airary notes and coins in circulation. Notes come in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000. Coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 iraimbilanja, and 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, and 50 ariary.

When you are visiting Madagascar, you can get currency at ATMs or foreign exchange desks in the Antananarivo airport and other places in the country. Make sure to have cash on you at all times, as many places in Madagascar do not accept credit cards. Small change is good to carry, as often people will not have change for large bills.

Antananarivo Airport in Madagascar

Arrivals sign at Antananarivo airport in Madagascar
Antananarivo Airport

Antananarivo airport is Madagascar’s main airport. Officially called Ivato International Airport, the airport’s IATA code is TNR, and the ICAO code is FMMI.

The airport is served by both domestic and international flights. There are international flights to Antananarivo airport from China, the Comoros Islands, France, Germany, Kenya, Mauritius, Reunion, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand, among others. There are also domestic flights to and from popular destinations like Antsiranana (formerly Diego Suarez) and Nosy Be.

The airlines that fly to Antananarivo airport include Air Austral, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Comores Aviation, Corsairfly, Kenya Airways, and South African Airways.

Antananarivo airport itself is small and basic, but has several shops, ATMs, and car hire desks inside, and taxi stands outside.

If you are flying out of Antananarivo in the morning, be prepared for long lines at security and minor flight delays. Air Madagascar operates many flights in the morning hours, and the congestion sometimes leads to slight flight delays from Antananarivo airport.

Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar

Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar is one of the most luxurious resorts in the country.

Located on a secluded peninsula on the northwestern coast of Madagascar, Anjajavy is accessible only by private plane.

Designed by French landscape designer Camille Muller, the hotel is an oasis of calm and a great getaway for world-weary travelers. The area is full of wildlife, from plant species to exotic birds and mammals.

Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar offers guests a chance to go sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, birdwatching, waterskiing, fishing, mountain biking, and boating.

There are also excursions, cave tours, village visits, and nature walks in the adjacent reserve that guests can participate in. For those in need of relaxation, massages are offered as well.

Guests at Anjajavy enjoy luxury rosewood villas with high-end amenities, and can have meals on the beach or on a terrace overlooking the Mozambique Channel.

Room rates at Anjajavy Hotel in Madagascar start at 210 euros per person per night for a double room and half board.