Botswana's currency is the pula', often locally symbolised as "P"; its ISO 4217 code is BWP placed directly before the amount with no intervening space.

Banknotes circulate in denominations of BWP10, BWP20, BWP50, BWP100 and BWP200. You can find 5, 10, 25, and 50 thebe coins, together with BWP1, BWP2 and BWP5 pieces and 100 thebe equals one pula. In Setswana, pula means "rain" and thebe means "shield." Rough conversions were BWP8.96=USD1, BWP12.35=€1, BWP14.99=GBP1 and BWP0.829=ZAR1 in Mar 2014.


For the independent traveller prices in Botswana compare to neighbouring South Africa. Notable exceptions are petrol and diesel which are about a third cheaper in Botswana, and alcohol, which is about a third more expensive.