Report Syria Advice - Getting Syrian Currency in Travel/Local Community Posted November 6, 2009 I dont know much about stay expense since I have relatives there.Living expense is not much. Now I am not a big eater nor do I crave much fancy food. I will try to explain what I know:- A Beef or Chicken Shawerma, burger, egg sandwich, falafel : Around $1 if not less. Unless you are buying from a fancy place, one of these is never over $2- Bottled water 1.5L: Less than $1- Pepsi or Coke Drinks: Less than $1As a general rule, things are not usually more than $1-2 each. For $2-4 MAX I am usually full with leftovers in a bag. Two Falafels and a drink is not more than $2.Remember, this is street price, not restaurant price. Expect x2 or x3 that if you are in a fancy place in the markets or something.Taxi's: Ask for the Meter to be on. MANY will not have it on, and MANY will refuse to let you ride with it on. Untill you get an understanding of regular costs for the routs you take, I suggest waiting for a driver that will take you by the Meter. Note: Some drivers will tell you "meter plus half" or "two times the meter". This is normal in specific situations where traffic or other factors will give the driver trouble AFTER he drops you off. It is not too bad of a deal. Just DO NOT ride without discussing the meter FIRST. If he takes you without a meter he may ask for too much and yelling and screaming can happen. Meter plus half is a good deal. Few will take you for just the meter.Public Transit: IS CHEAP! So cheap you wont believe it! A ride in a bus was $0.25 last year, could have gone up to $0.30. They have the bus system really well built so that it can take you a maximum of 2 buses to get anywhere in the city of Sham. Learning the bus routs can save you a bit of cash. This is also a humbling experience.Internet Cafe: $1 per hour (as of Last year), could be cheaper.Ask me if you have any more questions. Also, my cousin runs a public bus route. His cell phone number is +963 932-702-588. If you're calling from within syria it is 0932-702-588. You can talk to bus drivers or taxi drivers about renting the taxi or bus for the day + the driver. It is not very expensive and it is really worth it to have someone local take you to all the cool places in syria. Syria is really huge with MANY great places to visit. Please do call my cousin, he is an older man (around 45), fears Allah, and is trust worthy. Call him if you want advice, if you are in trouble, if you want service, or if anything. Tell me a little about yourself, when your leaving, what you want to explore in syria, who or how many will be with you (friends, family). I can call him up and let him know you might be calling.