The currency of Sri Lanka money exchange rate

The exchange rate of Sri Lanka

The exchange rate of Sri Lanka is fairly stable, though its value is slowly but surely declining relative to the dollar. One Russian ruble is worth about 2.5 rupees, so in order to convert the amount from rupees to rubles, just divide the value in rupees of two and a half, for example: RS 100 / 2.5 = 40 rubles. Or more simply, multiply the amount in rupees to 4 and remove one zero, i.e., RS 100*4 = 400 - remove zero = 40 rubles.

The currency exchange rate (Sri Lankan rupee) on 05/09/2018

1000 rupee (LKR) = 420,92 Rubles (RUB)
1 Euro (EUR) = 187,54 LKR
100 Rubles (RUB) = 237,57 LKR
1 United States Dollar (USD) = 161,89 LKR
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The Currency Of Sri Lanka

Деньги Шри-Ланки

The currency of Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupee (Sri Lankan Rupee). And is denoted by LKR Rs. This is a fairly stable currency, and its exchange rate against global currencies change infrequently and smoothly.

1 rupee is divided into 100 cents. In the course notes 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupees. Coins come in 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees. Coins in 25, 50 cents are uncommon and are hardly used.

To bring to Sri Lanka can dollars and euros. Not much difference and you can change one and the other. To pay always accepted in local currency, although tourism services, hotel accommodation, can be paid in dollars, but the benefit is not in your favor. Categorically it is not necessary to pay dollars in the markets, in stores or restaurants, because even if you agree to accept such payment, give change in local currency at an unfavorable rate.

Where to change currency in Sri Lanka

Обменник в Шри-Ланке

To change the currency in Sri Lanka can be anywhere: in banks, exchange offices, hotels, jewelry and souvenir shops. Find exchange is possible in all larger cities and tourist areas. Maturities in remote areas problematic to find an exchange, so it is better to change money before sending in such places.

Usually "entrepreneurs" offer a slightly more favorable rate than banks and the airport in Colombo, however, it is advisable to make the exchange of official institutions, because private traders the risk of being cheated. The exchange rate at the airport is quite acceptable, but still somewhat less favorable than in the cities. In General, the exchange rate between different versions of exchange points minimum, so you can easily change at the airport and at the Bank and in the shops (only careful not to deceive).

The rate for large bills (50 and 100 dollars) is slightly higher than for small. The difference in the rate between the exchangers, which are even on the same street opposite each other, can be substantial, so walk around a few exchange offices before making a decision. And in exchange offices it is possible to bargain and offer more favorable rates. Traditional assurances "Today the rate is lower than yesterday, because the dollar has fallen dramatically", can be heard everywhere, and it's always true. Bargain!

To exchange currency back, i.e. from rupees into dollars or euros at the airport when departing, but only with the help of the original exchange, which is issued only when in official exchange points. Some exchange offices in the exchange additionally keep a Commission.

And another small remark on the exchange: exchange a hundred dollars, you will receive quite a big wad of local notes, and changed $ 500, will be a long time to shove her pockets. Therefore, at least for the purpose of space saving and security, do not rush to change too much and change as needed.

Traveler's checks

In Sri Lanka you can easily exchange or to pay with traveler's checks. The exchange is made only in banks. However, it should be borne in mind that in the province even in the banks might not always accept to exchange traveller's cheques, and it is better to cash them in large cities.

Plastic cards

Plastic cards in Sri Lanka at the moment are quite common. To pay them is possible in large cities, in stores, in large hotels (but not all). ATMs are in every tourist area. Sometimes find ATMs even in the most remote provinces, where there are no tourists. But not all ATMs that can be found, allow you to withdraw money with international plastic cards Visa or Mastercard.

Keep in mind that Sri Lanka belongs many banks to high-risk countries when working with plastic cards. If you don't notify your Bank about the intention to use your card in Sri Lanka, it may be locked at the first transaction.

Import/export of currency in Sri Lanka

The amount of imported foreign currency in Sri Lanka is unlimited, but amounts over the equivalent of $15 000 (including travellers cheques) must be declared. When importing currency, subject to Declaration by the amount equivalent to more than $5 000 if you intend to export it back.

Indian and Pakistani currency is prohibited to import/export.

Import/export of national currency of Sri Lanka is limited to a maximum of 5000 rupees.

Tipping in Sri Lanka

Tipping in Sri Lanka is not required. However, the staff at the hotel, the waiter in the restaurant will be grateful for a few extra rupees. Moreover, a gratuity for the staff at the hotel (maid) can almost guarantee the safety of your belongings in the room. Don't be surprised at what some local can ask for money from you, even for simply supported conversation.

Usually give gratuities to drivers and porters at the hotel - $ 1-2. A maid in a hotel for housekeeping – $ 1-2 a week. Group guide 1-2 dollar personal tour guide $ 20.

In accounts of hotels, bars, restaurants included GST (of 12.5%), so to leave a tip there is no need.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 22 may 2017, 11:03
Hello! From India to Sri Lanka can only be reached as from any other country, any simplified procedure no including visa. So you need to buy tickets from India to Sri Lanka, and to issue an e-visa ETA. On the other way. ...
Paul M 15 Dec 2017, 00:15
Hello, I can not find any site where you can buy a ticket from Ella to Hikkaduwa on any train or bus. Also wanted to ask about the local mobile operators. Necessary mostly the Internet. Suggest some kind of network? Just there to buy a SIM card (Colombo) and what the price would be for a package where a few minutes, but a lot of the Internet? Thanks in advance ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 09:49
Hello Paul! And you will not find such a site. First, there are no such websites, electronic ticketing on trains and buses in Sri Lanka does not exist; and secondly, from Ella to Hikkaduwa can be reached only with a change in Colombo. Generally you do not see this as a big problem, tickets for 2 and 3 class will be able to buy on the spot right before the departure. Timetable here https://eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/homeAction.action?lang=en If you definitely want to travel first class in observation car, then it is better to buy in advance the plot of Ella-Colombo, but not necessarily. Available in advance through special sites to the Agency with a large wrap, but it will not be an e-ticket and the paper that you get in the place. On the Internet today, not to advise, has long not been there, but in General without problems to buy and use. If English little own in any shop with SIM cards explain what you need, you will be offered options. ...
Lauryn 15 Dec 2017, 17:33
Good evening! Going to Sri Lanka in the second half of January. If I'm on the ETA, do not tell me when it's ready? (including the upcoming NG) Or is it better to do it at the airport on arrival? I read that this is possible. Is this true? Thank you for your answer. ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 17:38
Do not see the advantages of what to do at the airport. First of all expensive and secondly have at the airport to spend more time, you need it. Make from home a few days everything will be ready. ...
Yanita 05 Feb 2018, 18:35
We are traveling with a child. In Thailand no problem we went with the baby on the motorbike. Can there be a problem with the police in Sri Lanka if the motorcycle will be 2 adults and a child? ...
admin 06 Feb 2018, 09:29
Hello! Yes, it seems that even we are not forbidden to carry on a motorcycle in the front seat, and after 12 on the rear. But in Sri Lanka, motorbikes for transport is generally not considered, all ride, and many times with children seen. Well, even if there are complaints, the police (police on the roads, by the way, very little), solve the problem on the spot. The cops are here Oh-Oh-Oh-ry is corrupt, everything can be solved for a few bucks. Do not swear with them, and smile and even laugh, and everything will be OK. P. S. in Kandy into oncoming traffic on the bike flooded, and then as luck COP. He blowed, poulybalis each other, turned around and went back. ...
Lukas 07 May 2018, 18:55
Hello! I'm going to Sri Lanka in about a month and have thoughts on renting a scooter when I'm in Ella and perhaps also in/around Arugam Bay. I only have my Swedish drivers license (I know more is required) but I wonder about the consequenses if being pulled over? I was several times in Bali and just paid for a temporary license the first time which I could then show when it happened again. How expensive would a fine be in Sri Lanka, it is high risk to get pulled over as a tourist on bike and also, what is worse case scenario if I do get pulled over? Answers would be appriciated! Regards Lukas ...
admin 09 May 2018, 05:13
Hi Lukas! You are right, officialy you need to get a local drivers permit. But on practice you don't really need this, actually like on Bali too. I have expirience in driving all around Sri Lanka, have met twice policemens on the road and they cheked-out my russian driving license, and I don't have any problems and fines. ...
Оксана1083 31 may 2018, 13:16
How much is one day delay in the visa. We have tickets for 32 days. And how to do better. To change tickets or expired visa to pay ...

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