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Money and costs

Currency
Taka (BDT)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated August 24, 2016 8:40AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
1500
  • Basic accommodation (no air-con, no hot water) Tk 500–750
  • Meal in local Bangladeshi restaurant Tk 80–150
  • Regional bus ticket Tk 80–200
Midrange
1500–4000
  • Decent room with air-con and hot-water shower Tk 2000
  • Meal at air-con restaurants serving Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi food Tk 300
  • Travel by non-air-con coach Tk 200
Top end (more than)
4000
  • Room in the best hotel in town, or any half-decent place in Dhaka Tk 4000
  • Meal in-house or at restaurants with international cuisine TK 1800
  • Travel by air-con coach or hire car Tk 600

Foreign card-friendly ATMs exist in most big towns and cities, but may be lacking in smaller towns. Every time you pull money out of an ATM using your foreign card, be prepared to pay a convenience fee that could amount to a few hundred taka. Stock up on taka when you can, and take some US dollars for emergencies.

Tipping

  • Hotels Attendants are happy with a tip of Tk 50 or Tk 100.

  • Standard Restaurants In most basic restaurants, it's not necessary to tip, although a Tk 20 note can light up a waiter's face.

  • Top End Restaurants In expensive restaurants in Dhaka that are mostly frequented by foreigners, waiters often expect a small tip, typically about 5% (on top of the service charge and VAT).

  • Taxis & CNGs Drivers don't expect tips in Bangladesh.