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Money and costs

Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 27, 2017 10:43AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Guesthouse: HK$180–450
  • Meals at a cha chaan tang (teahouse) or dai pai dong (food stall): HK$60–150
  • Museums (free Wednesdays); night markets (free); horse races (HK$10)
  • Bus, tram, ferry ticket: HK$2.50–15
  • Double room in a hostel or budget hotel: HK$550–1100
  • Chinese dinner with three dishes: HK$350
  • Drinks and live music: HK$300
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a boutique or four-star hotel: HK$2000
  • Dinner at a top Chinese restaurant: from HK$800
  • Cantonese opera ticket: HK$400

ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants; some budget places only take cash.


  • Hotels A HK$10 or HK$20 note for the porter; gratuity for cleaning staff at your discretion.

  • Restaurants Most eateries, except very cheap places, impose a 10% to 15% service charge, but it is normal to still tip a little (under 5%) if you're happy with the experience. At budget joints, just rounding it off to the nearest HK$10 is fine.

  • Pubs and cafes Not expected unless table service is provided, then something under 5% of your bill.

  • Taxis Tips are never expected.