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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Room without bathroom: US$8–12
  • Meal in a local restaurant: US$5
  • Monastery entry fee: US$5–15
  • Double room with bathroom: US$30–60
  • Short taxi ride: US$1.50
  • Guide per day: US$40
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique or four-star hotel: US$90–150
  • Main course in a top restaurant: US$8–10

Bank of China (Branch) The most conveniently-located bank changes cash and travellers cheques without fuss. The currency exchange machine and ATMs dispense cash 24 hours a day. It’s just west of the Banak Shol Hotel.

Bank of China (Main Office) West of the Potala, this is the only place to arrange a credit-card advance (3% commission) or a bank transfer. Take a number as you walk in the door. The ATMs outside the building are open 24 hours.