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Money and costs

Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 04, 2019 10:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Guesthouse or dorm bed: HK$180–450
  • Meals at a cha chaan tang (teahouse) or dai pai dong (food stall): HK$60–150
  • Museums (free); night markets (free); horse races (HK$10)
  • Bus, tram, ferry ticket: HK$2.60–15
  • Double room in a hostel or budget hotel: HK$450–1100
  • Chinese dinner with three dishes: HK$300
  • Drinks and live music: HK$500
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a boutique or four-star hotel: HK$2200
  • Dinner at a top Chinese restaurant: from HK$800
  • Cantonese opera ticket: HK$200

The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). ATMs are widely available; international debit/credit cards are accepted in most places except budget Cantonese restaurants.


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

  • Restaurants Most eateries, except very cheap places, impose a 10% to 15% service charge. At budget joints, just rounding off to the nearest HK$10 is fine.

  • Bars and cafes Not expected unless table service is provided, in which case 10% will often be automatically added to your bill.

  • Taxis Tips are never expected, but many people leave the small change.