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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$7–10
  • Bottle of beer: US$1.50
  • Three-hour bus ride: US$1.50
  • Bean-and-cheese pupusa: US$0.25
  • Surfboard rental per day: US$15
  • Room with double bed: US$20–60
  • Lunch for two in a restaurant: US$12–20
  • Short taxi ride: US$5–10
  • Half-day tour: US$40–50
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury hotel room: US$80–120
  • Day tour per person: US$80–100
  • Car rental per day: US$30
  • Fine dining for two: US$50–70

El Salvador's official currency is the US dollar. ATMs are plentiful, and credit cards, particularly Visa, are widely accepted.


  • Restaurants Tip 10%

  • Taxis It is not customary to tip taxi drivers, though rounding up the amount is appreciated