Currency

Lempira (L)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than L1000

  • Dorm bed: L240
  • Double room in a budget hotel: L400
  • Simple meal: L80–120
  • Bus tickets: L20–250

Midrange: L1000–2000

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: L800
  • Diving course: L7000–8000
  • Admission to museums: L25–100
  • Short taxi trip: L100–200

Top end: More than L2000

  • Double room in a top-end hotel: L1800
  • Internal flight: L2000–3500
  • Long-distance taxi journey: L1000
  • Dinner in a top-end restaurant: L600

Bargaining

Crafts are fairly rare in Honduras, so you won’t have to haggle while shopping. Prices for many services are fixed, so there shouldn’t be any need to bargain: in large cities, for example, both colectivos and private taxis have a single fixed price for rides around town. Ask at your hotel what taxis should cost – if you get in knowing what the price should be, most drivers won’t argue.

Money

It's relatively easy to access money in Honduras: big towns and cities have plentiful ATMs. Credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels.

ATMs

  • There are cash machines in cities and towns throughout the country, though don't rely on them working in small towns.
  • ATM robberies are common: never use them at night, unless you're in a secure environment such as a mall.
  • In daytime use ATMs inside banks that have armed guards on patrol outside.

Cash

  • The unit of currency in Honduras is the lempira (L), which is divided into 100 centavos.
  • Many establishments give prices in US dollars, and are happy to accept payment in them too.
  • Banks will exchange US dollars and occasionally euros, although some will insist on clean, crisp bills only and no $20 bills. Bring your passport.

Credit Cards

  • Visa and MasterCard are accepted at most midrange and top-end hotels, as well as at some hostels, but expect a 5% to 10% credit card surcharge (which makes using them quite expensive in the long run).
  • Cash advances on cards are available at most banks in case of emergency.

Exchange Rates

The US dollar and (to a lesser extent) the euro are the only foreign currencies that are easily exchanged in Honduras; away from the borders you will even find it difficult to change the currencies of neighboring countries.

The table below shows currency exchange rates at the time of research.

AustraliaA$1L17.76
CanadaC$1L18.23
Euro zone€1L28.03
Japan¥100L21.81
New ZealandNZ$1L16.30
UKUK£1L31.53
USAUS$L24.03

Traveler’s Checks

Traveler's checks are extremely difficult to cash or use anywhere in Honduras. Most banks, hotels and other retailers want nothing to do with them.

Tipping

  • Cafes and comedores Tipping is not common in comedores, cafes or simple restaurants, but is appreciated.
  • Restaurants Upscale restaurants will automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill.