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


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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.

Euro zone€1L28.03
New ZealandNZ$1L16.30

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.


  • 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.