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Money and costs

Cordobas (C$)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 18, 2019 4:35PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: US$9–15
  • Typical meal: US$4
  • Museum admission: US$2
  • Local bus: US$0.15–1
  • Double bed in a midrange hotel: US$20–45
  • Restaurant meal: US$10–12
  • Adventure tour: US$25–30
  • Short taxi ride: US$2–3
Top end (more than)
  • Double bed in a luxury hotel: US$80–120
  • Gourmet meal: US$18–22
  • Car hire: US$40–60
  • Internal flight: US$100–120

ATMs are widespread in most midsize towns. Credit cards are widely accepted in larger towns. US dollars are widely accepted; keep córdobas for small purchases.


Tipping is not widespread in Nicaragua except with guides and at restaurants.

  • Guides Tipping guides is recommended as this often makes up the lion's share of their salary.

  • Restaurants A tip of around 10% is expected for table service. Some high-end restaurants automatically add this to the bill. Small and/or rural eateries may not include the tip, so leave behind a few coins.