Suriname Dollar (SR$)
Budget: Less than SR$250
- Budget hotel room: SR$150–200
- Chicken-and-vegetable roti: SR$25
- Bike rental per day: SR$45
- Paramaribo taxi ride: SR$10–20
- Double room in a midrange hotel: SR$200–500
- Water taxi across the Commewijne River: SR$50
- Entrance to Fort Zeelandia: SR$25
- Meal in a midrange restaurant: SR$50–100
Top end: More than SR$600
- Double room in a top end hotel: SR$500
- Flight to jungle airstrip: SR$1000
- Top-end meal in Paramaribo: SR$200
- Taxi from airport to downtown Paramaribo: SR$200
Bargaining is not customary at shops in Suriname, but may be undertaken at markets and street stalls.
Although the official unit of currency is the Surinamese dollar (SR$), some businesses quote prices in euros or US dollars. Most banks will accept major foreign currencies, but you may run into difficulty trying to change Guyanese dollars and Brazilian reals. Republic Bank ATMs are the most reliable at accepting foreign cards. You can get credit-card advances at some banks and some hotels. Most hotels, better restaurants and travel agencies – but hardly anywhere else – accept credit cards, usually for a fee.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
- Restaurants Customers are expected to leave a tip of around 10% on restaurant bills, though check to see if it has already been added to the bill before you do so.
- Bars Tipping is not expected in bars.
- Taxis Rounding up with cabs is appreciated, though not always expected.