Money and Costs
TT dollar (TT$)
Budget: Less than TT$750
- Dorm room: TT$20–30
- Double room in a basic guesthouse: TT$300–400
- Carry-out lunch and dinner: TT$120–180
- Museum admission: TT$10
- Beer: TT$10
- City transport ticket: TT$3
- Route taxi fares: TT$5–10
- Double room in an upscale guesthouse: TT$450–600
- Hotel room: TT$675–1000
- Restaurant lunch and dinner: TT$300–500
- Short taxi ride: TT$60
- Car rental: TT$250
Top End: More than TT$2000
- Upscale hotel room: TT$1500–5000
- Fine-dining lunch and dinner: TT$400–800
- Guided tour: TT$350–$750
The official currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$), but many goods or services are priced in US$. We quote rates as they are given.
ATMs are widespread in all towns and tourist areas, and within most malls and supermarkets. Many banks have drive-through ATMs. All dispense TT$ currency only.
Cambios are nonexistent, so you'll need to visit banks, which will exchange a number of foreign currencies. You’ll generally get better rates for US dollars or euros.
Most restaurants, hotels, dive shops, car-rental companies and more established guesthouses accept credit cards. Contactless payment is available at large supermarkets and some service stations.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Tipping is not part of Trinidad and Tobago culture, though it's increasingly common.
- Restaurants If no service charge, tip 10% to 15%.
- Bars Not expected, but there may be a tip box.
- Hotels TT$100 or more for cleaning staff.
- Grocery stores TT$5 to TT$10 for shopping packers, and assistance wheeling trolley and packing vehicle.
- Taxis Don't tip maxi-taxis or route-taxis. Tipping private taxis is not expected but will be appreciated.
There isn't really a bargaining culture in TnT, though you may be able to negotiate a reduction on accommodation rates or tours during quiet times, or get a discount at market stalls or craft shops if buying several items. Everywhere else you're expected to pay the quoted price.