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Money and costs

Currency
Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated October 16, 2018 3:29PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
TT$785
  • Guesthouse double room: TT$400
  • Carry-out lunch and dinner: TT$120
  • Museum admission: TT$10
  • Beer: TT$10
  • City transport ticket: TT$3
  • Route taxi fare: TT$5–10
Midrange
TT$785–1640
  • Hotel room: TT$785
  • Restaurant lunch and dinner: TT$300
  • Guided tour: TT$350–$750
  • Short taxi ride: TT$60
Top end (more than)
TT$1640
  • Hotel room: TT$1340–2000
  • Fine-dining lunch and dinner: TT$300–500

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, be it TT$ or US$.

Tipping

Tipping has not traditionally been part of Trinidad and Tobago culture, though it is increasingly common.

  • Restaurants Many restaurants add a 10% service charge to bills; if not, a tip of 10% to 15% is customary.

  • Bars High-end or tourist-oriented bars may have a tip box on the bar; it's up to you if you want to contribute.

  • Chambermaids It's usual to leave TT$100 or so at the end of a stay.

  • Grocery stores If packers bag up your shopping, wheel your trolley to your car and pack it into the vehicle for you, give a tip of TT$5 to TT$10.

  • Taxis Don't tip maxi-taxi or route-taxi drivers. Tipping private taxis is not expected but will be appreciated.