TT dollar (TT$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than 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


There isn't much scope for bargaining in T&T, though you may be able to negotiate a reduction on accommodation rates 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.


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$.


ATMs are widespread in all towns and tourist areas, and within most malls and supermarkets. Many banks have drive-through ATMs.

Changing Money

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.

Credit Cards

Most restaurants, hotels, dive shops, car-rental companies and more established guesthouses accept credit cards.

Exchange Rates

New ZealandNZ$1TT$4.83

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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.