TT dollar (TT$)
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
- 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.
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.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
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.