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The Low Down on Brazilian Currency



Central Bank:

Central Bank of Brazil

Currency symbol:


Currency sub unit:

₢ (Centavo)



Bank notes:

R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100


5₢, 10₢, 25₢, 50₢, R$1

The Brazilian real is the official currency of Brazil and is abbreviated as BRL. One ‘real’ is made up of 100 centavos. The Brazilian real used today was introduced back in 1994; when introduced it was pegged against the US dollar at an exchange rate of 1:1. It uses a dollar-like symbol with the exception being that it has two vertical lines instead of one.

A bit of a difficult one to pronounce, it is actually pronounced "hey-al". The plural of the real is reais and is pronounced "hey-ice".

The most commonly used denominations are: R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100.

What to spend your real on:

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    3 course meal for 2

    120 reais *

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    Tourist t-shirt

    30 reais *

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    1.5l Bottle of water

    3 reais

  • *

    Postcard and a stamp

    5 reais *

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    One-way Ticket on Local Transport

    3.80 reais *

How many reais will I need?

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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
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Must-See Places in Brazil

  • Foz do Iguaca
  • You can't get to the Iguazu Falls, one of the world's most famous waterfalls on the border of Brazil and Argentina, without going through epic Foz do Iguaca.
  • Recife
  • It's the same old story in Recife: stunning beaches, historic sites and lots and lots of green. Known as the "Venice of Brazil," this city is on many tourists' hit list.
  • Parati
  • This beautiful former Portuguese colony sits on the Bay of Ilha Grande. Expect a paradise of lush tropical forests and emerald seas, butted up against mountains rising out from the coastline.

Buying Brazilian real online is easy

Order Brazilian real online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Real Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to Brazil.

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Travelling to Brazil in the Future?

Travelling to Brazil in the Future?

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North Lakes - best service, best rates

I have always found the North Lakes Travelex to have the best rates and quality service.


Recommend buying online

Recommend buying online. The money is ready before you know it. Speedy and friendly service.

Maria Flora Dottore

Once again fast and great value…

Once again fast and great value exchange rate.

Gary Houghton

Foreign cash the easy way

Easy to purchase via the website, very easy pick up from the kiosk at Chadstone.

S Pittman

Excellent Service and exchange rate

Excellent Service and exchange rate

Robin Latchem

An easy seamless process.

An easy seamless process. After ordering online I walked in and picked up our cash for various countries. The service was excellent.

John Fowler


quick, easy and best value for Australian $. This is the second time have you Travelex and would not hesitate to use them again

Keith Malcolm Smith

Mostly it was good there were a few…

Mostly it was good there were a few issues that were quickly fixed, however I have one issue right now and they haven't responded to my email yet, I sent that email about one week ago, I'm about to send another. Admittedly the issue is on my end but I'd still appreciate actual help.

Elanor Kaye Gooding

Trouble free process

Trouble free process. Money came even quicker than they first said.

Peter Noel Rodgers

Very quick and friendly.

Very quick and friendly.

Diane Frances Romein

Amazing rates and great service

Amazing rates and great service, money was able to be collected two days prior than the date they said was earliest available

Eamon O'Byrne

Great service

Great service, location link in email sent me to the other end of George street near world square. Maybe this needs to be looked at.


Currently the Aust dollar to the US…

Currently the Aust dollar to the US dollar is poor, it's good to see the occasional 'extra' little bit form Travelex when making an exchange. The process is easy and collection of the currency is simply and fast.

Michael William Keegan

Trying to find the right outlet was…

Trying to find the right outlet was difficult

Brian Gieschen

Extremely efficient

Extremely efficient. Thank yoy

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.