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The Low Down on Colombian Currency


Columbian peso

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Banco de la República

Currency symbol:


Currency sub unit:


Bank notes:

$1000, $2000, $5000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000


$20, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1000

The official currency in Colombia is the peso - abbreviated to COP. Like many of the other South American pesos, 1 Columbian peso is divided into 100 centavos.

Pesos have been used in Colombia since 1810 when they replaced the use of the real. The central bank in Colombia is the Banco de la República, which issues the peso.

Since 2001 the Colombian Senate has been discussing the possibility of introducing a new peso worth 1000 old pesos, in a bid to streamline the amount of zeros currently recited on coins and banknotes.

What to spend your peso on**:

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    A cup of coffee

    3,750 COP *

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    Local bottle of beer

    2,470 COP *

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    3 course meal for 2

    60,000 COP *

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    Local bus ticket

    2,200 COP *

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    Entry to Cartagena old town

    18,000 COP *

How many Colombian pesos will I need?**

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Must-sees in Colombia

  • Medellin
  • Despite being dubbed one of the most dangerous city in the world in the 90’s, Medellin’s charm has been recaptured in recent times with its beautiful old architecture, rolling hills and decadent street sculptures. Walk the old quarter before turning the corner along a sprint of colourful houses surrounded by prolific street art; then settle down for a meal at one of the city’s buzzing eateries.
  • Eje Cafetero
  • Eje Cafetero literally translates to ‘coffee axis’ and encompasses the rural cities of Armenia, Pereira, and Manizales that lie in the Andean hills west of Bogota. Large producers of coffee, this subtropical region are a coffee connoisseur’s delight, offering tours and tastings in beautiful green settings among the rolling Andes.
  • Cartagena
  • The wondrously majestic city of Cartagena lies on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a colourful jewel upon the waters edge. One of the oldest cities in the region, Cartagena’s old town boasts regal colourful colonial architecture, bougainvillea-covered balconies and a secret labyrinth of streets to wander.

Buying Colombian pesos online is easy

Order Colombian peso 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 Colombian peso 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!

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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 pesos for your trip to Columbia.

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FAQ Relating to Columbian Currency

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  • Is the Colombian peso a restricted currency?

    The Colombian peso is considered to be a restricted currency, meaning there are limitations to the tradability of this currency. Fund transfers in Colombian pesos are not allowed outside of Colombia.

  • Are US dollars accepted in Colombia?

    While there may be a handful of places that accept USD as a form of payment, unlike many other South American nations, the majority of Colombia does not accept US dollars; therefore it’s recommend to change AUD into pesos before heading off to Columbia.

  • What credit cards are accepted in Colombia?

    The most widely-accepted credit cards in Colombia are Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You should be able to use these credit cards at most shops, hotels and restaurants.

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**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.

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