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What is Sri Lanka's Currency?


Sri Lankan rupee

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Central bank of Sri Lanka

Currency symbol:

රු, ரூ, Rs

Currency sub unit:


Bank notes:

රු.20, රු.50, රු.100, රු.500, රු.1000, රු.5000


25, 50 cents, රු.1, රු.2, රු.5, රු.10

The official currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee - abbreviated to LKR, with 1 rupee being divided into 100 cents.

The rupee is issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and has been the official currency in Sri Lanka since 1872.

Prior to the use of the rupee, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) used the British pound as its currency.

The most commonly used bills for the rupee are the 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 notes.

What to spend your rupee on**:

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    Street food meal

    258 LKR *

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    A cup of coffee

    366 LKR *

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    1 kg of tomatoes

    210 LKR *

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    ½ day at Elephant Freedom Project

    6,500 LKR *

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    A 1 km taxi ride

    50 LKR *

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Must-sees in Sri Lanka

  • Colombo
  • The capital city of Sri Lanka is well worth a visit; this sprawling metropolis is a mixed city where you’ll just as likely catch a tuk-tuk as find yourself admiring the stunning colonial architecture. A vibrant mix of modern and traditional cultures.
  • Yala National Park
  • Yala National Park is a must-see place for wildlife and nature lovers. This park has the densest population of leopards in the world. You’ll spy elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and more in this jungle paradise.
  • Sigiriya
  • Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Rock, is a natural wonder atop an eroded volcano. A mystic site, you’ll be able to explore ancient murals and poetry on the foundation walls atop the former fortress of King Kassapa.

Buying Buy Sri Lankan Rupee Online is Easy

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You can buy LKR online or in-store at any of our branches around Australia.

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FAQ Relating to Sri Lankan Currency LKR

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  • Can you use Indian rupees in Sri Lanka?

    No, the official currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee and you cannot use Indian rupees as these are two completely different currencies.

  • What is the symbol used for Sri Lankan currency?

    The main symbols for the rupee are රු, ரூ, Rs- the currency code is LKR.

  • Are credit cards widely accepted in Sri Lanka?

    Yes, most major credit cards are widely accepted in Sri Lanka.

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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.

*** Business days. Some stores open 7 days. The next available date will be displayed when ordering.

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