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The Low Down on Mexican Currency

Currency:

Peso

Currency code:

MXN

Central Bank:

Bank of Mexico

Currency symbol:

$

Currency sub unit:

centavo

Sub unit symbol:

¢

Bank notes:

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

Coins:

10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20 $25, $50




The Mexican Peso (MXN, $) is the official currency of Mexico, and is the third most traded currency in Latin America after American Dollars (USD) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).

The Mexican Peso, or MXN, derives from the original eight-piece Spanish Dollar which was minted in silver and issued in Mexico during Spanish rule. The word “peso” literally means “weights” in Spanish, and refers to the gold or silver weights that took the currency’s original form.



Mexican Pesos come in both coins and notes. Denominations of coins include 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 and 20 Pesos. Note denominations include 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 Pesos.



What to spend your pesos on**:

  • *

    Local bottle of beer

    19 MXN *

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    1l of milk

    18 MXN *

  • *

    Mid range meal for 2

    500 MXN *

  • *

    Local bus ticket

    9 MXN *

  • *

    Ticket for Lucha Libre wrestling

    300 MXN *

How many pesos will I need?**

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Must-sees in Mexico

Mexico city skyline sunset
  • Mexico City
  • Mexico City is Mexico’s densely populated capital city, and a must-see on any trip to Mexico. The city boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, street food galore, and world-class archeological museums.
Oaxaca landscape
  • Oaxaca
  • Located in South-Western Mexico, this UNESCO world heritage city is famous for mescal, colourful buildings, ancient Mesoamerican archeological sites, and is widely considered the gastronomic capital of Mexico!
Mexican pyramid by the sea
  • Tulum
  • Tulum is the perfect location to experience a Mexican beach destination at its best. Explore the coastline, visit Mayan ruins, try your hand at cave diving, or simply relax in the sun.

Buying pesos online is easy

Order pesos 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 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!

FAQ relating to Mexican currency

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  • Is cash or card better in Mexico?

    Credit cards are widely accepted in Mexico, with most large stores, hotels, and restaurants accepting them. However, some smaller stores and street vendors may only accept cash. As such, it is advisable that you bring some cash along with you to not miss out on any Mexican experiences.

  • Are US Dollars accepted in Mexico?

    US Dollars are accepted in Mexico, but not everywhere. You will find that in very touristy areas such as resorts, US Dollars may be accepted. Keep in mind that when paying with US Dollars however, the merchant may charge you more than if you paid with local currency.

  • How can I keep my money safe in Mexico?

    Ensure you take all regular precautions when travelling through Mexico. This includes only taking out cash you need for the day, investing in a travel money belt, and avoiding using ATMs at night or in deserted areas. Always remember to carry valuables such as your passport and credit cards in a money pouch.

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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.

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