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What is Tonga's Currency?



Currency symbol:

T$ or PT

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Central Bank:

National Reserve Bank of Tonga

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Currency sub unit symbol:


Bank notes:

T$1, T$2, T$5, T$10, T$20, T$50, T$100


1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, T$1

The official currency in Tonga is pa’anga - abbreviated to TOP. 1 Pa’anga is subdivided into 100 seniti. The term ‘hau’ refers to a denomination of 100 pa’anga but is not used in everyday life.

In Tonga the pa’anga is referred to as ‘dollar’ in English. The pa’anga is not convertible and is pegged to the AUD, NZD, USD and JPY.

The pa’anga – issued by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga - was introduced in 1967 and replaced the pound.

The most commonly-used bills for the Tongan pa’anga are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your paʻangas on**:

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    Street food meal

    10 TOP *

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    Bottle of water

    1.50 TOP *

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    Local bus ticket

    1 TOP *

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    ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden garden walk

    35 TOP *

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    Pair of jeans

    77 TOP *

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Must-sees in Tonga

  • Pangaimotu island
  • Book a boat out to this blissful island off the coast of Tongapatu where you’ll be able to enjoy swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters or diving off the majestic rusting shipwreck with the locals.
  • Vava’u
  • This is one of Tonga’s most popular destinations offering incredible wildlife experiences; swim with humpback whales, snorkel the stunning reefs or explore the local caves by boat. You might spot anything from a reef shark to octopi and turtles.
  • Nuku’alofa
  • Nuku’alofa is the capital city of Tonga’s main island, but is a far cry from a metropolis. A relaxing time can be had wandering along the sparkling waterfront or past the royal palace. The wildlife reigns supreme in this place and you’ll most likely spy some local resident pigs wandering amongst you.

Buying Tongan Paʻanga Online is Easy

Order Tongan paʻanga online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly.

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip in Cash or Travel Card.

  • 2. Choose where to get it
  • Collect your currency from over 3,600 locations.

  • 3. Pay online
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Discover Where to Buy TOP in your City

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

Check our full list of branches, or click the links below to find stores around major cities and lock in buying TOP at a great rate today.

FAQ Relating to the Tongan Currency

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  • Where does the term pa’anga originate?

    A pa’anga is a bean-like vine that produces large pods with reddish brown seeds used in anklets and native kailao dance costume in Tonga. The term ‘pa’anga’ is now also used to refer to money.

  • What is the symbol used for Tongan pa’anga?

    The official symbol for the Tongan pa’anga is $ and the typical abbreviation is T$.

  • Are ATMs readily available in Tonga?

    There are ATMs located on Tonga’s main islands Tongatapu, 'Utu Vava'u (Neiafu) and Lifuka (Pangai). You may want to take cash when travelling elsewhere.

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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 euros for your trip to Tonga.

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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.

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

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