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The Low Down on the Ecuador Currency

Currency:

US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)

Nicknames:

greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

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

Coins:

1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1


The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar. While US dollar bills are used in Ecuador, the country issues its own centavo coins.


US dollars have been used in Ecuador since 2000 and replaced the former currency, the Ecuadorian sucre. When introduced the dollar was equal to around 25,000 sucres.



The move from sucres to dollars was spurred on by the economic crisis in Ecuador in 1999 which caused the sucre to collapse so badly that citizens began changing their holdings over to US dollars, unofficially dollarising the country’s economy.



The most commonly used bills for US dollars in Ecuador are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your US dollars on

  • Dinner set

    3 course meal for 2

    25 USD *

  • Bottle of beer

    Local bottle of beer

    5.50 USD *

  • Bus

    Local bus ticket

    0.25 USD *

  • Scenery

    Entry into Galápagos National Park

    19 USD *

  • 6 eggs

    Half a dozen eggs

    0.9 USD *

How many dollars will I need?**

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Must-sees in Ecuador

New York
  • The Galápagos Islands
  • Named after the giant tortoises that grace their lands, the Galápagos Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most active volcanic regions in the world. Stunning wildlife, untouched natural beauty and an opportunity to learn about their important conservation wait within these wild lands.
New Orleans
  • The Hot Springs of Baños
  • The stunning town of Baños de Agua Santa sits nestled at the basin of the Amazon surrounded by jungle and forest. Offering stunning waterfalls and neighbouring hot springs, it’ll excite the adventurer within as you traverse swing bridges over deep pools, hike through the jungle and white water raft down winding rivers.
Miami
  • Quito
  • Ecuador’s stunning historic capital sits high in the Andes and is filled with majestic colonial architecture from centuries gone by. The largest historic centre in South America, Quito boasts charming city squares, stunning churches, top museums and a strong local art and craft scene; making it a favourite for artisans.

Buying US dollars online is easy

Order American dollars 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 US Dollars 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
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

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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 dollars for your trip to Ecuador.

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FAQ Relating to Ecuador Currency

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  • When did Ecuador start using US dollars?

    US dollars have been used in Ecuador since 2000 and were adopted officially by the government when the Ecuadorian sucre collapsed.

  • What coins are used in Ecuador?

    Although all US currency is used and accepted in Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Government issues their own coins called centavos. A centavo is equal to that of a cent.

  • Is cash or card preferred in Ecuador?

    As with most countries, cards are widely-used and accepted in major Ecuadorian cities, however cash is recommended for rural areas.

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Ordered online. Cash was ready and available as stayed. Staff helpful and knowledgeable

Alison

The person working at Travelex was very…

The person working at Travelex was very good and showed us how to look for counterfeit money. The only thing I didn't think was good was the lack of small notes available. While we were given a solution it involved going to the airport and obtaining smaller notes with a receipt. Even a couple of smaller notes would have been good at the point of purchase.

Catherine Broadley

Lina was very helpful and friendly

Lina was very helpful and friendly. At Adelaide Airport

Susan

Cash arrived a little earlier: good!

Cash arrived a little earlier than hoped, which made all the difference. Thanks: simple, easy and convenient.

Ivan Trundle

Excellent service

Excellent service, our requested currency was at the pick up point at the time requested, we could not ask for better.

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Great service

Great service, staff at pick up office very professional and polite

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Not too bad

Not too bad. Exchange rate was better than others. Could do without the $10 collection fee though. I would use again

Ron Payne

Takes fuss out of currency exchange

Travelex is a very easy-to-use, trustworthy and convenient service to store foreign cash with and works everywhere around the world. Would highly recommend to everyone.

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Aside from waiting 30 minutes to be…

Aside from waiting 30 minutes to be served because the customers ahead of me seem to have taken the travelex lady hostage the service was good!

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Friendly and helpful. Money arrived promptly.

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The process is easy and the delivery…

The process is easy and the delivery quick. The exchange rate could be marginally better but it is not ridiculous.

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The exchange rate offered was marginally better than the others that we looked at. The required identification and the process were explained; and the money/cards were available when and where they said they would be.

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Easy to arrange and everything went smoothly

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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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