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The Low Down on El Salvador Currency


US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)


greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

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


1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1

The official currency used in El Salvador is the US dollar; and 1 dollar is subdivided into 100 cents.

Prior to the use of the USD in El Salvador, the Salvadoran colon was the official currency. The colon was used between 1892 and 2001.

The USD was adopted in 2001, with a fixed exchange rate of 8.75 colones per dollar.

The most commonly used notes for USD in El Salvador are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100.

What to spend your US dollars on

  • Dinner set

    Street food meal

    4.75 USD *

  • Bottle of beer

    Bottle of soft drink

    0.72 USD *

  • Bus

    1Km taxi ride

    3 USD *

  • Scenery

    Movie ticket

    5 USD *

  • 6 eggs

    Cerro Verde National Park entrance fee

    3.50 USD *

How many dollars will I need?**

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Must-sees in El Salvador

New York
  • El Tunco
  • This quaint little beach town is popular with tourists and locals alike. Enjoy an early morning surf or cave exploration, wander the adorably small streets and bask in one of the most beautiful sunsets before heading to a local bar for a drink or two.
New Orleans
  • Santa Ana
  • This tree lined city is charming and owes its beauty to wealth from the local coffee industry. A growing cultural scene offers a great base for travellers seeking to explore the nearby Tazumal ruins or the Ruta de las Flores.
  • Cerro Verde National Park
  • This park offers visitors a look into nature’s most beautiful extremes with its majestic volcanoes and humid rainforests. Stay a while to spy the enormous array of flora and fauna on display as you hike along a trail.

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®

FAQ Relating to El Salvador Currency

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  • Can I use my credit card widely in El Salvador?

    Credit cards are widely accepted in El Salvador; however there may be surcharges on international cards.

  • What was the official currency in El Salvador prior to the USD?

    El Salvador’s official currency prior to the use of the USD was the Salvadoran colon. The colon was used between 1892 and 2001.

  • Are ATMs widely available throughout El Salvador?

    Most ATMs in major cities in El Salvador now accept Mastercard™ and Visa cards™. Take care to cover your PIN number when using ATMs.

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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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