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The Low Down on El Salvador 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 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?**

Please select your budget above.


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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.
Miami
  • 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.


Professional Service

I am a first time customer. I checked out the West Lakes (SA) booth and spoke to the service officer before actually ordering online for collection there. I was worried about getting high denomination Euro notes but she said they don't use higher than 50 Euro notes. I ordered for collection in a week's time but the order was available in about 3-4 days. I rang ahead to ensure the booth was open. The transaction was handled by the same officer I had met previously and she handled the transaction very professionally. I was pleased to receive with brand new notes.

Denis Toohey

Too easy

Very easy and efficient to order and pick up.

Kelli Zealley

Easy to order website & great service…

Easy to order website & great service at Travelex Modbury

Valued Visit A City User

Timely delivery and good customer service

Money ordered was available before the date requested. The staff dispensing the money noticed a small defect in one of the banknotes and was able to replace it with a note without damage hopefully saving the possibility of embarassment while travelling.

Chris Howard

My money card actually arrived earlier

My money card actually arrived earlier, there was hassle at all. Picked my money up no problem. Would use the Travelex website and order online again.

Christine Grant

Verrrrrry goood much happy

Verrrrrry goood much happy

Jontae Kaige Lockley

Such an easy transaction.....

Such an easy transaction...... Carol Tilley at Ballarat, Victoria was so helpful, guiding me through the online process.....high recommended

Kerry McDonald

Easy online and pickups are so easy

Easy online and pickups are so easy Great company to deal with

kevin patrick moore

Excellent customer service

Excellent customer service. Very helpful and explained everything to me. Thank you.

Nyssa

Buying cash currency on Bpay with…

Buying cash currency on Bpay with Travelex is the best option. Better rates, and easy to pickup. I've been doing it for years, and I think its great. I'm surprised that other frequent travellers don't bother and buy all their currency last minute at the airport, or muck around with putting currency on these airline frequent flyer cards. The entry & exit rates are terrible. And they always complain about it. So its easy, just plan ahead, and Bpay your cash foreign currency.

W M

Easy to navigate

Easy to navigate. Easy to collect (from local outlets). However, convertion rates differ greatly from current (daily) rate.

Sandra

good rates

good rates, good service

Graham

Quick and easy service.

Quick and easy service.

Almasa Whitelaw

Fast and efficient

Fast and efficient. Money was ready much sooner than expected.

Roger

All good

All good. Would have preferred more small notes. Only got 4x $1 then $10's next. Not too good for arriving in the USA. Might have expected you to know a bit more ( or care a bit more ) about that.

Antonio Robert Georgiou

*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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