The official currency of Honduras is Lempira (code HNL; symbol L), divided into 100 centavos. Notes come in the following denominations: L 500, L 100, L 50, L 20, L 10, L 5, L 2 and L 1. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 centavos.
A lot of businesses will accept payments in US dollars, particularly in tourist areas.
Foreign Currency Exchange
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, major hotels and exchange bureaus. Exchange bureaus usually offer better rates and are more convenient than banks. Travelers are advised to take US dollars - other currencies are difficult to impossible to exchange (some banks will exchange euros). Passport may be required to exchange money.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available in most cities. Most international credit and debit cards can be used to withdraw cash. Some ATMs will also dispense cash in US dollars.
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Honduras, especially at major supermarkets, retail stores, larger hotels and car rental offices. Merchants will usually charge extra 4% to 12% for payments by credit card.
Most banks will offer cash advance on Visa (less commonly on MasterCard) card. Passport will be required.
Traveler's checks can be exchanged for cash at banks, exchange bureaus, hotels and international airports. Visitors should bring checks in US dollars. Preferred checks are American Express.
Typically banks are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday mornings.
Current Honduran Lempira Rates
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