- by Catherine
- Last Updated: 2020-07-16
The official currency unit of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee, symbol: रू, abbreviated as NPR. The consumption level in Nepal is very low: 15-30 rupees (0.13~0.25 USD) for a liter of bottled water, NPR 300-1000 (2.51~8.38 USD) per capita for a mid-range restaurant, NPR 35-100 (0.29~0.84 USD) per kilometer for taxi fare. Moreover, tourists can easily exchange money in major cities in Nepal, or pay by credit card. So it is not necessary for foreign tourists to carry large amounts of cash when traveling in Nepal.
11 currency notes are available in denomination of NPR 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000. 1 NRP is subdivided into 100 Paisa. Paisa is a coin. It is are available in 9 denominations of the coin, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 Paisa, and 1, 2, 5, 10 Rupee.
Denomination of Nepalese Rupee: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
Nepalese Rupee and Indian Rupee
Nepalese Rupee is an independent currency. It is written and pronounced the same as the Indian currency, but the exchange rate is different. The exchange rate between Nepalese rupee and Indian rupee is fixed at 1:1.6. Once the exchange rate between the Indian rupee and the US dollar fluctuates, so does the exchange rate between Nepalese rupee and the US dollar.
Exchange Money in Nepal
Traveling in Nepal, it is very convenient to exchange foreign currency in major cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. The main foreign currency in circulation in Nepal is the US dollar and the exchange rate is usually around 80:1. Euros, British pounds, Australian dollars, Singapore dollars, and other major currencies can be exchanged. But according to NRB (Central Bank of Nepal), not all foreign currencies can be exchanged in Nepal. Therefore, if the foreign currency you carry is less known, it is best to exchange it in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. If you plan to hike, it is best to bring rupees. Because ATMs or currency exchange points cannot be found in remote rural areas, and credit cards are rarely accepted. It is recommended that you change the cash you need into rupees before arriving in Kathmandu. In case the money is not spent, you can sell them back to some money exchanger with a little loss on the exchange rate.
|Convert US Dollar to Nepalese Rupee|
|5 USD||599.94 NPR|
|10 USD||1,199.87 NPR|
|20 USD||2,400.99 NPR|
|50 USD||5,999.36 NPR|
|100 USD||11,998.73 NPR|
|500 USD||59,993.64 NPR|
|1000 USD||119,987.28 NPR|
|Convert Nepalese Rupee to US Dollar|
|5 NPR||0.04 USD|
|10 NPR||0.08 USD|
|20 NPR||0.18 USD|
|50 NPR||0.42 USD|
|100 NPR||0.83 USD|
|500 NPR||4.17 USD|
|1000 NPR||8.33 USD|
For the specific exchange rate, please refer to the Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank).
Nepal Currency exchange rates
Where to Exchange
Tourists can exchange money at banks, ATMs, money exchangers, hotel counter, airports, and other places. Each has pros and cons, you can choose according to your own situation.
Nepal has modern banking facilities. The city’s well-known banks include Everest Bank, Nepal Standard Chartered Bank, Himalaya Bank, Nepal SBI Bank, etc. Some international banks also have branches in Kathmandu. Most banks are open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday, and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, and closed on Saturday. However, bank transactions require more time because you need to fill out some forms and often queue up.
*Remember to bring your passport.
*Be sure to keep the receipt, because it is important for you to convert rupees to hard currency when you leave.
*Please check with your bank about the use of cards in Nepal, because sometimes they may not allow you to do so or charge a high fee.
ATMs can be seen everywhere in Kathmandu, Nepal
It is a good choice for tourists to withdraw cash from ATMs. In the Thamel district of Kathmandu, there will be ATMs every 50 meters or less, which is usually set next to the bank, but some are not. The fixed fee for ATM withdrawal is small and the exchange rate is usually reasonable. Different banks have different regulations on the cash withdrawal limit once a day. However, this rule will also depend on your bank policy. Your bank can advise you on exchange rates and expected fees.
Money Exchange Point
Compared with banks, Money Exchanger is more convenient and does not require filling out forms. Tourists in major cities in Nepal will see many small shops that exchange foreign currency. They use NRP, NR, and Rs to express prices in Nepali currency and all have their own prices. If you want to get a good exchange rate, it is recommended to consult a local guide. Bargaining is possible.
*Thamel in Kathmandu is a tourist hub, and most of the currency exchange kiosks are concentrated here. It is usually open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day. In addition，Lazimpath, New Road (Basantapur), Bouddha, Swyambhu, etc. also have currency exchange points.
*Some currency exchange points in Kathmandu: Annapurna currency exchange, Dolphin currency exchange, North Point currency exchange, Continental Money near Durbar Square, etc.
*In other tourist cities like Pokhara and Chitwan, the exchange rate is lower than Kathmandu, so it is recommended that tourists exchange the money in Kathmandu.
Annapurna money exchanger in Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport
The airport facilitates your exchange upon arrival in the country. You will find two currency exchange centers in the arrivals hall. But the exchange rate is low, and there is a handling fee. Therefore, it is generally not recommended to exchange money at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), or only exchange a small amount for emergency purposes, such as paying transportation expenses.
If you enter Nepal by land from Tibet in China, you can exchange Nepalese rupees at the Gyirong port. In addition, many hotels, restaurants, and shops in Nepal can also exchange currency, but the exchange rate is not stable.
Credit CARDS are also very convenient in Nepal. American Express, Mastercard, and Visa are accepted at most hotels, bars, and restaurants in the most touristy areas, such as the Thamel district in Kathmandu and Phewa Lake in Pokhara. But there will be a 3% to 5% commission. So please be aware that there is an extra charge for using a credit card.
*Nepal is a tipping country
*You can bargain on the exchange rate when you spend in US dollars
*Check with your credit card company about the use of cards in Nepal, because sometimes they may not allow you to do so or charge a high fee.
We don’t recommend bringing traveler's checks because they are almost unavailable in Nepal. If you want to use a traveler's check, you have to first cash it to an authorized currency trader. Or head to one of the major banks in Kathmandu.
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