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Latvian Currency.

Find out what currency is used in Latvia, tips and tricks for Latvian currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise euro card.
Latvian currency

What is the currency in Latvia?

The currency in Latvia is the euro. Each euro is divided into 100 cents.

When you’re buying currency for Latvia, look out for the currency code EUR. And once you’re in Latvia, you’ll see the symbol € used to show prices.

You’ll find Euro banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 - although the 200 and 500 EUR notes are seldom used. There are also 1 and 2 euro coins.

Cents come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.

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Use the Wise euro card to spend in Latvian currency.

The Wise euro travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to euro to spend when you’re in Latvia. You’ll get the best rate for spending in euro - and can also hold and spend 50+ other currencies with the same card.

Get your Wise debit card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.

Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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Tips for exchanging currency in Latvia.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in Latvia currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, euro - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Latvia without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in euro, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Latvia.

Paying by credit or debit card in Latvia

Card payments are accepted in most restaurants, shops, hotels and petrol stations. However, cash is still handy. You'll need euro change to buy a ticket on a bus for example, although you can buy public transport tickets in advance with a card if you need to.

ATMs in Latvia

Latvian towns and cities are served by a solid network of accessible ATMs. However it's a good plan to carry cash when venturing out into the countryside, where ATMs may be harder to find.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Latvia, don’t forget to use the Wise debit card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

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Latvian currency services.

Convert GBP to euro

Convert GBP to euro

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in euro and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to Latvia

Send money to Latvia

Need to send GBP to Latvia? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Latvia.

See the best euro exchange rates

See the best euro exchange rates

Compare live euro exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

Latvian currency FAQs.

The currency in Riga is the euro. Each euro is divided into 100 cents. When you’re in Latvia you’ll see the symbol € written down in shops and on menus, and the currency code EUR used in exchange offices.

Latvia entered the Eurozone in 2014. Before adopting the euro, the official currency in Latvia was the Lats.

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