Find out what currency is used in Peru, tips and tricks for Peruvian currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise Peruvian sol card.
The currency in Peru is the Peruvian sol. Each sol is divided into 100 centimos.
When you’re buying currency for Peru, look out for the currency code PEN. And once you’re in Peru, you’ll see the symbol S/. used to show prices.
You’ll find Peruvian banknotes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. There are also 1 and 2 sol coins.
Centimos come in coins of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50.
The Wise Peruvian sol travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to sol to spend when you’re in Peru. You’ll get the best rate for spending in Peruvian sol - and can also hold and spend 50+ other currencies with the same card.
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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.
Credit and debit cards are used in the bigger cities in Peru, and hotel and tour operators are likely to allow card payments.
However, in more rural areas cash is preferred and card payments may be impossible.
ATM availability depends a lot on where you are in Peru. Cities and larger towns have good ATM networks, but smaller towns, villages and rural areas may not have ready ATM access. Carry cash just in case.
To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Peru, don’t forget to use the Wise debit card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.
Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in Peruvian sol and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
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The currency in Lima is the Peruvian sol. Each sol is divided into 100 centimos. When you’re in Peru you’ll see the symbol S/. written down in shops and on menus, and the currency code PEN used in exchange offices.
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