Peruvian Currency.

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.

Peruvian currency

What is the currency in Peru?

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.

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Use the Wise Peruvian sol card to spend in Peruvian currency.

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.

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Tips for exchanging currency in Peru.

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 Peru 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, sol - 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 Peru without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in Peruvian sol, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in Peru.

Paying by credit or debit card in Peru

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.

ATMs in Peru

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.

Peruvian currency services.

Convert GBP to Peruvian sol

Convert GBP to Peruvian sol

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.

Send money to Peru

Send money to Peru

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

See the best Peruvian sol exchange rates

See the best Peruvian sol exchange rates

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

Peruvian currency FAQs.

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.

Carrying some US dollars in Peru can be handy, as USD payments are accepted by many merchants.

Your best bet when travelling to Peru is paying in the official Peruvian currency: the sol. To switch easily between currencies, use the Wise debit card.

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