Venezuela Currency – The Thing You MUST Know About Money

Money in Venezuela

When travelling in Venezuela you need to be prepared for the strange money situation.

In a nutshell you need to take enough cash for your entire time in Venezuela. If you use any type of money machine or credit card you will pay twice as much as you will if you exchange your cash on the black market…

Yes, twice as much!

Why is this?

The official rate of Venezuela

The “official” exchange rate of Venezuela is fixed at 4 Bolivars to 1 $USD.

This is the rate you will get if you withdraw money from any financial institution, cash machine or use your credit card.

This official rate does not reflect the true market value of a Bolivar which has created the need for black market trade.

The black market rate

Tourists can sell their US dollars or Euros for more than two times the official rate or approximately 8.5 Bolivars to 1 $USD.

This rate does fluctuate somewhat and different traders will give you different rates. It is worth asking around. Many hotels will be able to suggest a trader or will trade Euro’s or $USD themselves.

In one trade we met with a dodgy looking European man in a cafe, we traded currencies in the open and had no problems.

How to plan your money in Venezuela

It is important to bring enough cash in USD$ or Euros to pay for your entire trip and shop around for money exchange. Cost wise you are better to have too much foreign currency than not enough.

Even if you exchange your money on the black market Venezuela is not a cheap place to visit (especially Caracas) however if you use your bank cards or credit cards it will double in price.

If you have any questions about our experience there, just post them below and we will do our best to answer them 🙂

Note: this article was written during our visit to Venezuela in 2012. The rate will change, so check the official rate online and ask around for the black market rate. It pays to shop around.

Post By Serena Star Leonard

Serena Star-Leonard is a business coach, writer and blogger travelling around the world for 5 years and counting. As well as capturing stories of inspiring people who are making a difference to their communities, her passion is to help people find a way to do the things they love for a living.

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  • Jaguar

    Hello!Where i can buy bolivars in Europe,which country and how much money for one time?

    • Hi Jaguar I have no idea 🙂 I doubt they would be easy to come by though. We bought all of ours in Venezuela.

  • VEBound

    When did you write this article, the unofficial exchange rate is MUCH more than double the rate. You can get upwards of 400 Bolivars per dollar now and the official exchange rate is 5.15 Bolivars per US Dollar. This isn’t a very well researched story.

    • This article was written 3 years ago 🙂 It’s quite likely that the rates have changed. The concept is still the same, but look out for current rates when you travel!