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Foreign Exchange Guide to Bangladesh

Read this currency guide to Bangladesh with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/BDT=83.794]

Bangladesh
Country Code:
BD
Domestic Currency:
Bangladeshi Taka
Symbol - Code:
৳ BDT
Telephone Prefix:
+880

This is a foreign exchange guide to Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi Taka currency plus BDT transfers and travel tips.


In this Bangladesh currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Bangladeshi Taka info - general info about the Bangladeshi Taka
  2. Bangladeshi Taka in the markets - recent BDT moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Bangladesh - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Bangladeshi Taka cash online - travel money for Bangladesh
  5. Sending money to Bangladesh - save on Bangladeshi Taka bank transfers to Bangladesh
  6. Bangladeshi Taka exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) general currency information


What is the Bangladeshi Taka currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Bangladeshi Taka is BDT and the symbol is .


Which countries use the Bangladeshi Taka?

It is the domestic currency in Bangladesh.


Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to BDT exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-BDT 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Bangladesh

 

Bangladesh is braided together by more than 700 rivers, producing a deliciously lush landscape with more shades of green than you ever imagined. Travelling by boat is a way of life here, and provides a fabulous opportunity to see the country from a more unusual angle. Whether you're travelling to hectic Dhaka or to the Sundarbans' mangrove forests, boats large and small will help you explore Bangladesh's riches. Bangladesh has the eighth largest population in the world, the official Bengali language  is the tenth-most spoken language in the world, which Bangladesh shares with the neighboring Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura.

Can I use Credit Cards in Bangladesh?

The Taka (BDT) is the official currency and is set by market forces.Until recently even exchange outlets would only change $US into Taka (BDT), but as the economy expands this has improved and so many other popular currencies are now accepted. Visa, MasterCard and AmEx are accepted at many shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and other tourist hotspots. However, you should always carry some cash with you just in case.

It’ll be a lot harder to find places that accept card payments once you venture out to more rural areas. ATMs and foreign exchange kiosks are also less common here, so be sure to withdraw enough cash ahead of time.

ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but less so in villages and more rural areas. Most ATMs accept Visa (Plus), MasterCard (including Maestro and Cirrus) and AmEx. ATMs often offer the best exchange rate possible, because conversions are worked out using the mid-market rate. However, this only holds true if you perform the transaction in the local currency.

How to get around in Bangladesh?

Citizens of most countries require a passport to gain entry so be sure to check on this before leaving. There are plenty of options for getting around while you are there, however long distance transport can be very busy so it can help to book ahead when possible. Try to have a time buffer as when transport gets very busy some timetables can be unreliable. Bus is a popular way to get around and is often cheap, but of also very crowded. Bangladesh has thousands of inland waterways so hiring a boat to get from one village to another is common practice and could make for a nice change of pace. Taking a river trip is a quintessential Bangladesh experience, and we recommend you do it as often as you can, from hand-poled river ferries to the old paddle-wheel steamers known as Rockets.

Will I need a Visa for Bangladesh?

You'll need a visa to enter Bangladesh. If your visit is for official, business, investment or tourism purposes, you may be eligible for a one-month visa-on-arrival. In other circumstances, you'll need to get a visa before your travel.

The mangrove forests and tigers of the Sundarbans National Park are Bangladesh's most famous attraction, but the country has a host of lesser-known attractions that are waiting to be discovered. Highlights include the Buddhist remains at Paharpur and the 15th-century mosques and mausoleums of Bagerhat, both of which are Unesco World Heritage Sites. While modern Bangladesh is majority Muslim, its hill tracts are still home to Buddhist and Christian Adivasi tribal peoples, while temples in Dhaka and beyond attest to the influence of Hindu culture on the country.

This isn't a destination to be rushed. Poor infrastructure and an undeveloped tourist industry means that you’ll be left frustrated if you’re trying to travel in too much of a hurry.

 

Travel money for Bangladesh

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Bangladeshi Taka online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the BDT cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Bangladeshi Taka otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

   

Bangladesh Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare BDT travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Bangladesh
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Bangladesh

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Bangladesh you need to start with finding out the latest Bangladeshi Taka foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Bangladesh

When sending money to Bangladesh it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Bangladeshi Taka amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted BDT amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Bangladesh.

Use our Send to BDT calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Bangladeshi Taka deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

   

Bank Transfers to Bangladesh

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BDT/USD - Bangladeshi Taka to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.01191 Week
09 Nov 20180.01191 Month
12 Jun 20180.01186 Months
09 Dec 20170.01221 Year
09 Dec 20160.01252 Years
10 Dec 20130.01295 Years
11 Dec 20080.014710 Years

BDT/EUR - Bangladeshi Taka to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.01051 Week
09 Nov 20180.01051 Month
12 Jun 20180.01016 Months
09 Dec 20170.01031 Year
09 Dec 20160.01192 Years
10 Dec 20130.0093615 Years
11 Dec 20080.011110 Years

BDT/GBP - Bangladeshi Taka to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0093161 Week
09 Nov 20180.0092011 Month
12 Jun 20180.0088446 Months
09 Dec 20170.0090891 Year
09 Dec 20160.0099722 Years
10 Dec 20130.0078325 Years
11 Dec 20080.00983710 Years

BDT/JPY - Bangladeshi Taka to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20181.35141 Week
09 Nov 20181.35851 Month
12 Jun 20181.30656 Months
09 Dec 20171.38101 Year
09 Dec 20161.44232 Years
10 Dec 20131.32535 Years
11 Dec 20081.347210 Years

BDT/AUD - Bangladeshi Taka to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.01611 Week
09 Nov 20180.01651 Month
12 Jun 20180.01566 Months
09 Dec 20170.01621 Year
09 Dec 20160.01682 Years
10 Dec 20130.01415 Years
11 Dec 20080.021910 Years

BDT/CAD - Bangladeshi Taka to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.01571 Week
09 Nov 20180.01581 Month
12 Jun 20180.01546 Months
09 Dec 20170.01561 Year
09 Dec 20160.01652 Years
10 Dec 20130.01375 Years
11 Dec 20080.018110 Years

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