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Foreign Exchange Guide to Barbados

Read this currency guide to Barbados with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/BBD=2]

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This is a foreign exchange guide to Barbados, the Barbadian Dollar currency plus BBD transfers and travel tips.

In this Barbados currency guide we take a look at :

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

Barbadian Dollar (BBD) general currency information

What is the Barbadian Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Barbadian Dollar is BBD and the symbol is $.

Which countries use the Barbadian Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Barbados.

Barbadian Dollar (BBD) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to BBD 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.

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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Barbados


Many destinations have stunning scenery, great food, fine weather and atmosphere. Of course the Caribbean islands have all of this, but the relaxed and generous approach of the local people really takes Barbados to the next level. The island itself is pretty small. It’s only about 20 miles by about 14 miles. And so when you fly in, you can see the whole island from the air usually. It may be a small island, but there’s an enormous amount on offer: culture, history, beautiful scenery and friendly people. Travel on the yellow reggae buses, watch and swim with turtles and enjoy amazing sunsets.

Barbados' local currency is known as the Barbadian or Bajan Dollar (BBD). The BBD is pegged to US dollar at 1US = 1.98BBD. ATMs are widespread and credit cards are widely accepted. You’ll certainly want some Barbadian dollars on hand, but larger payments can be made in US dollars, frequently with a major credit card. Hotels and guesthouses quote rates in US dollars (as do many dive shops and some restaurants), although you can use either US or Bajan currency to settle the account. English is the official language of Barbados, however you may hear the local Bajan creole spoken as well, a combination of British English and West African languages that are usually only spoken in informal settings.

How do I get around in Barbados?

Barbados offers good riding as a means of transport for the adventurous. It’s hilly, but roads are not usually steep. However, most roads are quite narrow, so traffic is a constant bother in the west and south. Most shops require a credit card or B$100 deposit for rentals. Your hotel will usually offer to you up with a rental.

It’s possible to get to virtually any place on the island by public bus. All types of bus charge the same fare: B$2 to any place on the island. You should have exact change when you board the government bus, but minibuses and route taxis will make change. Most buses transit through Bridgetown, although a few north–south buses bypass the city. Buses to the southeast part of the island generally transit through Oistins. Buses along the main routes, such as Bridgetown to Oistins or Speightstown, are frequent, running from 6am to around midnight.

If you intend to rent a car visitors must obtain a temporary driving permit from their car-rental agency; you’ll need to show a valid driving license from your home country. There are scores of independent car-rental companies, some so small that they're based out of private homes. All primary and main secondary roads are paved, although some are a bit narrow. There are plenty of gas stations around the island, except on the east coast. Some stations in the Bridgetown area are open 24 hours.

Travel tips for Barbados.

The weather is most stable from December to May, with the lowest humidity. From June to November there is more rain but usually in short showers. No special vaccinations are required to visit Barbados. If you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic, you'll be required to present proof of vaccination. In 2018 there are sewage problems on the south coast. Rendezvous Road, Hastings, Worthing and the St. Lawrence Gap areas are affected with sewage in the roads and bad smells. They are working to correct this but it's a problem, so you might want to avoid booking hotels in this area for a bit.


Travel money for Barbados


Save money and time by Ordering your Barbadian Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the BBD 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 Barbadian Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


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Sending money to Barbados

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Barbados you need to start with finding out the latest Barbadian Dollar 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 Barbados

When sending money to Barbados 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 Barbadian Dollar 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 BBD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Barbados.

Use our Send to BBD 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 Barbadian Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Popular BBD cross rates

BBD/USD - Barbadian Dollar to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.50001 Week
09 Nov 20180.50001 Month
12 Jun 20180.50006 Months
09 Dec 20170.50001 Year
09 Dec 20160.50002 Years
10 Dec 20130.50005 Years
11 Dec 20080.500010 Years

BBD/EUR - Barbadian Dollar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.44081 Week
09 Nov 20180.44101 Month
12 Jun 20180.42566 Months
09 Dec 20170.42471 Year
09 Dec 20160.47342 Years
10 Dec 20130.36345 Years
11 Dec 20080.376210 Years

BBD/GBP - Barbadian Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.39211 Week
09 Nov 20180.38551 Month
12 Jun 20180.37396 Months
09 Dec 20170.37341 Year
09 Dec 20160.39762 Years
10 Dec 20130.30405 Years
11 Dec 20080.334610 Years

BBD/JPY - Barbadian Dollar to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 201856.88611 Week
09 Nov 201856.91501 Month
12 Jun 201855.22656 Months
09 Dec 201756.73401 Year
09 Dec 201657.50352 Years
10 Dec 201351.44375 Years
11 Dec 200845.817410 Years

BBD/AUD - Barbadian Dollar to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.67811 Week
09 Nov 20180.69161 Month
12 Jun 20180.66016 Months
09 Dec 20170.66591 Year
09 Dec 20160.67102 Years
10 Dec 20130.54685 Years
11 Dec 20080.745410 Years

BBD/CAD - Barbadian Dollar to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.66281 Week
09 Nov 20180.66061 Month
12 Jun 20180.65086 Months
09 Dec 20170.64251 Year
09 Dec 20160.65942 Years
10 Dec 20130.53075 Years
11 Dec 20080.616410 Years

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