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Foreign Exchange Guide to Barbados

Read this currency guide to Barbados with HKD money transfer and travel tips.   [HKD/BBD=0.255]

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Barbadian Dollar
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This is a foreign exchange guide to Barbados, the Barbadian Dollar currency plus HKD to 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 HKD to BBD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

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.


Barbados Trip Checklist    

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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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BBD/USD - Barbadian Dollar to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.500018 Aug 2019
1 Week0.500012 Aug 2019
1 Month0.500020 Jul 2019
6 Months0.500020 Feb 2019
1 Year0.500019 Aug 2018
5 Years0.500020 Aug 2014
10 Years0.500021 Aug 2009

BBD/EUR - Barbadian Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.450818 Aug 2019
1 Week0.445812 Aug 2019
1 Month0.445320 Jul 2019
6 Months0.440720 Feb 2019
1 Year0.437119 Aug 2018
5 Years0.377120 Aug 2014
10 Years0.349021 Aug 2009

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

1 Day0.411218 Aug 2019
1 Week0.414012 Aug 2019
1 Month0.399920 Jul 2019
6 Months0.383320 Feb 2019
1 Year0.392319 Aug 2018
5 Years0.301320 Aug 2014
10 Years0.302721 Aug 2009

BBD/AUD - Barbadian Dollar to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.736818 Aug 2019
1 Week0.740112 Aug 2019
1 Month0.710120 Jul 2019
6 Months0.697520 Feb 2019
1 Year0.684119 Aug 2018
5 Years0.538520 Aug 2014
10 Years0.599421 Aug 2009

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