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Foreign Exchange Guide to Chile

Read this currency guide to Chile with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/CLP=661.901]

 
Chile
Country Code:
CL
Domestic Currency:
Chilean Peso
Symbol - Code:
$ CLP
Telephone Prefix:
+56

This is a foreign exchange guide to Chile, the Chilean Peso currency plus CLP transfers and travel tips.


In this Chile currency guide we take a look at :

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

Chilean Peso (CLP) general currency information


What is the Chilean Peso currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Chilean Peso is CLP and the symbol is $.


Which countries use the Chilean Peso?

It is the domestic currency in Chile.


Chilean Peso (CLP) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to CLP 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-CLP 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Chile

 

Chile is one of the most slender countries in the world — just 150 miles across at its widest point. From the snow-capped volcanoes of Patagonia and blistering heights of the Andes to world-class wineries and Maoi sculptures of Easter Island. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords. There's wonder in every detail and nature on a symphonic scale.

For the traveler, it's mind-boggling to find this great wilderness so intact. Development could imperil these treasures sooner than we think. Yet for now, Chile guards some of the most pristine parts of our planet, and they shouldn't be missed. And yet it is also one of the most developed South American countries, its capital Santiago is a tech hub for the region.

What currency should I use in Chile?

The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP or CL$). You can exchange currency at the airport or many large hotels have currency exchange outlets. However neither of these will give particularly good transfer rates. ATMs will generally give the best rates but only if you choose to be charged in the local currency. ATMs are easy to find, even in the country areas, however they do tend to run out of cash later on in the day. Some accept certain cards whiles accept different cards so be sure to check the signs. Paying by cash is by far the best option in Chile. Visa, MasterCard and AmEx are widely accepted, but only in major cities and tourist hotspots.

Banks are open during the week from 9 am to 2 pm but ATM are accessible 24 hours a day except in some small localities. Asking a bank clerk to exchange money is rather uncertain. Some banks offer it, others do not.

What is the best way to get around in Chile?

Chile is a very fun country to get around in, most the forms of transport are comfortable, reliable, and not expensive. Which is handy since Chile is a very large country. The most common form of transport, especially for the locals is to go by bus. The bus system covers most places and is very cheap so is a great way to get around. It is quite comfortable as well, usually with plenty of space with reclining seats and flexible timetables. They all have toilets and some even include meals. Also, as there is so much competition, the bus fares are quite cheap so it makes for a wonderful way to get around. Chile is a vast country so if you have the time taking the bus makes for a comfortable and charming way to take in the views. Due to lack of use the train system has become slower and more unreliable.

If you need to cover larger distances in a hurry the flights in Chile are quite convenient as since the country is so large and you may want to take in both north and south in your trip with limited time. The flights can be expensive however, Low-cost airlines are driving down flight costs in Chile. Sky Airline tends to have good one-way prices. The best rates with LATAM are found on its Chilean website, accessed only in-country, where weekly specials give cut-rate deals with as much as 40% off, especially on well-traveled routes such as Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas. Booking ahead and buying round-trips save money. The main airlines are LAN and Sky Airline.

Travel tips for Chile.

In Chile, adventure is what happens on the way to having an adventure. Pedal the chunky gravel of the Carretera Austral and end up sharing a ferry with SUVs and oxcarts, or take a wrong turn and find heaven in an anonymous orchard. Plans may be made, but try being just as open to experience. Locals never rush, so maybe you shouldn’t either. 'Those who hurry waste their time,' is the Patagonian saying that would serve well as a traveler's mantra.

Spanish is the official language of Chile and is understood by most residents. English is taught in schools so many younger people are able to communicate to some degree. Of the older residents only those working in the tourist industry are likely to understand English, mainly in the larger cities.

The central region of Chile experiences a climate much like that of the Mediterranean coastline with warm, dry summers, and moderately wet, cool winters. Though quite rare on the coast, this central region is susceptible to light snow and frost further inland.

 

Travel money for Chile

 

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

   

Chile Trip Checklist    

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

Sending money to Chile

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

When sending money to Chile 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 Chilean Peso 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 CLP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Chile.

Use our Send to CLP 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 Chilean Peso deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

   

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Popular CLP cross rates


CLP/USD - Chilean Peso to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0015201 Week
18 Jan 20190.0014901 Month
21 Aug 20180.0015056 Months
17 Feb 20180.0016851 Year
17 Feb 20170.0015532 Years
18 Feb 20140.0018255 Years
19 Feb 20090.00165810 Years

CLP/EUR - Chilean Peso to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0013421 Week
18 Jan 20190.0013111 Month
21 Aug 20180.0013006 Months
17 Feb 20180.0013581 Year
17 Feb 20170.0014632 Years
18 Feb 20140.0013275 Years
19 Feb 20090.00130710 Years

CLP/GBP - Chilean Peso to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0011751 Week
18 Jan 20190.0011571 Month
21 Aug 20180.0011666 Months
17 Feb 20180.0012011 Year
17 Feb 20170.0012512 Years
18 Feb 20140.0010945 Years
19 Feb 20090.00115610 Years

CLP/JPY - Chilean Peso to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.16691 Week
18 Jan 20190.16361 Month
21 Aug 20180.16576 Months
17 Feb 20180.17921 Year
17 Feb 20170.17522 Years
18 Feb 20140.18675 Years
19 Feb 20090.155910 Years

CLP/AUD - Chilean Peso to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0021401 Week
18 Jan 20190.0020791 Month
21 Aug 20180.0020456 Months
17 Feb 20180.0021321 Year
17 Feb 20170.0020252 Years
18 Feb 20140.0020235 Years
19 Feb 20090.00256410 Years

CLP/CAD - Chilean Peso to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0020171 Week
18 Jan 20190.0019761 Month
21 Aug 20180.0019626 Months
17 Feb 20180.0021161 Year
17 Feb 20170.0020332 Years
18 Feb 20140.0020005 Years
19 Feb 20090.00207910 Years

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