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Foreign Exchange Guide to Hong Kong

Read this currency guide to Hong Kong with money transfer and travel tips.

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This is a foreign exchange guide to Hong Kong, Hong Kong dollar currency news plus HKD transfers and travel tips.

In this guide we review :

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

Hong Kong dollar (HKD) general currency information

Representing a little less than 2% of the foreign exchange market daily turnover, the Hong Kong dollar is the world’s thirteenth most traded currency. It is subdivided into 100 cents.

The Hong Kong dollar has been pegged to the US dollar since 1983 and the USD/HKD exchange rate has been limited to a range of 7.75 to 7.85 since 2005. The Hong Kong dollar’s peg is backed by one of the world's largest foreign exchange reserves (Hong Kong’s official reserves in 2016 were worth US$360 billion).

Hong Kong dollars are issued by the country’s government, but also by three local banks – HSBC, Standard Chartered and Bank of China – providing those banks have on deposit the US dollar equivalent of what they print.

The Hong Kong dollar reached an all-time low against the US dollar in September 1983 when USD/HKD reached 9.6 (HKD/USD 0.104), and its all-time high came in March 1978 when USD/HKD traded at just 4.6 (HKD/USD 0.217).

What is the Hong Kong dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Hong Kong dollar is HKD and the symbol is $.

Which countries use the Hong Kong dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong dollar (HKD) in the markets

Between April and June, the Hong Kong dollar traded at or close to the weaker boundary of its allowed trading range (close to 7.85 per US dollar). The Hong Kong Monetary Authority intervened in FX markets to defend the currency’s peg several times within this timeframe.

HKD has fallen to multi-decade lows due to a widening of the US-Hong Kong interest rate differential. Despite the HKMA raising interest rates in step with the US Federal Reserve, rates paid on HKD have remained low over the past eighteen months due to abundant liquidity in Hong Kong’s financial system; meanwhile, rates paid on US dollars have risen steadily. For large investors, this provides an incentive to exchange (sell) borrowed Hong Kong dollars for higher-yielding US dollars.

Due to Hong Kong’s sizeable foreign exchange reserves, which are among the largest in the world, a speculative attack on the USD/HKD peg is unlikely.

In late May, HKD climbed to a six-month high against the euro, at 9.031 per EUR. By mid-June it had weakened back into the mid-9.2s.

The interactive chart below shows the HKD to USD 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.

HKD-USD 3 Month chart
HKD-USD 3 Month chart
HKDUSD currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Hong Kong

From the airport the Airport Express is probably the quickest and most direct way to the city, making three total stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations.  Visitors using the Airport Express will most likely be interested in the Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations, which are located in the main parts of the city. Sometimes the taxi queue at Hong Kong station can be quite long, so if your hotel is near to the station in Lan Kwai Fong or Sheung Wan and you're are travelling light it might be a good idea to walk through the air-conditioned IFC.

While in Hong Kong consider using the Octopus Card. It is a stored-value smart card, similar to London’s Oyster card or Sydney's Opal card, that can be used for quick access and payment for public transportation as well as basic purchases at a many retail shops throughout Hong Kong such as 7-Eleven. It can be topped up any a large range of outlets, even McDonalds.

Public transport in Hong Kong is excellent. There are bus routes covering most of the island, frequent ferries between the islands making up the region, The Star Ferry connecting Kowloon to Hong Kong island is a considered a must see for its views. There are trains into mainland China and the superb MTR underground railway. The city is well connected by trains and great double decker buses. The drivers usually don't speak English and be prepared to sacrifice the small change because they don't return the change for the bus tickets. The cabs in Hong Kong can be expensive. There are a few bus routes that are worth seeing too.  Route 973 travels from Tsim Sha Tsui, around Kowloon, crosses the harbour and winds around the coast of Hong Kong Island to Aberdeen, Repulse Bay and terminates at Stanley Market. Up top the double decker bus this is a spectacular trip.

In general, Hong Kong is a very safe city by day and night. The drinking water is often not considered drinkable depending on who you talk to so bottled water is a good idea. Many free tourist maps will also show great walks through the central city that will lead you through many popular areas and help give you a good insight to the city for first time visitors.

Travel money for Hong Kong

Save money and time by Ordering your Hong Kong dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the HKD 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 Hong Kong dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying HKD Cash with USD 1,000

Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
$7019.10 HKD (10.57%)
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Price Details
Receive: $7019.10 HKD
Exchange Rate: 7.0191
(Inverse 1HKD=USD 0.1425)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 10.57% (from mid-rate: 7.8488)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/HKD=7.0191 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 06:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
$6799.02 HKD (13.38%)
This is the average USD to HKD Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: $6799.02 HKD
Exchange Rate: 6.8677
(Inverse 1HKD=USD 0.1456)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 7.8488)
Receive HKD $220 less than with  Travelex US Online logo Travelex US Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/HKD=6.8677 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).

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Sending money to Hong Kong

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Hong Kong you need to start with finding out the latest Hong Kong 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).

What prime property does $US1m buy in Hong Kong?

The area (㎡) of prime property that $US1million buys in Hong Kong (Q1 2018) is 22㎡. This is compared to equivalent areas for Monaco 15㎡, New York 25㎡, London 27㎡, Singapore 37㎡, Paris 45㎡, Shanghai 50㎡, Los Angeles 58㎡, Tokyo 70㎡, Berlin 74㎡, Miami 78㎡, Mumbai 94㎡, Istanbul 110㎡, Dubai 138㎡ and San Paulo 172㎡.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Hong Kong

When sending money to Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong 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 HKD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Hong Kong.

Use our Send to HKD 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 Hong Kong dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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Sending USD 10,000 to HKD

OFX logo OFX
$77,691 HKD (1.02%)
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Price Details
Receive: $77,691 HKD
Exchange Rate: 7.7691
(Inverse 1HKD=USD 0.1287)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 1.02% (from mid-rate: 7.8488)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/HKD=7.7691 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Wed Jul 18 2018 06:03:35 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
$75,255 HKD (4.12%)
This is the average USD to HKD International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: $75,255 HKD
Exchange Rate: 7.5368
(Inverse 1HKD=USD 0.1327)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 4.12% (from mid-rate: 7.8488)
Receive HKD $2,436 less than with  OFX logo OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/HKD=7.5368 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Hong Kong dollar - exchange rates - live and historic

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HKD/USD - Hong Kong dollar to U.S. dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.12741 Week
15 Jun 20180.12741 Month
16 Jan 20180.12786 Months
15 Jul 20170.12811 Year
15 Jul 20160.12902 Years
16 Jul 20130.12895 Years
17 Jul 20080.128210 Years

HKD/EUR - Hong Kong dollar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.10841 Week
15 Jun 20180.10961 Month
16 Jan 20180.10426 Months
15 Jul 20170.11171 Year
15 Jul 20160.11692 Years
16 Jul 20130.09825 Years
17 Jul 20080.081010 Years

HKD/GBP - Hong Kong dollar to British pound sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.09581 Week
15 Jun 20180.09591 Month
16 Jan 20180.09266 Months
15 Jul 20170.09791 Year
15 Jul 20160.09782 Years
16 Jul 20130.08535 Years
17 Jul 20080.064110 Years

HKD/JPY - Hong Kong dollar to Japanese yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 201814.07181 Week
15 Jun 201814.10081 Month
16 Jan 201814.11066 Months
15 Jul 201714.42281 Year
15 Jul 201613.52692 Years
16 Jul 201312.80785 Years
17 Jul 200813.603110 Years

HKD/AUD - Hong Kong dollar to Australian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.17141 Week
15 Jun 20180.17111 Month
16 Jan 20180.16046 Months
15 Jul 20170.16371 Year
15 Jul 20160.17022 Years
16 Jul 20130.13965 Years
17 Jul 20080.131710 Years

HKD/CAD - Hong Kong dollar to Canadian dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
08 Jul 20180.16691 Week
15 Jun 20180.16821 Month
16 Jan 20180.15886 Months
15 Jul 20170.16211 Year
15 Jul 20160.16722 Years
16 Jul 20130.13405 Years
17 Jul 20080.128710 Years