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Foreign Exchange Guide to Pakistan

Read this currency guide to Pakistan with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/PKR=139.2]

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Pakistani Rupee
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This is a foreign exchange guide to Pakistan, the Pakistani Rupee currency plus PKR transfers and travel tips.

In this Pakistan currency guide we take a look at :

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

Pakistani Rupee (PKR) general currency information

What is the Pakistani Rupee currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Pakistani Rupee is PKR and the symbol is .

Which countries use the Pakistani Rupee?

It is the domestic currency in Pakistan.

Pakistani Rupee (PKR) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to PKR 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-PKR 3 Month chart
USD-PKR 3 Month chart
USDPKR currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Pakistan


Pakistan is often avoided due to political instability. With armed groups targetting everyone from the government to mountaineers, visitor numbers to Pakistan have slowed to a trickle, which is a shame, as this remains one of Asia's most fascinating destinations. The teeming cities of the south lie on a continuum with the ancient cities of northern India, while the rugged north is a wild frontier that has changed only superficially since Mughal times.

What currency to use in Pakistan?

The official currency of Pakistan is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). If you want to exchange currency within Pakistan US Dollars and Euros are usually mostly accepted. Airports have 24 hour exchange bureaus, and hotels will often exchange cash, both however will usually charge a 3% charge. Banks also offer rather poor rates, making using an ATM the quickest, cheapest and most convenient way to get hold of cash. ATMs will only accept chip enabled cards, not ones with only a magnetic strip on the back. Always make sure you have the newer, undamaged notes, as otherwise they won't be accepted.

ATMs are usually easily available all through Pakistan, however in country areas they are not always reliable. So if you intend to leave the cities be sure to have some cash in hand. In Pakistan, it is mostly expected to use cash so cards are widely unaccepted. Make a point of letting your bank know you are going to be travelling in Pakistan to avoid your card being blocked by your bank, due to card fraud being high in this region.

How to get around in Pakistan?

Pakistan has a myriad of transport options. Train, bus and minibus are most common for long distance travel. For shorter distances use either rickshaws (south of Islamabad), taxis (Islamabad) or Jeeps (north of Islamabad). Pakistan has an extensive rail network. Trains are relativly comfortable, albeit a bit slow. Prices are reasonable, unless you want AC class. It is advisable to book your ticket ahead of time, and with the help of a local. English is rarely spoken, and without help you might end up with a standing-only ticket.

Pakistan’s array of bus options is sometimes dizzying. From crappy minibuses, to bedazzled local buses and a superbly run Daewoo service, you have a lot of choice. Our preference goes to Daewoo, or it’s northern equivalent, NATCO. These services are professional, leave on time and are very comfortable. Definitely worth the extra rupees.

Rickshaws have a somewhat bad reputation, but are a great way of getting around. There are no set prices, though, and sometimes you have to drive a hard bargain. As a basic rule of thumb, the actual price is 50% of what the rickshaw driver quotes you.

Public transport is not considered safe for foreigners, air travel is somewhat safer. A number of original forms of ID are required however, copies will not be accepted.

Travel tips for Pakistan.

People used to say that the risks of travel to Pakistan were overhyped by the media, but recent years have seen a marked upsurge in political and sectarian violence. Most foreign governments now advise against all travel, or all but essential travel, to large areas of the country, and in many places, foreign visitors are required to travel with an armed escort.

Almost everyone needs a visa for Pakistan. Pakistani visas are only issued in your country of residence. Don’t leave home without a visa if you plan to visit Pakistan, getting one on the road is impossible. Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, and its laws are based on sharia law. It has some of the most draconian blasphemy laws in the world. You should always be respectful of Islam and local culture. However, foreigners will hardly be hassled.

During your trip in Pakistan, you’ll be invited for lunch, dinner and even to stay at people’s houses so many times that, on many occasions, you will have to refuse. After your refusal, they will insist once again, over and over. They will also insist on carrying your bag and offering you food one hundred times even if you say that you are full. These are their cultural rules and you are the guest.


Travel money for Pakistan


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


Pakistan Trip Checklist    

  1. Compare PKR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Pakistan

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

When sending money to Pakistan 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 Pakistani Rupee 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 PKR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Pakistan.

Use our Send to PKR 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 Pakistani Rupee deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Popular PKR cross rates

PKR/USD - Pakistani Rupee to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0071691 Week
18 Jan 20190.0071841 Month
21 Aug 20180.0081456 Months
17 Feb 20180.0090421 Year
17 Feb 20170.0095422 Years
18 Feb 20140.0095355 Years
19 Feb 20090.012610 Years

PKR/EUR - Pakistani Rupee to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0063311 Week
18 Jan 20190.0063201 Month
21 Aug 20180.0070366 Months
17 Feb 20180.0072871 Year
17 Feb 20170.0089892 Years
18 Feb 20140.0069295 Years
19 Feb 20090.00990710 Years

PKR/GBP - Pakistani Rupee to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0055421 Week
18 Jan 20190.0055791 Month
21 Aug 20180.0063116 Months
17 Feb 20180.0064451 Year
17 Feb 20170.0076882 Years
18 Feb 20140.0057165 Years
19 Feb 20090.00876310 Years

PKR/JPY - Pakistani Rupee to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.78731 Week
18 Jan 20190.78861 Month
21 Aug 20180.89696 Months
17 Feb 20180.96131 Year
17 Feb 20171.07682 Years
18 Feb 20140.97525 Years
19 Feb 20091.181910 Years

PKR/AUD - Pakistani Rupee to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.01011 Week
18 Jan 20190.01001 Month
21 Aug 20180.01116 Months
17 Feb 20180.01141 Year
17 Feb 20170.01242 Years
18 Feb 20140.01065 Years
19 Feb 20090.019410 Years

PKR/CAD - Pakistani Rupee to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0095191 Week
18 Jan 20190.0095261 Month
21 Aug 20180.01066 Months
17 Feb 20180.01141 Year
17 Feb 20170.01252 Years
18 Feb 20140.01045 Years
19 Feb 20090.015810 Years

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