Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan Rupee - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Rupee currency plus sending (LKR) transfers and travel tips for Sri Lanka.

 
 
CountrySri Lanka
FlagSri Lanka
Country CodeLK
Domestic Currency Sri Lankan Rupee
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeLKR
Exchange RateUSD/LKR = 193.37
Telephone Prefix+94

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee

USD

LKR

U$ 1
₨ 193.37
U$ 5
₨ 966.85
U$ 10
₨ 1,934
U$ 20
₨ 3,867
U$ 50
₨ 9,669
U$ 100
₨ 19,337
U$ 250
₨ 48,343
U$ 500
₨ 96,685
U$ 1,000
₨ 193,370
U$ 2,000
₨ 386,740
U$ 5,000
₨ 966,850
U$ 10,000
₨ 1,933,700
U$ 50,000
₨ 9,668,500
U$ 100,000
₨ 19,337,000
More amounts

USD

LKR

U$ 0.0052
₨ 1
U$ 0.0259
₨ 5
U$ 0.0517
₨ 10
U$ 0.1034
₨ 20
U$ 0.2586
₨ 50
U$ 0.5171
₨ 100
U$ 1.2928
₨ 250
U$ 2.5855
₨ 500
U$ 5.1710
₨ 1,000
U$ 10.34
₨ 2,000
U$ 25.86
₨ 5,000
U$ 51.71
₨ 10,000
U$ 258.55
₨ 50,000
U$ 517.10
₨ 100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/LKR amounts use our Convert USD to LKR quick calculator. To read more about the latest exchange rate trends and to compare FX provider rates view USD to LKR Rate Guide.

Sri Lanka Currency Info


Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Sri Lanka?

The domestic currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee.

What is the Sri Lankan Rupee currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Sri Lankan Rupee is LKR — symbol is .

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Sri Lankan Rupee?

U$ 100 converts to ₨ 19,337

Which countries use the Sri Lankan Rupee?

It is the domestic currency in Sri Lanka.

Is the Sri Lankan Rupee a closed currency?

Yes the Sri Lankan Rupee is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (LKR) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.

For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?


Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) in the markets

NAB told Bloomberg TV that it sees a recovery in Asian currencies in the 2nd half of 2020 if the coronavirus comes under control.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to LKR exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

ALERTS:7-DAY3.8% 🔔| 90-DAY HIGHS 🔔 |
USD/LKR at 193.37 was trading 5.6% above AVG:183.17 with LO:180.91 and HI:193.37 (90 days). ALERTS: USD/LKR was UP 3.8% this 7-DAY period and also rose to 90-DAY HIGHS.
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is very safe place to travel despite the 26 year civil war that finished in 2009. You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of uncertainty kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries.Now, however, all that has changed. The country is moving forward quickly as more and more people discover its myriad charms. Lying between the more trodden parts of India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka's history, culture and natural beauty are undeniably alluring.

Few places have as many Unesco World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Sri Lanka's 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks. Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still often uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.

What currency to use in Sri Lanka?

The currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee (LKR), and no other currencies will be accepted so be sure to exchange your dollars or get rupees from the ATM when you arrive at the airport. Exchange offices in other countries charge a higher commission compared to getting your money changed when you arrive in Sri Lanka so you'll should to go to an ATM or exchange cash on arrival. It is often possible to change your currency at hotels, but the rate is often not as good. In the cities ATMs are no problem to find and accept most cards and accepted by local establishments (even in small towns), however be sure to let your bank know you are travelling in Sri Lanka before you leave to avoid having your card blocked by your bank due to high fraud risk in this region.

How to travel in Sri Lanka?

Getting around in Sri Lanka can be quite time consuming so be sure to plan for that. Bus travel in Sri Lanka can be interesting and entertaining. Many locals speak some English, so you may have some enjoyable interactions. Vendors board to sell snacks and gifts on long-distance routes. Driving in Sri Lanka requires constant attention to the road. Country roads are often narrow and potholed, with constant pedestrian, bicycle and animal traffic to navigate. Note, however, that Sri Lanka’s massive road-building program is improving roads across the nation, especially in the North and East. An affordable and convenient way of getting around is hiring a 'car and driver'.

A car and a driver guarantee maximum flexibility in your travels, and while the driver deals with the chaotic roads, you can look out the window and – try to – relax. You can find taxi drivers who will happily become your chauffeur for a day or more in all the main tourist centres. Guesthouses and hotels can connect you with a driver, which may be the best method. Travel agencies also offer various car and driver schemes, although these can cost considerably more.

Sri Lanka Railways runs the nation's railways, and trains are a great way to cross the country. Although they are slow, there are few overnight or all-day ordeals to contend with. A train ride is almost always more relaxed than a bus ride.

Travel tips for Sri Lanka.

While Colombo is commonly thought to be the capital, the technical capital is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, which is the political capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (SJK) is however only 12 km from Colombo and is thought of by many to be a suburb of Colombo, which is the larger more industrial city of the two.

Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages in Sri Lanka. English is a ‘link’ language and generally understood by most people and is easy to get by. Off the beaten track knowledge of it thins. English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops.

No inoculations are compulsory unless you are coming from a yellow fever or cholera area. (Cholera is very occasionally reported in Sri Lanka, so is not considered a serious risk.) However, some vaccinations are recommended, particularly if you plan a long trip or intend visiting remote areas so check with your doctor if that is the case.

 

Travel money for Sri Lanka

As mentioned above, the Sri Lankan Rupee is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult (or be permitted) to purchase the currency (LKR) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in Sri Lanka.

For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the LKR you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in Sri Lanka.

However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.

 

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Sending money to Sri Lanka

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

When sending money to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lankan 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 LKR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Sri Lanka.

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

 

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Sri Lankan Rupee to US Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodLKR/USDDate
1 Day0.00531230 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00533024 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00549901 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00548501 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00573401 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00752202 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00876103 Apr 2010

Sri Lankan Rupee to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodLKR/EURDate
1 Day0.00481730 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00493624 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00497601 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00488901 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00511801 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00691502 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00647703 Apr 2010

Sri Lankan Rupee to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodLKR/GBPDate
1 Day0.00429530 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00452124 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00430201 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00413901 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00438801 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00507102 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00574203 Apr 2010

Sri Lankan Rupee to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodLKR/AUDDate
1 Day0.00861730 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00892824 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00849901 Mar 2020
3 Month0.00781401 Jan 2020
1 Year0.00806501 Apr 2019
5 Year0.00991602 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00953603 Apr 2010

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