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USD to LKR mid-rate = 179.454

Right now the USD/LKR market mid-rate is 179.454 and represents ideally how many Sri Lankan Rupee you can get for one United States Dollar.

Looking for LKR travel money? Then it is important to note that the Sri Lankan Rupee is a closed currency. Which means that you will not be able to purchase the currency before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival. For more information and a full list of closed currencies read our guide: What is a closed currency?

A good solution for closed currencies is to use a pre-paid travel card to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and also minimise ATM fees - Compare Travel Cards

You can calculate equivalent United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee currency amounts (at mid-rate) below. Then select the transaction type to compare the best exchange rates available for USD to LKR transfers or buying LKR travel money.

USD / LKR Converter


1 United States Dollar equals
179.454 Sri Lankan Rupee

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United States Dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee

1 USD 179.45 LKR
5 USD 897.27 LKR
10 USD 1,794.54 LKR
20 USD 3,589.08 LKR
50 USD 8,972.70 LKR
100 USD 17,945.40 LKR
250 USD 44,863.50 LKR
500 USD 89,727.00 LKR
1,000 USD 179,454.00 LKR
2,000 USD 358,908.00 LKR
5,000 USD 897,270.00 LKR
10,000 USD 1,794,540.00 LKR
50,000 USD 8,972,700.00 LKR
100,000 USD 17,945,400.00 LKR
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United States Dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee

0.0056 USD 1 LKR
0.0279 USD 5 LKR
0.0557 USD 10 LKR
0.1114 USD 20 LKR
0.2786 USD 50 LKR
0.5572 USD 100 LKR
1.3930 USD 250 LKR
2.7860 USD 500 LKR
5.5720 USD 1,000 LKR
11.14 USD 2,000 LKR
27.86 USD 5,000 LKR
55.72 USD 10,000 LKR
278.60 USD 50,000 LKR
557.20 USD 100,000 LKR
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United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee (USD-LKR) - 10 Year History

The below table shows the historic variation in the USD/LKR exchange rate over the last 10 years. The percentage change is the difference from the date shown to present. This lets you decide if the current rate is in your favour. You can also view our various charts of USD versus other currencies : USD historical charts.

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
16 Dec 2018179.8000Latest
09 Dec 2018178.52561 Week+0.71%
16 Nov 2018176.74001 Month+1.73%
19 Jun 2018160.00006 Months+12.38%
16 Dec 2017153.79231 Year+16.91%
16 Dec 2016149.32972 Years+20.4%
17 Dec 2013130.80405 Years+37.46%
18 Dec 2008111.873510 Years+60.72%

Best Rates for USD/LKR Transfers and Travel Money

The total transaction cost you will be charged is the margin from the mid-rate offered by your foreign exchange provider plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees will vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions.

Why can't I just get the USD/LKR market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

The USD/LKR mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the USD / LKR was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

The closer your final exchange rate is to the market USD/LKR midrate the better deal you are getting.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

The three things you need in order to get a good USD to LKR exchange rate

  1. Know the latest USD/LKR market mid-rate. The closer your final exchange rate is to this real market rate the better deal you are getting. You should also judge how the current rate compares to the historic rate over the past 10 years.
  2. Compare your Bank's transaction costs to several licensed FX providers, remember to compare the exchange rate margins as well as the various types of fees. We make that easy to do with our calculators for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Review up-to-date Currency News and Forecasts for both the and currencies, if available.

Currency news and forecasts for United States Dollar and Sri Lankan Rupee

Whenever you are researching a particular exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies as the value of a currency must always be quoted relative to a second currency.

So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the USD vs LKR, you should pay attention to both United States Dollar and Sri Lankan Rupee news and forecasts.

United States Dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts

14-December-18: Against a basket of currencies, the US dollar struck an 18-month high in mid-December after negative political and economic developments weighed on rest-of-the-world currencies. At the time of writing, the dollar was showing trade-weighted appreciation of 6 percent for 2018 and was on course to gain in 10 of the year’s 12 months.

The dollar had strengthened to levels near $1.13 against the euro, which suffered due to disappointing eurozone economic data and Brexit-related uncertainties.

Brexit allowed the dollar to gain handsomely against the pound in 2018. On December-11, GBP/USD traded below 1.25 for the first time since early 2017.

The economic slowdown in China has also helped the dollar by creating safe haven flows into the US. The dollar has yet to reach the magic 7-yuan level but remains close to it, at levels near 6.9.

For 2019, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley are both bearish the greenback. The banks remain skeptical over future Fed interest rate hikes and point to a possible US economic downturn in the second half of the year.

Scotiabank is forecasting EUR/USD at $1.30 by 2019 year-end, indicating a potential 13 percent decline in the dollar’s buying power.

Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) - Market news and forecasts

As of September 2018, Sri Lanka is at the top of a list of seven emerging market countries that are most likely to join nations such as Turkey and Argentina in a currency crisis according to the investment bank Nomura. "Sri Lanka is at risk of a crisis erupting at any time," the economists noted.

"With foreign exchange reserves of less than five months of import cover and high short-term external debt of around $US7.5 billion, its refinancing needs are large. Political stability also remains an issue."


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