Currency and Exchange Rates

Although credit cards are widely accepted, it is advisable to have some local currency on hand for small purchases.

The currency in Brazil is the REAL (R$). It can be exchanged at banks, exchange brokers, travel agencies, and authorized hotels. The official exchange rate is published daily in newspapers and specialized websites.

Both travellers checks and cash are easily exchanged at exchange counters. International credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, shops, travel agencies, car rental companies, and other companies that provide services to tourists.

As for the REAL, bills and coins have distinctive features and security elements that facilitate their identification. Brazilian banknotes are printed in denominations of 2 reals, 5 reals, 10 reals, 20 reals, 50 reals, 100 reals, and 200 reals. Brazilian coins are minted in denominations of 5 centavos, 10 centavos, 25 centavos, 50 centavos, and 1 Brazilian real.


Brazilian Real banknotes


Brazilian Real coins