Cuban Convertible Pesos
Get ready for your trip to Cuba. Order your Cuban Convertible Pesos at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more CUC cash to spend. Have your Cuban convertible peso banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in Cuba
Jet off well-informed to Cuba. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Cuba.
Cuba is very much a cash-based economy. In more densely populated tourist areas in Havana, Varadero and Trinidad a number of vendors and international hotels have card terminals.
Cards issued by American banks won't work in Cuba. Accepted credit/debit cards are VISA and, to a lesser extend, Mastercard. American Express cards are only rarely accepted in Cuba.
If you are going to pay by card in Cuba: Be aware of steep currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank's CUC to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in the Caribbean, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend that you take some Cuban Convertible Peso cash with you on your trip to Cuba. Making purchases in Cuba goes hand in hand with cash payments.
There are two types of Cuban Pesos: Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) are for the tourism economy. The CUC is worth 25 times more than the CUP. The Cuban Peso (CUP) is used by Cuban residents.
When visiting Cuba you will only need Cuban Convertible Pesos, and you should avoid accepting any Cuban Pesos. The Convertible Pesos have the words 'Pesos Convertibles' on them.
In general, the cost of living in Cuba is cheaper than the cost of living in the UK. Prices in Cuba are around 35% lower than prices in the UK.
For a coffee in a cafe in Havana the price will be around $1.50 convertible pesos. A meal in a mid-range restaurant costs in the area of $15 CUC per person.
Tipping in Cuba is very much like standard tipping at home: not compulsory but appreciated. To reward service a tip of 15% to 20% is recommended.
Banknotes in Cuba
Cuban Convertible Peso banknotes have the text 'Pesos Convertibles' on the front side. That way you can easily distinguish them from the Cuban Pesos, which you shouldn't accept (they are worth 1/25 of the CUC rate).
The Cuban Convertible peso banknotes in circulation are $1, $3, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 CUC. All CUC banknotes have the image of a statue on the front side, unlike the CUP notes which have the image of a Cuban national hero, such as Che Guevara on the $3 CUP note.
Coins in Cuba
Cuban coins range from 1c to $5 pesos. There are 'tourist coins', which are CUC Convertible Pesos and 'national coins', which are CUP Cuban Pesos. The CUC coins have the national coat of arms on the front side and a statue/landmark on the back. You shouldn't accept coins with a portrait because they are the national coins and their value is 1/25th of the CUC tourist coins.
Cuba's currency import and export regulations
For non-resident visitors to Cuba there are no currency restrictions.
Ordering Cuban Convertible Pesos online
Order Cuban Convertible Pesos online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Cuban Convertible Pesos online.
Selling back Cuban Convertible Pesos
If you have Cuban Convertible Pesos to sell, follow this link to exchange Cuban Convertible Pesos to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'CUC Cuban convertible peso'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Cuban Convertible Pesos.