Get ready for your trip to Hong Kong. Order your Hong Kong Dollars at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you’ll have more HKD cash to spend. Have your Hong Kong Dollar banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
Manor FX offers fast delivery times and a fuss-free online ordering process for your Hong Kong dollar travel money.
Travel advise: payments in Hong Kong
Jet off well-informed to Hong Kong. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Hong Kong.
Card payments are very widely accepted in Hong Kong. But be aware of card fees and currency conversion fees that can make paying by card in Hong Kong costly.
Banks often charge £1.25 or more per transaction, plus a percentage fee on the transaction. Your bank’s HKD to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money.
Before using your bank card for payments in Asia, 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.
If you want to avoid the high card fees, we recommend taking Hong Kong Dollars in cash with you on your trip to Hong Kong. Cash is a popular and convenient means of payment in Hong Kong.
The hustle and bustle of Kowloon, with its many street vendors and food markets is very much cash-based. In addition you’ll need cash for taxi rides, tipping and paying local tour guides.
The overall cost of living in Hong Kong is 22% higher than the cost of living in the UK.
For a coffee in a cafe in Kowloon, the price will be around $35 HKD. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost around $250 HKD per person.
A service charge of 5% to 10% is in many cases already added to the bill. However this charge usually isn’t going to the waiter.
If you want to reward your waiter for his/her excellent service it’s recommended you leave an extra 5% to 10% tip in cash.
Banknotes in Hong Kong
Banknotes in Hong Kong are issued by the Government of Hong Kong and three commercial banks: the Bank of China, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. All these banknotes circulate alongside each other.
For banknotes, the denominations in use in Hong Kong are $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000 HKD.
Coins in Hong Kong
Hong Kongese coins range from 10 cents (0.10 HKD) to $10 HKD. The older coins have the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. They circulate alongside the newer coins and both types are valid and legal tender.
Did you get back from Hong Kong with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Hong Kong Dollar coins back to cash.
Hong Kong’s currency import and export regulations
You can take an unlimited amount of Hong Kong Dollars in and out of Hong Kong. But travelers to Hong Kong must make a cash declaration if they carry over $120,000 HKD worth in cash, either in Hong Kong dollars or in foreign currency.
Ordering Hong Kong Dollars online
Order Hong Kong Dollars 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 Hong Kong Dollars online.
Selling back Hong Kong Dollars
If you have Hong Kong Dollars to sell, follow this link to exchange Hong Kong Dollars to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘HKD Hong Kong Dollar’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Hong Kong Dollars.