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Travel advise: payments in Mexico
Jet off well-informed to Mexico. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Mexico.
Card payments are widely accepted in Mexico, especially so in the international hotels, chain restaurants and shopping malls in Mexico City and other large cities, and in high-footfall tourist areas such as Cancun, Tulum, Cabo San Lucas and Punta Cana.
Smaller vendors may only be able to accept cash payments. This is also the case for vendors in smaller towns.
Chip and pin payments are in use in Mexico since they were introduced some years ago. But some vendors may still have the old card machines, only accepting swipe and sign payments. British cards will only work with swipe and sign if this feature has been enabled.
If you are going to pay by card in Mexico: Be aware of significant currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank’s MXN to GBP exchange rate may be quite bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Mexico, North America or South America, 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.
It’s certainly a good idea to take some Mexican Dollar cash with you on your trip to Mexico. Cash remains a popular, convenient and reliable payment method in Mexico, and a great fallback option if card payments aren’t accepted.
Smaller vendors will often only accept cash payments. You’ll also need cash for taxi rides, public transport, tipping, paying tour guides, street and beach vendors, parking meters, festivals and local food markets such as Tianguis de la 94 in Cancun.
Prices in Mexico are on average 47% lower than prices in the UK, making Mexico a great destination if you’re looking for cheap food and drinks.
A coffee in Cancun costs around $45 to $50 MXN. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant the average bill is around $300 MXN per person.
When eating and drinking out in Mexico you are expected to leave a tip. An important part of waiters’ salaries is from tips.
If you are happy about the service you received, consider leaving a tip of 15% to 20% of the bill, paid in cash.
Banknotes in Mexico
Polymer banknotes circulate alongside with paper banknotes. The $20 and $50 banknotes are polymer ones. Make sure not to accept Mexican banknotes dated before 1993: The (old) Mexican Peso (MXP) was replaced in 1993 by the New Mexican Peso (MXN) at a rate of 1000 old to 1 new.
The Mexican Peso banknotes in circulation are $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 MXN.
Coins in Mexico
Mexican coins range from 5 centavos to $10 MXN. The subunit of the Mexican Dollar is the centavo, with 100 centavos in one dollar.
Did you get back from Mexico with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Mexican Dollar coins back to cash.
Mexico’s currency import and export regulations
There are no currency restrictions in Mexico, but travelers need to declare currency with a value over $10,000 USD when entering or leaving the country.
Ordering Mexican Dollars online
Order Mexican 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 Mexican Dollars online.
Selling back Mexican Dollars
If you have Mexican Dollars to sell, follow this link to exchange Mexican Dollars to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘MXN Mexican Dollar’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Mexican Dollars.