Sri Lankan Rupees
Get ready for your trip to Sri Lanka. Order your Sri Lankan Rupees at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more LKR cash to spend. Have your Sri Lankan Rupee 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 Sri Lankan rupee travel money.
Travel advise: payments in Sri Lanka
Jet off well-informed to Sri Lanka. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Sri Lanka.
International card payments aren't available in most shops in Sri Lanka. However, in Colombo, many international hotels, luxury shops, large shopping malls and big supermarkets will be able to accept payments with an international credit or debit card.
Contactless payments have been introduced in Sri Lanka. When you see the contactless logo, it is possible to make a purchase for up to 5000 LKR and pay by touching your card to the reader. For higher amounts you'll need to key in your PIN code.
If you are going to pay by card in Sri Lanka: Be aware of currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments in Sri Lanka: Your bank's LKR to GBP exchange rate may be dramatically bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Sri Lanka 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.
Cash is an important method of payment in Sri Lanka. We recommend that you take LKR cash with you on your trip to Sri Lanka.
You'll need cash for purchases in most local shops, from street vendors, taxi rides, public transport, tipping, markets and eateries.
Prices in Sri Lanka are much lower than prices in the UK: On average the cost of living in Sri Lanka is 50% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
A coffee in a cafe will cost around 300-400 LKR. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant the cost will be around 2000 - 3000 LKR.
Sri Lankans will expect you to leave a tip and they will do their best to offer you great service, hoping for a tip.
Salaries are low for waiting staff and tips are important for them as a source of income. We recommend tipping an amount of around 15%-20% of the bill. Always tip in cash.
Banknotes in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Rupees in circulation are from the Dancers Series. They feature traditional dancers on the back side. The banknotes in Sri Lanka are in the following denominations: Rs20, Rs50, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1000 and Rs5000 LKR.
Coins in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan coins range from 25c to Rs10 LKR.
Sri Lanka's currency import and export regulations
Travelers can take up to 20,000 Sri Lankan rupees per person into Sri Lanka. There isn't a restriction on the amount of foreign currency but you'll need to declare values over $10,000 USD. Indian and Pakistani currency are prohibited.
Ordering Sri Lankan Rupees online
Order Sri Lankan Rupees 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 Sri Lankan Rupees online.
Selling back Sri Lankan Rupees
If you have Sri Lankan Rupees to sell, follow this link to exchange Sri Lankan Rupees to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'LKR Sri Lankan Rupee'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Sri Lankan Rupees.