Honduras Lempira Exchange Rate – Currency Converter

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Honduras Money

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The currency in Honduras is referred to as the “Lempira” (HNL).

Financial exchange rates in Honduras are based on evaluations by the Central Bank of Honduras; however, global standards for exchange rates are set by the United Nations Treasury.  Honduras Banks use a variable Lempira exchange rate, which fluctuates upward of 19 Lempiras to 1 United States Dollar.  The United Nations Treasury last adjusted the Lempira exchange rate on December 31, 2011, setting the Honduran Lempira evaluation at 19.07 to 1 US Dollar.


It is advisable to use a currency converter, such as those offered below for reference, as the Honduras exchange rate varies. The currency converter displays all international currencies, and can be a handy reference for planning trips in order to evaluate how much money you will have to spend.

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Global exchange rates for the Lempira vs. Euro, or the Honduras Lempira against any other country’s currency according to the United Nations standards, can be found by visiting their website for the entire listing of the United Nations 2012 Exchange Rates by Country.

The Honduran currency consist of coins (monedas) and bills (lempiras, or “lemps” for short). Monedas are in use on the mainland of Honduras, but among the Bay Islands of Honduras, merchants exchange only Lempira bills. Lempiras are issued in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500.

Exchanging Money in Honduras

Although U.S. Dollars are widely accepted, Euros and other currencies are not. When using foreign currency, you will receive any change in the Honduran national currency. If you have a debit or credit card, you can ask for a cash advance in Lempiras at any of the Honduras banking facilities.

When traveling, never exchange money with people waving cash at the airport. Aside from being dangerous (as they now know how much money you are carrying), this is a profitable business for them, and you will never receive the top Lempira exchange rate. Hotels and shops are going to give you a reduced exchange rate for your currency as well.

Banks will exchange Canadian money, Euros, and travelers checks, but banking takes quite some time in Honduras; usually more than an hour wait in line for a simple transaction. Most merchants will not accept Canadian money, Euros, nor travelers checks.

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