Money and costs

The Sri Lankan currency is the rupee (Rs), divided into 100 cents; pricing in cents is rare. Rupee coins come in denominations of one, two, five and 10 rupees. Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupees.


Although a 10% service charge is added to food and accommodation bills, this usually goes straight to the owner rather than the worker.

Restaurants & Bars Up to 10% in cash to servers beyond the ‘service charge’
Drivers 10% of total fee
Room cleaners Up to Rs 100 per day
Bag carriers/porters Rs 50 per bag
Shoe minders at temples Rs 20
Guides Varies greatly; agree to a fee in parks and religious sites before you set out