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The Low Down on the American Currency

Currency:

US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)

Nicknames:

greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Coins:

1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1


The US dollar is one of the most dominant reserve currencies in the world and is also the main tender for several other countries or regions outside the United States, including the Caribbean, Ecuador and El Salvador.



Don’t be surprised to hear dollars being referred to as ‘bucks’ when you are out and about, this is a commonly used nickname! You may also hear 5 cent coins referred to as a ‘nickel’, a 10 cent coin as a ‘dime’ and a 25 cent coin as a ‘quarter’.



Tipping is standard practice across America and you will be expected to pay up to 15% on top of your meal – or even 20% for upmarket restaurants. Thankfully, portion sizes tend to be very generous indeed, so you’re unlikely to feel short-changed!

What to spend your dollars on

  • Poker Chip

    Smart gambling in Vegas

    1 USD *

  • Taxi

    Grand Central Station to
    the Empire State Building

    5.50 USD *

  • Basket Ball

    Catch an LA Lakers game (from)

    35 USD *

  • Cinema

    IMAX at the L.A. Chinese Theatre

    19 USD *

  • Coffee

    Sip fresh coffee at Central Park

    4 USD *

How many dollars will I need?**

Please select your budget above.


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Must-sees in the United States

New York
  • New York
  • This bustling metropolis is full of great landmarks. The Empire State Building, Broadway theatre district and Madison Square Garden are just three of them, begging to be explored!
New Orleans
  • New Orleans
  • A vibrant clash of American, Caribbean and French influences, New Orleans is especially known for its live blues and jazz music.
Miami
  • Miami
  • Miami features a unique blend of Hispanic and American culture that you won’t find anywhere else. Take it all in while you walk the famous South Beach.

Buying US dollars online is easy

Order American dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy US Dollars Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

Prefer to Buy in Store?

Prefer to Buy in Store?

If buying online is not your thing, visit your nearest Travelex store around and one of our friendly sales consultants will help you organise your real for your trip to The United States of America.

Find a Store

Travelling to the USA in the Future?

Travelling to the USA in the Future?

Track Rates and get notified when the US dollar matches your ideal rate so you can decide if it’s a good time to buy!

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USA Travel Guide

USA Travel Guide

Before you head off, check out our US Travel Guide which includes some not-to-miss highlights when you visit the United States of America!

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Would have preferred a paperless option

Would have preferred a paperless option

LINDA

Easy to order online

Easy to order online, seamless pickup process, would definitely use again.

Paul

Great way to buy online currency

Great rate - prompt - delivered on time - easy website to order from. Second time I have used online currency order delivery to home - no problems whatsoever

Melanie Griffiths

The best rate

The best rate, easy transaction with home delivery within 2days.Thanks travelex

Customer

Easy online purchase available

Easy online purchase available. Always ready when requested at convenient pick up point where staff are competent and friendly.

Lexie Webb

The money was there on time and the…

The money was there on time and the denominations could be changed on the spot

Elizabeth Rosalind Abraham

Quick and reliable

Quick and reliable

Peter Collina

Quick and easy

Quick and easy

Leonie Makovec

Your system works

Everything went smoothly except when I went to pick up the money. There was no-one at the Travelex desk - I had to wait 5 minutes and no-one in the bank let me know what was happening. Eventually the teller arrived. She asked for my printout of the email, got out the envelope, opened it, asked me for my id; then told me it was wrong. It was then that she realised she had opened the wrong envelope, and found the correct one. So I am confirming that your system with its checks and balances works.

Vicki

quick and easy to order online

quick and easy to order online, easy pickup at kiosk. Friendly local agent even took the time to call me and advise pickup time.

Greg Critchley

Ordered online hassle free pick and at…

Ordered online hassle free pick and at good rates.

Michael Allen Coyne

No issues with the website or the face…

No issues with the website or the face to face.

Paul J.

So easy to order foreign currency at a…

So easy to order foreign currency at a good rate and fast delivery

Jennifer Lucas

Great customer service experience

Great customer service experience. Forgot to pick up cash at one domestic airport before flight. They were able to transfer that pickup fairly promptly to another location without too much fuss at all.

Julian

Simple on line service to use

Simple on line service to use. Secure. Easy.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.