What is the currency?
The currency in Goa is the Indian Rupee (INR). Indian Rupees can only be bought in India and must be exchanged back before you return home. We do not recommend exchanging currency at the airport on arrival as the exchange rate is usually very poor and queues are common. You can exchange money either in the hotels or in shops in most resorts. You can currently find exchange rates of around INR 80 to £1 (Nov 2016).
Here’s a breakdown to give you an idea of the sorts of prices you can expect to pay for typical holiday purchases…
Bottle of Kingfisher beer: 50p-£1 each
Lunch at a beach shack: £2-£3
A 3 course evening meal: £20-£25
A silk scarf from a market stall: £3-£5
Spices from a market stall: £1-£2 for 100g
Please bear in mind it’s customary to barter with stall owners. Anywhere between a 25-50% reduction from their opening price would be a good discount to aim for.
As service charges are not usually included, it is customary to tip waiters, guides and drivers between 5-10% of the total bill.
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