Budget planning tool
Punch in your holiday deets below to use crowd-sourced Numbeo data* to help you plan your spending money.
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Planning your trip to Brazil
Holiday Budget Calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
Coins and notes
Introduced to Brazil in 1994, the Brazilian real is divided into 100 centavos (cents). Coins that are in circulation include 5, 10, 25, 50 and R$1. Banknotes are avialbale in R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100 variations.
Facts about the currency
- In 2010, a new series of banknotes was introduced, with added security enhancements and different sizes designed to help people with low vision.
- In Portuguese, the word "real" means both royal and real.
- Instead of using a decimal point for the decimal separator, Brazilian reals have a comma. The thousands separator for Brazilian money is the period. So $6,00 is actually 6 reals, not R$600, while $6.000 is six thousand reals. It might be a bit different than what you’re used to, but don’t stress meu amigo – you’ll get the hang of it.
- The female effigy on all Brazilian banknotes, a young woman wearing a crown of bay leaves, is an important symbol of the Brazilian Republic.
- Each Brazilian banknote has a different animal on the back. For example, the $20 has a golden lion tamarin and the $100 has a dusky grouper, a type of fish.
- A constellation is printed on each Brazilian coin.
- The BRL is also sometimes used in neighbouring Uruguay and Paraguay, so be sure to keep some handy if you plan to venture into either of these countries. So what are you waiting for? Rápido por favor!
The historical rates chart makes it easy to compare the two currencies. Simply adjust the date range to see recent trends in the exchange rate. Political, world and local events can cause rates to fluctuate; but if you don’t find the rates you need, never fear. You can sign up for currency rate alerts, which will alert you when the BRL hits your desired rate.