Britain's Currency


The currency in England is the pound.  The current exchange rate is £0.72p=$1, if you want to check the most up to date exchange rates go to Currency Converter.

Sample Prices

England, particularly London, is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world!  Budgeting is essential to avoid running out of money.  Here are a few sample prices to help you budget for your England trip:

  • Pint of lager = £3
  • Fish and chips pub meal = £8
  • Admission to a big-name club on a Friday = £15
  • Entry to Madame Tussauds = from £22
  • Ticket to a Premiership Football (soccer) match = from £40
  • Average room prices = hostel prices start from about £18, cheap room will cost £50-80, something mid-range from £80-100, and you could spend £100 (or well beyond!) on a classy pad.
  • Average meal prices = if you’re on a budget you’ll be able to get a decent meal for about £6, a nicer restaurant will charge around the £12 mark, and if a posh place is more your style you could be looking at spending £20 and beyond.

These prices are in British pounds, are correct as of 03/17/09 and are subject to change.

A service charge could be included on menu prices but is most likely to be added at the end.  If service isn’t included you’re expected to fork out at least 10% so check the bill carefully before handing over any extra.

Banking hours
Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.  Many are also open on Saturdays.  All major credit cards are accepted.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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