How to get your Jamaican Dollar

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How far will your Jamaican Dollars go?

Here's how much you can expect to pay for things in Jamaica: 

  • Three-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant: 6,000 J$ (£36.60)
  • Coffee: 303.26 J$ (£1.85)
  • Domestic beer bottle: 250 J$ (1.99)
  • Bottle of water: 97 J$ (£0.59)
  • One-way ticket on local transport: 100 J$ (£0.61)
  • Taxi/km: 375 J$ (£2.29)
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Paying for things in Jamaica

You should be able to pay with card in hotels and large shops and restaurants, but will need cash for smaller purchases.

ATMs are widely available in larger towns and cities on the island in banks branches, shopping centres, resorts and petrol stations. However, they typically add a service fee, and are not always in service, particularly outside of popular tourist areas. For this reason, it’s a good idea to carry some emergency cash on you as a back-up.

Do I need to tip?

A 10% tip is customary in hotels and restaurants, but this may be added to your bill automatically.

Tipping in taxis isn’t expected.


What denominations does the Jamaican Dollar come in?

The Jamaican Dollar comes in the following denominations:


50, 100, 500, 1000 J$


1, 50, 10, 20 and 50 J$; 25 c

Buy Back

Leftover Jamaican Dollars?

No problem. We'll buy back any Jamaican Dollars you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 

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