The Low Down on Brazilian Currency
Central Bank of Brazil
|Currency sub unit:|
R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100
5₢, 10₢, 25₢, 50₢, R$1
The Brazilian real is the official currency of Brazil and is abbreviated as BRL. One ‘real’ is made up of 100 centavos. The Brazilian real used today was introduced back in 1994; when introduced it was pegged against the US dollar at an exchange rate of 1:1. It uses a dollar-like symbol with the exception being that it has two vertical lines instead of one.
A bit of a difficult one to pronounce, it is actually pronounced "hey-al". The plural of the real is reais and is pronounced "hey-ice".
The most commonly used denominations are: R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100.
What to spend your real on:
3 course meal for 2
1.5l Bottle of water
Postcard and a stamp
One-way Ticket on Local Transport
Must-See Places in Brazil
Buying Brazilian real online is easy
Order Brazilian real online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly.
- 1. Click the ‘Buy Real Now’ button below
And tell us how much you need for your trip.
- 2. Choose where to get it
Collect your currency from 33 Travelex stores.
- 3. Pay online
Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!
*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.