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Want to chill in Chile? Take some travel money with you
Chile is vast; a long, narrow, largely coastal country on the southwestern side of South America. Its geography is diverse and spellbinding, attracting adventure travellers and those seeking something truly out of the ordinary to its far-flung shores.
If you’re going on the adventure of a lifetime to Chile, make sure you’ve got the travel money you need. Chile isn’t cheap, and taxes and fees can drive prices up. It’s wise to be equipped. Read on for more information about how to use your Chilean pesos and learn about how to get your Chilean pesos from Post Office.
Get our best Chilean peso rates online. The more you buy, the better the rate
Get your Chilean peso currency at Post Office
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Order travel money online or in participating Post Office branches up to five days in advance
For our best rates, order online – between £400 and £2,500
Buy more to get even better rates
Order £500 or more to get free home delivery of your Chilean pesos
Or order by 3pm to pick up in any branch the next working day
We’ll refund your Chilean pesos if your trip is cancelled or buy back banknotes you don’t use
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Get hold of your holiday money quickly. Pick up your order at your nearest Post Office as soon as the next day.
Chile is an enormous country with varying levels of infrastructure throughout. ATMs are usually quite easy to find, and it will be important to have cash as plastic is mainly used in established businesses like hotels, car rental firms and higher-end restaurants.
Prices can vary quite broadly across the country but its capital city, Santiago, was among the most expensive of all destinations surveyed in the Post Office Money long-haul report.
Beware that charges when withdrawing cash or using plastic can be high relative to other countries. High-value bills can be tricky to break so it’s useful to have smaller notes and change on you. You’re likely to get the best exchange rates in the capital of Santiago. Hotels and some other businesses often accept US dollars as currency.
Bureaux de change can be found in most populous areas but it may be worth checking online for the current exchange rate to be sure that you’re not paying over the odds unnecessarily.
In Santiago, average prices include bottled water for £1.33, carbonated drinks for £2.67 and a coffee for £3.78
A three-course meal for two with wine in the capital costs an average of £75.52
Items such as insect repellent and sun cream will cost around £8-9 and £16 respectively
The Chilean peso is the national currency of Chile. Banknotes come in 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. Coins are uncommon and lower-denomination coins are falling out of circulation, however there are coins of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos.
US dollars are often used in Chile. It can be helpful to have a supply of dollars too.
Which countries and territories use the Chilean peso?
The Chilean peso is only used in Chile.
Where can you buy Chilean pesos?
Order your Chilean pesos online or in our participating branches.
Order between £400 and £2,500 online for our best rates. The more you buy, the better the rate.
If you order £500 or more, we’ll deliver your Chilean pesos to your home the next working day free of charge, or on a Saturday for a small £1.50 charge. Orders of £400 - £499 can be delivered for just £4.99.
Order online by 3pm and you can pick your pesos up the next working day in any branch.
You can also get yourself a Travel Money Card. This is a prepaid Mastercard® that can be used for transactions anywhere you see the Mastercard® Acceptance Mark, including contactless payment and to withdraw cash. Use it with our free Travel app to keep track of your holiday spending, top up and switch currencies, view your PIN, freeze your card and much more.