Trinidad and Tobago: PRICES 2023 | Is it expensive there?

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All information relating to the currency and prices in Trinidad and Tobago in one place! Check out what is the official currency in Trinidad and Tobago. How much is the food? What is the fuel price? Is Trinidad expensive? Is Tobago expensive?


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Shops – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

What is the official currency of Trinidad and Tobago?

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Trinidad and Tobago 2023
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Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The official currency of Trinidad and Tobago is Trinidad and Tobago dollar. There are coins available in the following denominations: 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and also banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20 and 100 dollars.

In February 2020 the Central Bank announced plans of exchanging all paper banknotes to the polymer ones.

As of today (February 2023) a TT dollar’s exchange rate is 0,15 USD.

Shops in Trinidad and Tobago

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Shops – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The shops that would lead the way among others in Trinidad and Tobago are called Massy Store and Penny Savers. Both are pretty well equipped, you can find there many grocery items that you can forget about in other Caribbean countries.

What was problematic though was finding an ordinary hand cream – I could not buy it in neither supermarket nor pharmacy. It is worth mentioning that pharmacies, besides medicine, also offer snacks, beverages and other things that would be better associated with a shop at the gas station rather than a pharmacy.

Food prices in Trinidad and Tobago

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Shops – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The food prices in Trinidad and Tobago are relatively high. Of course, you can spend 100 TT$ (14,70 USD) for a two-person meal at the fast food restaurant, but it is much cheaper to cook at home.

Exemplary food prices in Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Small bag of chips: 2 – 6 TT$ (0,30 – 0,90 USD)
  • Big bag of chips (e.g. Lays, Doritos): 30 TT$ (4,40 USD)
  • Local brand biscuits: 15 TT$ (2 USD)
  • Nescafe instant coffee: 94 TT$ (13,80 USD)
  • A pound of apples: 7 – 17 TT$ (1 – 2,50 USD)
  • Pineapple per piece: 11 TT$ (1,60 USD)
  • Green pepper: 15 TT$ (2,20 USD)
  • Red pepper:38,55 TT$ (5,70 USD)
  • A pound of bananas: 7,82 TT$ (1,10 USD)
  • Baguette per piece: 9 TT$ (1,30 USD)
  • Salad boxes to go: 37 TT$ (5,45 USD)
  • Coca-cola: 2l 10,95 TT$ (1,60 USD)
  • A jar of peanut butter:22 – 30 TT$ (3,20 – 4,40 USD)
  • Tuna in a can: 200g 9 TT$ (1,30 USD)
  • Juice (1 l): 10 – 30 TT$ (1,50 – 4,40 USD)
  • Jelly candy (90g): 12 TT$ (1,80 USD)
  • Water (500 ml), 18 bottles: 45 TT$ (6,60 USD)
  • Wieners: 14 – 17 TT$ (2 – 2,50 USD)
  • Washing detergent 500g: 16 TT$; Ariel 800g: 30,50 TT$ (2,50 – 4,50 USD)
  • Classic Oreo: 50 TT$ (7,40 USD)
  • Chewing gum: 12 TT$ (1,80 USD)
  • Heineken 6-pack 350 ml: 75 TT$ (11 USD)
  • Local beer Stag (lager) 6-pack 350 ml: 58,50 TT$ (8,60 USD)
  • Polish vodka Sobieski: 179 TT$ (26,40 USD)
  • Jack Daniels 1l: 362 TT$ (53 USD)
  • Johny Walker Black 750ml: 239,99 TT$ (35 USD)
  • KFC chicken sandwich: 30 TT$ (4,40 USD)
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Shops – Trinidad and Tobago 2023
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Restaurants – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The Internet prices in Trinidad and Tobago

As I mentioned in the post about SIM card purchase, the Internet in this country is expensive.

Bmobile offers a week of unlimited Internet and calls for 99TT$ (14,60 USD), a month of the same service is 350TT$ (51,50 USD).

Price of the SIM card itself is around 45TT$ (6,60 USD).

The fuel prices in Trinidad and Tobago

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Fuel prices – Trinidad and Tobago 2023
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Fuel prices – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

Considering if is Trinidad expensive and is Tobago expensive, we have to think about the fuel prices. The fuel price in Trinidad and Tobago is low due to the fact that crude oil is being extracted here.

The price of fuel in Trinidad and Tobago is around 6.75 TT$ (0,99 USD) per liter.

Fun fact:

Full refueling of a car turned out cheaper than going to a restaurant for two.

Apartment rental price in Trinidad and Tobago

The apartment rental in Trinidad and Tobago is expensive. An average price for a medium standard one night for two in Port of Spain is around 50 USD. If you want better conditions you need to have around 100 USD on you for a night.

An average price for one night stay in Trinidad and Tobago is around 70-90 USD.

How much for the tours and attractions in Trinidad and Tobago?

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Prices – Trinidad and Tobago 2023

The tours and attractions prices in Trinidad and Tobago took me by surprise, but in a positive way. When traveling here I was expecting European-like prices for tourist attractions. Here I learned that tours come at very decent prices.

Let me give you some examples here: a 2 hour leatherback sea turtles observation at night in Trinidad was for 100 TT$ (14,70 USD), 2 hour boat trip on the Caroni Swamp canals was 70 TT$ (10 USD) and diving in Tobago (with training included) was about 140 USD.

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