Saturday, September 18, 2021

Money & Shopping in Suriname

South AmericaSurinameMoney & Shopping in Suriname

Accommodation and meals are reasonably priced. Retail costs for clothes, gifts, and other items are comparable to those in the United States.

The following items are highly worth purchasing:

  • Handcrafted jewellery
  • handcrafted woodcarvings
  • art
  • Tropical flowers
  • Perfumes


The Suriname dollar is the native currency, and it is denoted by the symbol SRD (which is also the ISO 4217 international currency code). The money may be freely converted (but nearly impossible to get rid of outside Suriname except for the neighbouring countries and one exchange bureau in Amsterdam airport).

Currency exchange is available at all banks and most cambios. ATMs are accessible in Paramaribo and the majority of the bigger towns in the north. The RBTT bank’s ATMs accept the majority of foreign bank cards. Paying using a credit card at stores, hotels, and restaurants is uncommon. Expect an additional fee of 2-6 percent.

Business hours

Shops in Suriname are typically open from 8:00 a.m. until 16:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, most businesses stay open until 19:00, while on Saturdays, most shut at 14:00. Chinese stores are springing up all across the nation, even in the most remote villages. They are open till late at night.

Banks and post offices are open from 07:30 to 14:00 Monday through Friday.

Government services are accessible from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.