What can you buy for one U.S. dollar in other countries around the world?

October 25, 2017 7:52 pm Last Updated: October 25, 2017 7:54 pm

How people spend their money varies greatly—not only from person to person, but also from country to country across the globe. But if you only had one dollar, what would that get you around the world?

You just might be surprised at how much, or how little, the same exact amount of money will get you, depending on where you are on our planet!

How far can one U.S. dollar go?

One U.S. dollar may not seem like much to some people, but like everything in life, it’s relative. In some countries, your dollar will go much further than it ever would in America. In fact, in the year 2015, the exchange rate in Zimbabwe was such that a buck was worth 35 quadrillion old Zimbabwe dollars!

Today, your dollar will stretch a lot farther in places like Thailand, Ghana, and Brazil. Depending what you’re buying, these countries will give you up to 33 times what it’s worth in the USA.


If you’re not the traveling type and don’t plan on leaving the United States, $1 will get you one pound of red or Russet potatoes. Why? One word—Idaho.

Idaho produces 14.2 billion pounds of taters every year! Compare that to other states like Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, and North Dakota, who each produce about 2 billion potatoes per year. Add those spuds together and that’s why you get such a great deal on potatoes in the USA.

So what will an American dollar get you in other places in the world?


One U.S. dollar will get you a very decent espresso in cafes across Italy.


A ticket to a movie is a steal in this country—only $1.00!


In Japan, you may want to occasionally buy a familiar American snack—a Snickers candy bar will cost you a dollar.


Tired of walking? One dollar will get you a 1 km taxi ride.

Czech Republic

If you’re not too picky in the Czech Republic, one dollar will get you a beer from a slightly shady-looking pub!

Hong Kong

Cool off with a bottle of Coke for $1.00.


But don’t drink too much of that beer and Coke while traveling in Finland! You’ll have to shell out a whole dollar for a pay bathroom.


Make your own salad in Canada with a $1.00 head of lettuce.


Or go native in Hungary by trying out a Kurtascalacs Pastry for just one dollar.

Looks like you don’t have to be rich to enjoy the little things while traveling! Enjoy!


Sources: The Brightside and The Infographics Show.