Buying foreign currency
If you’re going abroad, it’s a good idea to take some holiday money with you in the local currency to pay for essentials like food and drink, tips and taxis. To get the best deal, compare travel money prices online and buy it before you go.
Where to buy travel money
Getting your foreign currency in advance can help you plan an affordable holiday as you’ll have time to shop around and avoid the uncertainty of changing exchange rates.
You can purchase foreign currency at:
- The Post Office
- Specialist websites
- Bureaux de change
- Some travel agents,
- Larger supermarkets,
- Foreign exchange brokers
You can either pick it up in person, or arrange for it to be delivered.
You’ll often find the best rates when you order currency online but there are some drawbacks:
- You’ll pay a charge of around £5 for delivery, unless free delivery is offered.
- You’ll need to be at home to sign for it when it arrives, but they might deliver to a work address.
- You might not be given the option to choose which notes you want – it’s often useful to have some smaller notes when you arrive to pay for things like tips.
Depending on where you buy your currency you might get it delivered for free if you order more than a certain amount – normally over £500.
Get the best deal on travel money
The exchange rates and the fees you’ll pay for buying your currency will vary between different providers.
Get the best deal on your money by following these simple steps.
Other ways for paying for things abroad
Find out the best way to pay for things while you’re abroad in our guide below.
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