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Travel money and foreign currency

Our travel money site is designed to tell you about great rates on foreign currency exchange, no matter how you plan to pay abroad. Our best buys table, travel money saving tips and guides outline all of your travel money options from foreign currency to travellers cheques, as well as debit, credit and prepaid cards for overseas use.

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Sainsbury's Bank Sainsbury's Bank

Sainsburys Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • Free home delivery on all orders of £500 or more. Order online or by phone and collect from one of over 240 Travel Money Bureaux instore
  • Nectar card holders get a discount and can collect Nectar points when purchasing foreign currency
  • Order online before 2pm or on the phone before 2.30pm for next day home delivery (Mon-Thurs)
But be aware that
  • Delivery charge of £5 on orders £100 - £499.99
  • The maximum order value is £2,500 for Home Delivery
  • £1.99 fee for online orders under £200 collected instore
Asda Asda

Asda Money Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • FREE Click & Collect service - Over 140 Asda Travel Money stores nationwide
  • Competitive rates and 0% commission on over 50 currencies
  • FREE next day home delivery on orders over £500 – order by 2pm Mon-Thurs
But be aware that
  • Home delivery for orders between £50 and £499.99 has a fee of £3.95
Travelex Travelex

Travelex Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • FREE Click & Collect service at over 50 stores across the UK. Get the best Travelex rates which are available on website and app, with US dollars and euros available to collect in just 4 hours
  • FREE home delivery on orders over £600! Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ service. Order by 3pm for next working day delivery
But be aware that
  • Delivery is £7.49 for orders between £100 and £299.99, £4.99 for orders between £300 and £499.99, and £2.99 for orders between £500 and £599.99
Debenhams Debenhams

Debenhams Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • FREE £5 voucher off a £20 spend in store when you purchase £50 or more worth of Travel Money. T&Cs apply
  • Special exchange rate for MoneySupermarket customers. Available at over 100 bureaus
  • Buyback offer - extra 20% free when you load your leftover currency onto a Debenhams gift card
But be aware that
  • Free delivery on all home delivery orders over £500, otherwise a £6.95 charge will apply
  • The rate you get will be the rate at the bureau and not necessarily the rate you see online
ICE ICE

ICE Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • Price Match Guarantee, 0% commission and all currencies in stock
  • Free delivery on orders over £700. Guaranteed next day delivery on orders £1,000+ placed before 3pm, Mon - Fri
  • UK customer services available six days per week
But be aware that
  • Price Match Guarantee applies on orders over £1,000
  • Home delivery for orders under £700 has a fee of £4.75
  • You are not able to pick up orders in branch. You can get discounted rates on Euros & US Dollars in branch using the Click & Collect service
FairFX FairFX

FairFX Foreign Currency

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • Competitive exchange rates on over 20 currencies. No hidden fees, get the rate you see
  • Delivered next working day to your home - for orders received before 1pm on a working day. Free deliveries for orders over £750
  • Saturday delivery available
But be aware that
  • Home delivery for orders under £500 has a fee of £7.50
  • Home delivery for orders between £500 - £750 has a fee of £5
WeSwap WeSwap

WeSwap Travel Cash

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Foreign currency commissions

 

Ordering options

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Branch

Delivery options

  • Home delivery
  • Branch collection

Commission free buy back

Not stated

Yes

No

Great for
  • Competitive exchange rate, next day delivery or collection. All major currencies available
  • No card fee for debit card orders
  • Free delivery for orders over £750
But be aware that
  • Delivery for orders between £350 and £749.99 has a £6.50 charge

Guide to travel money

If you are travelling abroad, you probably need to take some cash in the local currency to fund day-to-day expenses such as taxi fares and snacks. You can buy foreign currency from a bank, building society, travel agent, bureau de change, even the supermarket or the Post Office, so how do you make sure you get the best deal?

Different rates

Let’s say you want to buy some euros for a trip to France. First, have a look at the different exchange rates on offer as some firms offer better value than others. Your bank, for example, might give you 113 euros in exchange for £100. But you might get 118 euros from an online foreign exchange specialist. 

Economic factors

Exchange rates depend on a number of factors, including economic conditions and the level of demand. The foreign exchange company also has to consider its own costs – and profits – when setting its exchange rates. 

Currency commission

Companies often charge a commission to exchange sterling into a foreign currency. The commission might be a percentage of the transaction or a flat fee, but it should always be included in your cost comparisons. In other words, you need to find the company that offers the best exchange rate at the lowest cost. 

Commission-free exchange

A number of firms advertise commission-free exchange, which can be appealing to the cost-conscious traveller. But don’t be blinded by marketing gimmicks. A company that offers commission-free exchange might not give such a good deal on the exchange rate. You could therefore end up with fewer euros or dollars in your pocket. 

Delivery charges

More companies these days are happy to arrange a foreign currency exchange over the internet. Online services are convenient, but check out the delivery times and costs. Some firms can arrange next day delivery of the currency, but there might be a delivery charge. A number of companies charge for delivery only if you exchange a small amount, say under £500 – and you might be able to avoid the delivery charge completely if you can pick up the currency from a local branch. So be sure to explore all the options.   

Insurance limits

Remember not to take too much cash abroad as it can easily be lost or stolen. There will also be a cash limit on what you can claim on your travel insurance policy, which means you will be covered only up to a certain amount. For example, if the cash limit is £250 and a thief makes off with your wad of £500, the policy would only pay out £250, minus any excess (which itself could be £50 or £100).  

Leftover currency

You might not expect to return from your trip with any leftover currency, but you never know. It’s therefore a good idea to find out if the company charges commission to buy back the foreign currency. The exchange rate will also be different, so again it can pay to shop around. 

Loyalty points

Look out, too, for any sales or promotions of foreign currency, particularly during the holiday season. And if you buy from your supermarket, you might be able to earn loyalty points for the transaction. 

Comparison service

Foreign exchange can be confusing, but there’s really only one figure you need to know: how many euros, dollars or rand will you have in your hand after all costs and charges have been deducted. Of course, if you need any help, MoneySuperMarket’s foreign exchange comparison service has all the facts and figures at the click of a mouse.

How our site works

We want to show you as many options for your travel money as possible, so you can choose the right one for you. Not all companies want to be included on comparison websites, so we can’t promise to show you every single one. We list the companies according to the fee they pay us, from highest to lowest. This changes every month. You can find out more about how we work here.