When it comes to buying your travel money, getting the best value is all about finding the most purse-friendly exchange rate. It's important here to to look at the total price that a trasaction is going to be and not just at the exchange rate, since there can sometimes be additional fees added to your purchase.
Just like when you buy your flights, you'll generally get a better deal on your travel money by planning in advance in order to secure the best exchange rates.
However, if you've left it to the last minute, there's no worry! At Travelex, you can buy your currency online from us and pick it up as little as four hours later from one of our stores, or you can even have it delivered to your home.Order your currency
Using your debit or credit card
Generally, it’s a good rule of thumb to try not to use your debit or credit card abroad, because you risk being charged hefty transaction fees each time that you do. Lots of debit card providers will add on an extra pound or two each time that you use your card to buy something, and will add on even more when you use your card to withdraw money from an ATM.
As for credit cards, you’ll often be charged around 3% each time that you use them, so try not to give in to the temptation!
Using pre-paid cards
If you’d like to budget your travel money before you leave but don’t fancy carrying a load of cash on you, a pre-paid currency card can be a great way to get a good deal. Simply load the card up with your chosen amount before you go away, and you can then use it just like a debit card to withdraw money or make purchases without worrying about overseas bank fees.
With most pre-paid cards, you’ll be able to top up whilst you’re abroad too. With the Travelex Money Card* you'll be able to lock in your exchange rate each time you load or reload your Card, so you can take advantage of a great currency exchange rate as well as knowing exactly how much you’re spending. What’s more, the cards aren’t linked to your bank account so if it’s lost or stolen, it’s easily replaceable without any concern for your cash.
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good service easy to use
good service easy to useDuncan Cassie
Excellent service. Money delivered very quickly.Dorothy Traill
So easy to order and arrived next…
So easy to order and arrived next morning!! Brilliant rate tooMarie Byrne
All good so far
All good so far, haven't used my card yet but adding money has been so easy.Ms Susan Kirkpatrick
Really handy way to take currency off…
Really handy way to take currency off on holiday. Competitive exchange rates. Only reason it doesn't get top rating is the website for viewing card balances does not have a simple way of stepping into a top up dialogue.David
Good rates and service
Quick, efficient and friendly as always.AR
Easy service to use on line
Easy service to use on line. Currency was waiting for me at Travelex desk in the Airport. The staff were friendly and helpful. Wasn't the best exchange rate I'd seen, however it was the easiest for me at that time. Worth checking out to see if it suits.Papa H
Easy to use and very reliable.
Easy to use and very reliable.William Pearce
Ordered currency online and was very quick to collect it.Caroline
Only ordered a money card
Only ordered a money card. Experience so far so good but haven’t received or used yet so can’t really give all starsChris Abrahamson
Easy friendly experience
Easy friendly experienceStewart Davis
Excellent all round
Good website, easy to work through, reasonable exchange rate. have used them for my last 3 holidays and they have always delivered on time on the day requested and I like the good mix of denominations unlike other exchange companiesShelagh
Easyjet fails again.
I tried to use my Easyjet prepaid card and could not get on to the website for 2 days. I got cash from Travelex the next dayMaurice Clarke
I always use the Travelex postal…
I always use the Travelex postal delivery service. Free over £60 and choose the date you want them to deliver. Great!G Rendle
Always used travelex and get great…
Always used travelex and get great service. Just wish they'd not started catching for orders under £300 xxJanette
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