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Where to get the best travel money rates

Our top tips on getting the best value for your money.

If you’re hoping to bag the cheapest travel money ahead of your next trip (or you’re just pondering the best place to buy your euros), there are some key things to consider to get yourself a good deal. Here, we compare a few different ways to find the best travel money exchange rates before buying your currency.

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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

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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 your debit or credit card

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.

Using pre-paid cards

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Reliable and efficeint service.

Reliable and efficeint service.

Ms Davies

Arrived as ordered on the date…

Arrived as ordered on the date requested with plenty of denominations of Euro's.....Thank you

Mary Hughes

So far so good

So far so good, a couple of niggles when first using the App, but other than that everything seems to be running smoothly.

THOMAS COOK

Very happy with the service

Very happy with the service. Cash arrived on time as promised. Totally safe.

Joan Domin

No worries...

Like all the other times I needed to buy currency, it didn’t disappoint. Online order, picked up at the designated location. Easy and reliable.

Paula

Exactly what's needed

Simple to use and provides the required options. Very efficient delivery systems, particularly in respect of the desired delivery day.

P W HARPER

Easy ordering quick and eady

Easy ordering , good rates and delivered to your door.

Mrs ELIZABETH STONE

Excellent service from a very helpful…

Excellent service from a very helpful customer service representative at the Selfridges branch. Also very easy to arrange for collection when convenient.

Karen

Easy process

Easy process, simple to collect monies and a fair exchange rate.

Rex

Super-easy and friendly and polite…

Super-easy and friendly and polite staff.

Gemma

Very good service

Very good service. Ordered currency for Monday arrived Saturday as explained might happen, perfectly satisfied with service.

Phillip Howells

Thank you travelex

Thank you travelex, always a good rate of exchange, never had any problems with travelex, always delivered on time excellent service

linda skinner

Friendly, efficient service

Ordered currency on line the evening before, found staff approachable, friendly and dispensed my order without any issues.

Mark Barrow

I always use Travelex

I always use Travelex. Their rates are good, easy to order and prompt service.

Lesley Wrapson

Service was quick

Service was quick

Michael Summers

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