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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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Service was generally good but the…

Service was generally good but the Travelex I went to at Heathrow T3 didn't have sufficient euros, which was not apparent until they completed all the paperwork and I was sent to another desk.

Nigel

Good security checks and service

Good security checks and service

Lizzy Huthwaite

Regular with travelex

Regular with travelex, never had any problems, will use again in the future as easy way to collect holiday money, Regards, D.Snee

Daniel Snee

I had some problems logging on to the…

I had some problems logging on to the website. However I found the person on customer helpline extremely helpful and was able to solve the problem without difficulty.

denise

Very convenient way of making payments…

Very convenient way of making payments in Europe

JD

Quick,easy and competitive.

We preordered to collect at the airport. It was quick and easy to order. Extremely competitive rate. Only disappointment was I didn’t see the buy back option when ordering and would’ve selected it as it is great value for money.

Bess

PERFECT EVERYTHING WAS EASY WITH NO FUSS

PERFECT EVERYTHING WAS EASY WITH NO FUSS

ANDREW BOND

Excellent service

Excellent service, currency good and currency arrived on time.

Derick Ryan

Great rate & service

Great rate online and also a friendly service when the currency was picked up at the airport.

Paul

Very efficient service at Glasgow…

Very efficient service at Glasgow Airport. Thank you

NS

All good

All good, even able to add some extra at the airport at the on line rate.

Brett Powis

Really easy booking

Really easy booking, very helpful staff at pick up.

Chris

Very easy and convenient to order…

Very easy and convenient to order foreign currency and pick up at the airport before traveling

Remy Aquilina

The new travel card setup is so much…

The new travel card setup is so much more usable than the old cashPassport. But please !!!!!!!! Make the Travelex website differentiate more clearly between the two cards. It's bl****dy annoying to get through all the old security to a blank page.

Bayliss

Straightforward to collect travel money

Straightforward to collect travel money

Jonathan Fox

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*Travelex Money Card is issued by R. Raphael & Sons plc, pursuant to license by Mastercard® International Inc. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Raphaels Bank is a UK Bank authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (registration number 161302) and is permitted to issue e-money. Head office and registered office at 19-21 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ED, company registration number 01288938.