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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

Fast well organised service

Fast well organised service. Good rates.

V Browne

Recommended by a friend

Recommended by a friend , website very easy to use . I’m just waiting for my prepaid cards to arrive now .

Louise Clark

Really easy to use and a good rate

Really easy to use and a good rate

smadailo

Very simple to order on line

Very simple to order on line and a great service

Terry Swait

prompt service

prompt service

keith dawkins

Very helpful and a really easy way to…

Very helpful and a really easy way to get currency with short notice. Would highly recommend.

V Roberts

Perfect protection with the card on…

Perfect protection with the card on holiday

Steven Ross

Very easy to load money onto card

Very easy to load money onto card when exchange rates are favourable & card is accepted wherever Visa cards are accepted

Susan Taylor

Euro Exchange & Delivery

Spot on service and good competitive rates

David Ormsby

Excellent Service

Ordered currency and it was delivered in good time two days later. Excellent service, would definitely recommend. I have been using Travelex for many years now, always very reliable.

G Muffett

Easy quick service

Easy quick service

Ae

Excellent service and fast and friendly…

Excellent service and fast and friendly staff have used before and will use again.

Redron,s review

This is my first time using travelex…

This is my first time using travelex and I was so pleased by how easy it was

Jane McPake

Excellent service

Excellent service

Rita Edmunds

Good service

Good service

Kamdi Okoye

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