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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

good service easy to use

good service easy to use

Duncan Cassie

Excellent service

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 too

Marie 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

Fast service

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 stars

Chris Abrahamson

Easy friendly experience

Easy friendly experience

Stewart 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 companies

Shelagh

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 day

Maurice 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 xx

Janette

“Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Travelex Money Card is issued by Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd ("WDCS") pursuant to license by Mastercard International Inc. WDCS is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct electronic money service activities under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (Ref: 900051).”