If you are planning on travelling to Australia for a few months or longer – it can be wise to bring some cash with you. You might want to compare the Euro to AUD exchange rates on offer before you buy. There are a few places in Ireland where you can carry out currency exchange and swap your Euros for Australian Dollars (AUD) . (An Post don’t sell AUD – they only deal in Sterling and US Dollars .)
Tip: If you are looking for information about tranferring larger amounts of money to Australia or other foreign countries – you should read our article on getting the Best Currency Exchange Rates
Euro to AUD Exchange rates will change every day – but we carried out a quick comparison of three currency exchange companies on the same day to find out the Best Australian Dollar Exchange Rate in Ireland .
We checked how much it would cost in Euros when buying $AUD 1500 cash .
We compared the figures from the currency companies websites at roughly the same time on 29th June 2018.
The Best Deal was At the No1 Currency Website where it would have cost €999.07 for 1500 AUD . You can order and pay for it online and get it delivered to your door for free. The delivery is by An Post registered post and is fully insured . (Orders under €750 cost €6 for delivery) . Minimum order is €400. The price shown is for payment by debit card, a credit card incurs 2% fee. Popular currencies such as Sterling and US Dollars should usually be delivered next day if ordered before noon. Other currencies will take 2 to 3 days. You can check their current exchange rates on the No1 Currency Website
2: At CurrencyExchange.ie they were quoting a price of €1002.20 for 1500 Australian Dollars. You can reserve your currency online for collection and pay for it when you pick up. But- they only have 2 pick up locations in central Dublin. They do not deliver.
3: Bank of Ireland would charge €1004.30 for $AUD 1500. (€994.36 + 1% fee of €9.94)
4: The worst deal we found was from At ICE ( International Currency Exchange) http://www.ice-ireland.ie – it would have cost you €1014.13 for AUD1500 . You can reserve your currency online and then collect it and pay for it at their Dublin Airport kiosks.
One other option to consider for spending when abroad is the N26 Account. It is an “online only” bank account based in Germany. You will need a smartphone to operate the account and you can transfer Euros in to it from your “main” account. (Some people in Ireland use N26 as their sole bank account .) The N26 mastercard debit card has no fees when making purchases in other countries – and the exchange rate will be the same as any other mastercard card. Revolut, another online only operation – is also an option – see our Comparison of N26 Vs Revolut for more information.
There is also the option of using an ATM in Australia to withdraw AUD – see here for details of ATM Charges Abroad .
We also did a recent comparison on the cost of buying US Dollars in Ireland
Useful Tip on Travel Insurance:
Bank of Ireland give pretty good free worldwide multitrip travel insurance with their Platinum Credit Card . You just need to pay for at least 50% of the trip with the BOI card to be eligible.
Bank of Ireland also provide a free basic travel insurance policy with their Student Credit Card. It still covers up to €1 million in medical expenses and €1000 for cancellations. It is valid for trips of up to 120 days – which is good for students on a long trip during the summer holidays.
More here on Travel Insurance Prices