Best Place to Buy Dollars in Ireland

Best Place to Buy US Dollars in Ireland 

The Euro to US Dollar exchange rate changes every day – but by comparing the exchange rates offered  on a specific day we can get a pretty accurate indicator of where is probably the best place to buy your US Dollars in Ireland before you travel to the USA.

We compared the cost in Euros of buying  $1000 US Dollars in cash on  March 16th 2016 at 10am.  We did the comparison using the exchange rates published on the websites of selected banks and currency exchange companies.

The best deal we found for buying US Dollars from the five we checked – was from No1 Currency where it would cost €955.57 to get $1000 USD . They also deliver the cash to your home for free.
The worst price we found was from  ICE – which was  €971.72 for pickup at Dublin Airport.

The full list is shown below

No1 Currency   €955.57 (Free Home delivery included)  €957.58
BOI  €960.98
An Post €961.35 €971.72

Using an ATM in the USA  to withdraw dollars using a debit card is another possible option – but it can work out a bit more costly. Avoid taking out small amounts  – because the charges can  be high. See our page about ATM Charges Overseas

One possible drawback of taking a lot dollars in cash – is that you have some left over at the end and you just keep it , give it away or buy stuff you don’t need at the airport. (Duty Free!)

It’s probably best to use a combination of cash and cards when visiting the USA.
We did a similar comparison for The Best Euro to Sterling exchange rates earlier this year – and No1 Currency came out on top in that too.

If you need to exchange larger amounts of currency (Euros to Dollars or Dollars to Euros) you should not be using cash. (For example if you are relocating or buying property). For larger currency transfers you should read our article on where to get the  Best Currency Transfer Rates


If you are planning a trip to the States or anywhere else in the world – travel insurance is recommended. Have a look at our recent article on Travel Insurance Comparison