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 Dollar cash in Ireland before you travel to the USA.
We compared the cost in Euros of buying $1000 US Dollars in cash on June 27th 2018 . 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 you €879.66 to get $1000 USD . They deliver the cash to your home for free as long as your order is worth €750. Delivery is €6 on smaller orders.
(This company has consistently offered the best rate on all our previous comparisons in the last 5 years.)
Home delivery is fully insured – and can be much more convenient than having to pick up currency.
The worst price we found was from ICE – which was €909.42 for pickup at Dublin Airport. €30 more expensive than No1 currency.
The full list is shown below
Alternative: One other useful option to consider for spending whilst abroad is the N26 Bank Account. It is an “online only” bank account based in Germany but authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland to operate here. You will need a smartphone to operate the account. The N26 Mastercard debit card has no fees or extra charges when used to make purchases in non Euro currencies – and the exchange rate will be as good as any other Mastercard debit card.
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 at ATMs – because the charges can be high. See our page about ATM Charges Overseas
If you need to do bank transfers of larger amounts of currency over (Euros to Dollars etc ) you should not really 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 USD Exchange Rates
If you haven’t booked your flights to the USA yet – you might be interested to see our recent comparison of flight prices to New York from Dublin.