Best Place to Buy US 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 Dollar cash in Ireland before you travel to the USA.

We compared the cost in Euros of buying  $1000 US Dollars in cash on  Jan 11th 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 €839.70 to get $1000 USD . They also 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 3 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  €871.38 for pickup at Dublin Airport. €30 more expensive than No1 currency.

The full list is shown below

No1 Currency   €839.70 (Free Home delivery included)  €842.25
An Post €846.17
BOI  €851.59 (includes €6.35 fee) €871.38

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

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  recently – and No1 Currency came out on top in that too.

If you need to exchange larger amounts of currency (Euros to Dollars or Sterling etc ) you should not be using cash. (For example if you are relocating or buying property).

For larger currency transfers and exchanges  you should read our article on where to get the  Best Currency 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.

Also – 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