When you are transferring money between Irish and UK bank accounts – it might seem less hassle to just let your bank take care of it. But you could possibly lose out on hundreds of Euros/Pounds. If you need to transfer large amounts of money between Ireland and the UK – you will save money by not using your own bank to do it for you. ( By large amounts – we mean figures over £5000 .) So what is the Best Way to Transfer Money Between UK and Ireland ?
The Interbank rate is essentially the rate at which banks swap currencies between one another . Your high street bank will typically use a rate that could be as much as 3% to 4% away from the interbank rate. That is one of the ways the banks make their big profits.
Specialist currency exchange companies will typically use an exchange rate that may be just 1% or 0.5% away from the Interbank rate. A difference of just 2 percentage points in the exchange rate used would mean £1000 less for you on a £50,000 transfer.
What are the alternatives to using your Bank ?
Here are a few currency exchange companies that you can use to transfer money between UK and Ireland . They can help you send Euros from an Irish bank and convert it to Sterling to be sent to a UK bank. Or they can help you send Sterling from a UK bank and convert it to Sterling to be sent to an Irish bank. They will nearly always work out cheaper than using your own bank. They all deal with personal customers or businesses who are trying to cut their foreign exchange costs. They usually only cater for transfers over £5000 or €5000
With most currency specialists you can lock in an exchange rate for up to 12 months in advance – and so remove the worry of any future currency fluctuations.
FairFx is an established foreign exchange specialist firm – and they have offices in Dublin and London. FairFx have been operating since 2007 and are fully regulated by both the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the UK HMRC . You can arrange one off or regular transfers betweeen Ireland and the UK with FairFx online or over the telephone. You can call their Irish representative , Niall Walsh, on their Dublin number 01 5665546 . He will be able to advise you on exchange rates and the options available to you.
Transfermate are a Dublin based foreign exchange company, regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland to provide Payment Services within the 28 member states of the European Union. You can set up an online account and arrange currency transfers via their website or you can phone them for a more personalised service in Dublin on 01 6353776
Currency Solutions is a London based currency specialist firm that can carry out a wide range of currency transfers. They are authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority . You can visit the Currency Solutions website here for a free no obligation quote and they will call you back. You can also call them on their Irish number 01 431 1344 or on their UK number 0044 207 740 0000 . Ask for the Money Guide Ireland contact – Ernie Enver. He should be able to give you a quick response to any queries.
Once you are registered you can also choose to use their online platform for transfers of up to a maximum of £20,000 at a time for personal customers (£50,000 business customers) .
For smaller amounts Transfer Money Between UK and Ireland – and if you prefer doing everything online yourself – you could use an online exchange marketplace such as CurrencyFair.
Once you are registered, CurrencyFair allows you to exchange money straight away at the best available rate, or request a better rate and when (if) it is reached, your transfer will take place. (£2.50 fee per transfer) . CurrencyFair are based in Ireland and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland . They accept Irish debit cards as a payment method.
If you are just looking for the best place to get travel money (cash) – have a look at our page on The Best place to buy Sterling in Ireland before you travel.