If you need to transfer money between Ireland and the USA – you will usually save money by NOT using your own bank to do it for you.
Maybe you are buying property in Ireland or the USA. Maybe you are sending money to a relative, or you have savings or regular amounts that you need to transfer from one country to the other.
Whatever the reason – here are some options for you if you have Euros in an Irish bank account and you want to convert it to US Dollars and send it to a bank in the USA. Or if you have US Dollars in a US bank and you need to transfer it to a Euro bank account in Ireland or elsewhere in Europe.
There are also options for receiving payments from third parties in US Dollars.
Specialist currency exchange companies will typically use an exchange rate that maybe just 1% or 0.5% away from the Interbank rate. Your bank will typically charge you a rate that could be as much as 3% to 6% away from the same interbank rate. A difference of just 2% in the exchange rate would mean $2000 less for you on a $100,000 transfer.
Sending money from Ireland to the USA :
If you are happy doing everything yourself online – you can use an online exchange service such as CurrencyFair .
CurrencyFair are based in Dublin and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Once you are registered, you can exchange straight away at the best available rate, or request a better rate and when (if) it is reached, your transfer will take place. There is no minimum transfer amount They charge a small fee of $4 for each transfer into US Dollars. (Note : US. Residents cannot currently register with CurrencyFair but Irish ones can.)
Once set up – you can use CurrencyFair to receive US Dollars from someone overseas. (They don’t need a CurrencyFair account)
You can simply give them The CurrencyFair US dollar bank account details and your CurrencyFair customer account number to use as a reference number. Once they have paid you the Dollars you can then convert the dollars into Euros on CurrencyFair and transfer it out to your “main” bank account. (€3 fee).
Fexco is one of Ireland’s biggest multinational financial and business solutions provider, with operations in 29 countries worldwide. Established in 1981 in County Kerry, it now employs over 2,300. Fexco is authorised as a payment services provider by the Central Bank of Ireland, and are also regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the conduct of payment business in the UK. Fexco can exchange your money into one of several currencies and transfer the funds to your chosen bank account overseas. (Note: Residents of the US cannot register with Fexco.)
Fexco’s payments specialists can also give advice on services like forward contracts and rate alerts to reduce your exposure to fluctuating exchange rates.
You can get a quick quote online at the Fexco Website
Transfermate, is based in Dublin and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. You can use them to send money from Ireland to the USA. Minimum transfer is €1000 .
You agree on an exchange rate (better rates for bigger amounts) and then after you pay in your Euros, Transfermate will convert it to US Dollars and pay it to your nominated bank account in the USA. (It doesn’t have to be your account) . You can phone them for a personalised service in Dublin on 01 6353776 . Once you have registered you can set up an online account and arrange currency transfers via the Transfermate website .
Sending Money from the USA to Ireland
Transfermate are a Dublin based foreign exchange company regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. TransferMate is also a registered as a Money Services Business with the United States Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network . Minimum transfer is €1000 . You can set up an online account and arrange currency transfers via their website or you can phone them for a personalised service in Dublin on 01 6353776
TransferWise . is an online exchange company that cuts out the banks and for a small fee allows you to get exchange rates that are pretty close to the interbank rates. Residents of the USA and Ireland are allowed to register with Transferwise.
TransferWise is good if you are getting third party payments sent to you in dollars. You can set up a “Borderless account ” with Transferwise. This gives you a Euro account with IBAN and a US account number and routing number. So third parties can simply pay US dollars into your Transferwise US dollar account and you can then exchange it online into Euros and transfer it out to an Irish bank. Exchange rates are pretty close to the Interbank and fees are low. (For example, $6.86 to transfer $1000 US Dollars to Euros.
TransferWise Inc. is registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in the USA with money service business registration number 31000065314305. It is licensed as a money transmitter in all US states apart from Nevada and Hawaii.
If you are just looking for travel money (cash) – have a look at our page on The Best place to buy US Dollars in Ireland before you travel.