Where to Get the Best Euro to Sterling Exchange Rates – :
If you need to transfer large amounts of money from one country to another – you will usually get the best currency exchange rates from a specialist currency broker or an online currency exchange service. See our list below for some examples.
The worst exchange rates are usually given by the main banks.
On paper, the actual exchange rate differences may look tiny – just fractions of a cent. But – a difference of just 0.5% in the Euro to Sterling exchange rate could cost you €1000 on a €200,000 exchange! Why let the banks have it?
With all the currency specialists listed below – you are able to lock in a favourable exchange rate for up to 12 months in advance – and so remove the worry of any future currency fluctuations. ( Very useful with the ongoing fluctuations caused by Brexit uncertainty.)
Maybe you are thinking of buying property in Ireland? Or you might be in Ireland and looking at buying property overseas.?
Maybe you are importing a car or just transferring some of your savings in another currency?
Maybe you run a business that does a lot of trade in different currencies ?.
Whatever the reason – if you need to carry out international transfers of large amounts of money – you should first check out the savings you can make by using a currency exchange specialist instead of just asking your bank to take care of it.
Some Recommended Currency Transfer Companies.
FairFx is a London based foreign exchange specialist company and they also have an office in Dublin. FairFx has been operating since 2007 and is fully regulated by both the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the UK HMRC. You can arrange one-off international money transfers over £5000 with FairFx online or over the telephone.
FairFx will also enable you to set up regular transfers such as salary, pension or rental payments. Over the phone, you can get free personalised support when making large or regular payments. You can sign-up to their daily report to get an email snapshot of the currency markets. To get more information you can call the FairFx team on their Irish number (01 5665546 ) or on their UK number (0044) 207 858 2001.
Fexco is based in Ireland with operations in 29 countries worldwide. Fexco was established in 1981 in County Kerry and now employs over 2,300 people. Fexco is authorised as a payment services provider by the Central Bank of Ireland and is also regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the conduct of payment business in the UK. Fexco has dedicated dealers on hand to explain the options available to you and help reduce your exposure to fluctuating exchange rates. You can get a quick quote online at the Fexco Website
Currency Solutions is a UK based currency specialist firm that can carry out a wide range of currency transfers.
They are authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Customers can arrange transfers over the phone – you can call them on their Irish number 01 431 1344 or on their UK number 0044 (0)20 7740 0000. Ask for the Money Guide Ireland contact – Ernie Enver. He should be able to give you a quick response to any queries.
Or you can visit the Currency Solutions website here for a free no-obligation quote and they will call you back.
If you prefer – once registered, you can also use their online platform for transfers of up to £20,000 for personal customers (£50,000 for business customers).
Transfermate is a Dublin based foreign exchange company that help businesses and individuals to send and receive international payments. Transfermate is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is also registered with UK HMRC. They are also regulated across the USA, Canada, Europe and Australasia. If you are resident of the USA, Australia or Canada and you want to send money to Ireland – then Transfermate is authorised to do it. Customers can set up an online account and then arrange currency transfers via their website or you can phone Transfermate on Dublin 01 6353776.
With all the currency specialists listed above – they can allow customers to use various “hedging tools” that can protect you against unfavourable rate changes if you are planning a large transfer in the future. (For example on a property purchase or sale) This could be useful with the ongoing GBP/EUR fluctuations caused by Brexit uncertainty.
For example – you might be living in Ireland and buying a property abroad. If the Euro was to suddenly weaken before you managed to sell your current house – then the proceeds from the house sale would be worth thousands less in Pounds or USD or Australian Dollars etc. By reserving a guaranteed exchange, rate up to 12 months ahead, you can prevent exchange rate fluctuations from wrecking your plans. You will usually need to pay a deposit of around 10%.
An online alternative is Currency Fair : –
They are based in Ireland and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Everything is done online – so if you want the personal touch or some guidance – these may not be ideal for you.
You can use a bank transfer to send money to CurrencyFair for free. You can also use an EU debit card (0.25% extra fee) .
Once you have deposited the money with CurrencyFair you can convert and transfer money to banks in any one of 20 different currencies. ( Sterling, US Dollars, AU Dollars, Polish Zloty and many more.)
Exchange rates are typically about 0.4% above the interbank rate. Transfer fees are set at low fixed rates for each currency – for example €3 for sending Euros and £2.50 for sending GBP. There is no minimum transfer amount. They are currently offering the first Ten Transfers for Free
Currency Exchange for Businesses
If you run a business in Ireland or the UK with regular large payments or invoices in different currencies – then a currency exchange firm can save your business quite a lot of money on exchange rates and charges. You will already be aware that your profit margins can be severely cut by exchange rate fluctuations – but by fixing your exchange rates in advance you can get some certainty. (It’s called Hedging – the big companies do it all the time). More here about Currency Exchange for Businesses
Holiday Money (Cash)
If you are just going on holiday and want to get some foreign currency in cash before you travel – you should read our article on Travel Money . We have found in several surveys that No1 Currency gives the best deal on buying Sterling in Ireland (and they deliver it to your home for free on orders over €750)
If you use your Irish debit or credit card whilst abroad for day to day spending there will usually be additional fees and charges when you spend outside the Eurozone – find out more in our article on Card Charges outside the Eurozone