Royal Bank of Canada exchange rate

How does the foreign exchange rate offered by RBC compare to TransferWise?

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Send money at the mid-market rate

Planning to use a RBC money transfer? There might be a cheaper option

When sending money internationally, it pays to go beyond your bank and look for the cheaper options available. Avoid hidden fees by choosing a provider who'll show you where your money is going. Finance isn't fair unless it's transparent.

TransferWise gives you the mid-market exchange rate, with our small, fair fee – so you always know what you’re getting.

Compare RBC money transfer rate vs TransferWise

How expensive is the RBC money transfer rate? If you convert C$1000 to USD with RBC, you could lose almost C$27 on each transfer. We regularly check our prices against banks and other providers to show you how much you could save with us (these prices were collected on 07/12/2018 and might have changed).

TransferWise was founded on transparency. It’s your money. We believe you should know where it’s going. It’s only fair.

Compare our exchange rate with other providers

Data collected 07/12/2018
With RBC money transfer you will get With TransferWise you will get You could save

If you send C$1000 to USD

$720.44

$740.49

$20.05

If you send $1000 to CAD

C$1,280.08

C$1,327.78

C$47.70

If you send C$1000 to EUR

€627.66

€650.83

€23.17

If you send C$1000 to GBP

£559.01

£580.62

£21.61

If you send £1000 to CAD

C$1,651.99

C$1,698.94

C$46.95

Beware of bad exchange rates

How do exchange rates work?

  1. Banks use the mid-market rate, also known as the interbank rate, when exchanging currencies between themselves.

  2. They add hidden fees to the rate they give their customers. This is why you’ll see different exchange rates across providers – you’re paying the difference between the mid-market rate and the rate quoted by your bank.

  3. Customers lose money to these hidden fees when they make a transfer – often without even realising.

Get the mid-market rate with TransferWise

What's the RBC exchange rate for online money transfer?

There’s only one true exchange rate – the mid-market rate. Banks and money transfer providers use this rate to exchange foreign currencies between themselves, but add hidden fees to the rates they give their customers. That means you get a more expensive exchange rate.

There’s no such thing as 0% commission – the fee is just hidden in the rate.

Data collected 07/12/2018
RBC exchange rate TransferWise exchange rate

CAD to USD

0.73030

0.74680

USD to CAD

1.29760

1.33910

CAD to EUR

0.63625

0.65703

EUR to CAD

1.47730

1.52260

CAD to GBP

0.56667

0.58557

GBP to CAD

1.67460

1.70796

Save when buying travel money with RBC

Does RBC exchange currency?

Yes. RBC offers currency exchange in bureaux de change, in their stores and online. But when you buy travel money in cash – either in store, online or with click and collect – you could be subject to an unfair exchange rate with hidden fees. Use a travel money card instead to save when travelling abroad.

With the TransferWise multi-currency debit card, you can:

  • hold over 40 currencies at once
  • convert them at the real exchange rate
  • and withdraw up to £200 per month for free from ATMs around the world

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Save money with a travel money card

Buying travel money with RBC?

Buying travel money in cash can be expensive, as you won’t get the true mid-market rate. Use a travel money card – like the TransferWise borderless card – to store money in multiple currencies, convert at the mid-market rate, and withdraw or spend at ATMs and shops worldwide.

The TransferWise multi-currency card is accepted wherever Mastercard is accepted. If you see the Mastercard logo, you’re good to go.

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