Post Office exchange rate

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

Send money at the mid-market rate

Planning to use a Post Office 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 Post Office money transfer rate vs TransferWise

How expensive is the Post Office money transfer rate? If you convert £1000 to EUR with Post Office, you could lose almost £10 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 04/10/2019 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.

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Data collected 04/10/2019
With Post Office money transfer you will get With TransferWise you will get You could save

If you send £1000 to EUR

€1,108.91

€1,119.72

€10.81

If you send €1000 to GBP

£859.54

£882.38

£22.84

If you send £1000 to USD

$1,215.42

$1,228.32

$12.90

If you send $1000 to GBP

£802.72

£804.38

£1.66

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.

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What's the Post Office 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. Post Office international money transfers are powered by Western Union.

Data collected 04/10/2019
Post Office exchange rate TransferWise exchange rate

GBP to EUR

1.1089

1.1242

EUR to GBP

0.8620

0.8896

GBP to USD

1.2154

1.2338

USD to GBP

0.8027

0.8105

Save when buying travel money with Post Office

Does Post Office exchange currency?

Yes. Post Office 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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Buying travel money with Post Office?

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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