Compare euro exchange rates to find the best-priced currency for your trip. Officially used by 19 EU countries, the euro can also be used in many other European nations.
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Some lenders and brokers only operate digitally, so comparing quotes online is a must if you want the best euro exchange rate and transfer deal.
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Look for the most favourable exchange rate and the lowest transfer fees. Focus on the overall cost and not just the exchange rate to find the best offer.
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Picking up your money at the airport can save on delivery fees but check that it will arrive in time for your trip. Once you have the right deal, it’s time to exchange your money.
Actual rates may differ due to the fluctuating nature of currency exchange. For the latest rate please check with the provider.
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When comparing travel money, look for the highest pound-to-euro exchange rate. This tells you how many euros you get for each pound.
The best rate can often be found in advance online. Some providers even enable you to "pre-book" the exchange rate you want with a forward contract. These contracts instruct your currency transfer broker to exchange your money once the exchange rate reaches a pre-agreed price.
Exchange kiosks in airports tend to offer the worst exchange rates. You can also expect a less favourable exchange rate if you get your holiday money in a tourist hotspot. These are known as tourist rates.
Exchange rates vary from second to second. They also vary depending on the company you use and where the exchange is done. Our comparison table is updated every 10 minutes, enabling you to compare travel money providers' current rates.
The exchange rate tells you how much money you get when you exchange one currency for another. It is the value or price of one currency compared to another. Exchange rates are important when you want to buy something in another currency.
At the time of writing, the euro exchange rate is sitting at around 1.17. This means that for every £1 you change, you get €1.17. Conversely, the euro-to-pound exchange rate is around 0.86, which means that for €1 you get £0.86.
Pounds are often referred to as GBP (Great British Pounds) or sterling (short for pounds sterling). These are the official names for the currency because other countries also use pounds. The official abbreviation for euros is EUR.
Exchange rates are always listed in pairs – for example, pound to euro (or GBP to EUR). In this case, the exchange rate tells you how many euros you'll get for each pound you convert – or vice versa.
Getting travel money is one reason to convert money, but exchange rates also matter when importing goods from another country or buying something online in another currency.
It depends on the provider. Most set a maximum amount per transaction, such as £2,500. But some let you order as much as £15,000. There’s also usually a minimum amount you must order, which may be as little as £10.
Some providers charge a delivery fee to send your currency to you. They will sometimes waive this fee if you buy a large amount of currency or collect your money from a nearby branch or at the airport.
If you’re travelling to a European Union (EU) country, you are only allowed to take up to €10,000 into or out of the country without declaring it.
The euro comes in the following denominations:
Cent coins*: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50
Euro coins: 1 and 2
Euro notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200
*There are 100 cents in one euro.
When you order online, you only receive euro notes, not coins. You may have to alter the amount of the original currency you’re exchanging to get the euros to a round number.
If you do not want to take cash with you on holiday, you can take a prepaid euro card instead. You load money onto the card in advance and then spend it while you’re away.
The euro is used in most EU countries. Some European nations still have their own currency, so the currency you need depends on the country you are visiting, although some non-euro currencies cover multiple destinations. Certain countries may also use another currency on a more informal basis. You can check which currencies are in use in which countries at fxtop.com.
These European countries don’t use the euro, so you need to get the local currency before you travel:
Albania – lek
Armenia – dram
Azerbaijan – manat
Belarus – Belarusian ruble
Bosnia and Herzegovina – convertible mark
Bulgaria – lev
Croatia – kuna
Czech Republic – koruna
Denmark – Danish krone
Georgia – lari
Hungary – forint
Iceland – króna
Liechtenstein – Swiss franc
Republic of Macedonia – denar
Moldova – Moldovan leu
Norway – Norwegian krone
Poland – zloty
Romania – Romanian leu
Russia – Russian ruble
Serbia – dinar
Sweden – Swedish krona
Switzerland – Swiss franc
Turkey – Turkish lira
Ukraine – hryvnia
UK – British pound
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It depends on how far in advance you want your travel money because there’s no guarantee the rate will be better or worse at any particular time.
No, the rates online are usually better than on the high street.
It’s not bad. The Post Office usually offers one of the better high street euro exchange rates, but online-only providers tend to be better.
The big UK supermarkets all offer decent exchange rates. You can also order online and collect your currency from hundreds of supermarket stores (but not all of them).
Yes, but it’s not encouraged because you’re charged by both your credit card provider and the travel money provider. It also shows on your credit file that you bought travel money with your credit card, which could affect your score.
This is the fee a travel money provider charges for exchanging your money into a foreign currency.
No. Make sure you buy from a provider that will send your currency as soon as it’s processed.
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Last updated: 7 May 2022