• Look for the highest pound to dollar exchange rate. This will tell you how many US dollars you will get in exchange for your money.

For example, a rate of 1.43 will give you 1 dollar 43 cents for every pound you exchange.

  • Some providers offer a higher pound to dollar rate if you order over a set amount, perfect if you are buying as part of a large group.

  • If you compare US dollar rates online you will find better rates than those found on the high street or by waiting to buy them at the airport.

Where can you use US dollars?

The US dollar ($) is the national currency of the United States of America, and the most widely used currency on the planet.

All 50 US states use the US dollar, as well as the following countries:

  • Bahamas

  • Belize

  • British Virgin Islands

  • Cambodia

  • Ecuador

  • Nicaragua

  • Panama

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Important: When visiting any non-European Union country, such as the United States, you must declare any cash that exceeds the equivalent of €10,000.

What notes and coins can you get?

The US dollar comes in a range of denominations, including;

  • Cents coins: 1 (penny), 5 (nickel), 10 (dime), 25 (quarter), 50

  • Dollar coins: 1

  • Dollar notes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100

The 50 cent and 1 dollar coin are rare in the US, but still accepted as legal tender.

When you order online you will only be sent US dollar notes, not coins.

Top tips to get the best deal

  1. Think about the full cost: the best dollar exchange rate might not be the best deal, because a worse rate can be cheaper if the commission and delivery charges are free.

  2. Avoid paying with your credit card: use a debit card or your sterling cash to exchange for US dollars to avoid high credit card charges.

  3. Do some research: shop around for your US dollars in advance of your trip, compare deals and look out for free delivery options which may take longer to arrive.

US dollar FAQs


Can I get US dollars delivered?


Yes, but there is usually a cost if a provider offers the service. You can save money by having your currency delivered to a nearby store for collection.


Will I get the same US dollar rate on the high street?


No, the rates online are often better than the high street because online providers need to be more competitively priced to attract you.


Can I use my credit card to buy US dollars?


Yes, but you will be charged by both your credit card provider and the travel money provider for purchasing travel money with your credit card.


What is commission?


It is the fee a travel money provider charges for exchanging your money into a foreign currency.


Is my money protected if a provider goes bust?


No, so make sure you buy from a provider that will send your currency as soon as it is processed.

About our US dollar comparison


Who do we include in this comparison?


We include every company that gives you the option of buying US dollars online. Here is more information on how our website works.


How do we make money from our comparison?


We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.

Last updated: 20 May 2021