How to buy British pounds (GBP)

Learn how to find the best deal when you're buying British pounds.

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Off to the UK? This guide explains how to get your British pounds sorted out beforehand and at the best rates.

Just a few minutes from now you'll be able to tick that off your to-do list and focus on the fun stuff.

Quick guide: How to buy GBP online in 4 easy steps

  1. Compare the AUD/GBP rates and fees of a handful of currency exchange services.
  2. Choose the one you want and place a currency order online.
  3. Select whether you want pick-up or delivery then make your payment.
  4. Your GBP is on its way to you or your chosen branch!

You might need to provide some identification or other details to ensure the delivery or pick-up goes smoothly.

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Compare online currency exchange services

Rates last updated July 19th, 2019
Name Product Description Minimum Order Amount Maximum Order Amount Delivery/Pickup Method Commission Fees
Travelex makes it easy to exchange and get the best rate on over 40 currencies so you can be prepared for your next holiday.
$500
$5,000
In Store or At Airport
$0

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Where's the best place to buy British pounds?

Some money changers will have better rates and fees than others, but it often varies by currency, branch and market factors so you'll have to compare rates at the time to find the best option for you.

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Online

Pros

  • Extremely convenient and often lets you choose delivery or pick-up
  • Among the most cost-effective options available
  • Easy to compare your options side by side

Cons

  • May take several days to arrive

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In-person at a money changer

Pros

  • Good for quick exchanges on demand
  • Can often order online in advance for pick-up
  • Easy to find in most major cities

Cons

  • You'll need to visit several places on foot to compare rates
  • There may not be one in your location

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At a bank

Pros

  • Can often order online
  • Offers a wide range of services, such as traveller's cheques

Cons

  • Rates are usually not as competitive
  • Branches can be tough to find and opening hours may be restrictive

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At the airport

Pros

  • Easy to find and compare multiple options
  • Can often order online for pick-up later

Cons

  • Bad rates are the norm at airport money exchanges

Find out more about travel money when heading to the UK

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= GBP£ 0.5636

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Compare money transfer services

If you want to send money to the United Kingdom, it's equally important to shop around for the best value.

The table below can make it easier. Just enter the details of your transfer and it will bring back the different fees and rates that may apply with some popular services.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.561 GBP
5,610
TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 30+ currencies with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.561 GBP
5,612
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider. Go to site Show details
AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.561 GBP
5,613
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
No-maximum limit transfers with competitive exchange rates for 100+ currencies. No transfer fee over AUD$10,000.
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AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 50.00 0.564 GBP
5,607
Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details
AUD 250 1 day AUD 0.00 0.561 GBP
5,611
Sign up through Finder and get a $50 Myer gift card when you send $10,000 or more. T&Cs apply.
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
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AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.561 GBP
5,606
Low minimum transfer amount of just AU$200, with no set-up fees or transfer fees. Go to site Show details
AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.558 GBP
5,584
Special offer: Pay zero fees on your first 5 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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AUD 1 Within an hour AUD 3.99 0.557 GBP
5,566
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. Go to site Show details
AUD 3,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.56 GBP
5,596
Global Reach will match any competitor's exchange rates. Conditions apply.
No transfer fee when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. Send money in over 130 currencies. No maximum transfer amount.
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AUD 1 1 day AUD 0.00 0.558 GBP
5,579
With global payments provider XE, enjoy fast and secure transfers and a range of foreign currency tools and calculators while benefiting from $0 transfer fees. Go to site Show details
AUD 200 1 - 2 days AUD 50.00 0.563 GBP
5,606
Exclusive: Finder customers receive $15 off their first transaction. T&Cs apply.
Quick and simple international money transfers with zero-margin exchange rates. There's a flat 0.5% transfer fee for most transfers. Earn loyalty points on sign up, referral and every transaction.
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Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention "Finder" before you commit to a brand.

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