Best places to exchange currency in Cairns

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Cairns is one of Australia's tourist capitals and there are plenty of currency exchange services available.

That means you can easily shop around to find the one that gives you the best rates. This guide shows you where to look and offers up some tips for finding the best rates.

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Name Product Description Minimum Order Amount Maximum Order Amount Delivery/Pickup Method Commission Fees
Travelex Foreign Currency
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
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Where can I change my money in Cairns?

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1. Travel Money Oz

There are two Travel Money Oz branches in Cairns: one is in Earlville at the Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre and the other is in downtown Cairns. Both are open seven days a week during regular business hours, but you'll typically find better rates in downtown Cairns where there's more competition with more currency exchanges.

For greater convenience and more predictable rates, you can also order your currency online beforehand then pick it up in the Travel Money Oz branch of your choosing.

Read the full Travel Money Oz review

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2. Travelex

The Travelex in Cairns is in the Cairns Central shopping centre, downtown near the city. It's open seven days a week and offers a wide range of currency options beyond just exchanging currency.

Its location is also near other currency exchanges, so this is a good one to compare against others in the hunt for better rates.

However, you'll find even better value for money when you order currency online for in-store pick-up, as Travelex offers better rates when you pre-order via its website.

Read the full Travelex foreign cash review

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3. Currency Services Australia

This currency exchange is also located downtown, on Spence St, near the centre of Cairns and close to a lot of other currency exchanges.

It's a smaller brand than the others and only open six days a week, but you might find more preferable rates or another option to compare.


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

Take advantage of a few tips to help you get a better deal when exchanging currencies.

  • Plan ahead. There are travel money options beyond just exchanging cash at booths and many of them will be more cost-effective. If you still need cash for your trip, you can also buy it at home before you depart, often at more favourable rates.
  • Compare your options. There are a lot of currency exchanges close to each other in downtown Cairns, which makes it easy to shop around and compare your options. Don't just go for the first one you see.
  • Know the mid-market rates. It's worth paying attention to the mid-market rates because they let you easily work out how good rates are even if you don't have anything else to compare to.
  • Avoid airports. You'll find a lot of currency exchanges at airports, but they generally won't offer the best value for money and are more likely to have some of the worst rates in the area.
  • Be wary of extra fees. Certain options will typically come with extra fees. ATMs are one of the most common extra-cost currency exchange options, although they are convenient.

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You can also send money overseas, typically at more favourable rates than you'll find at a regular currency exchange.

Enter the details of your transfer into the table below and it will run the numbers to show you what your transfer could look like with a range of different providers.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
GBP 0 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.752 USD
7,523
Azimo sends money directly to a bank account or over 280,000 cash pick-up points. It also has fast transfers to 50+ countries. Go to site Show details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.755 USD
7,546
TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
TorFX sends money overseas in 30+ currencies, with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
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AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.755 USD
7,546
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.755 USD
7,546
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
WorldFirst sends 60+ currencies at competitive rates. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.755 USD
7,546
Send guarantees to match any competitor’s exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Send provides fee-free transfers via its 24/7 multi-currency payments platform with real-time quotes.
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AUD 1 Same day AUD 0.00 0.754 USD
7,538
XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools. Go to site Show details
AUD 1 Same day AUD 3.99 0.749 USD
7,482
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
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AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 45.00 0.755 USD
7,511
Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 50+ currencies. Go to site Show details
AUD 200 1 - 2 days AUD 50.00 0.757 USD
7,528
New customers sending over AUD 500 from Australia use code FINDER50 to get AUD 50 off. Valid till 30th June 2021. T&Cs apply.
InstaReM offers simple transfers with a flat 0.5% transfer fee for most transfers.
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AUD 1 1 day AUD 52.00 0.754 USD
7,499
Pay no fees on your first two transfers, up to $3,000.
SingX offers the real exchange rate every time you make a transfer and can help you send money across the world.
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AUD 10 Within an hour AUD 2.99 0.749 USD
7,491
Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
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Azimo International Money Transfers

Azimo sends money directly to a bank account or over 280,000 cash pick-up points. It also has fast transfers to 50+ countries.

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TorFX International Money Transfers

TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
TorFX sends money overseas in 30+ currencies, with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.

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OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.

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WorldFirst sends 60+ currencies at competitive rates. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.

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