Best places to exchange currency in Canberra

Where to find the best deal when exchanging foreign currency in Canberra.

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Regardless of whether you're visiting Canberra for business or pleasure, there are plenty of options to choose from when you want to exchange foreign currency.

But where can you find the best value for money? Keep reading for information on some of the top currency exchange services in Canberra.

Who can change my money in Canberra?

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1. Travelex

Travelex is a travel money specialist that offers currency exchange services, prepaid travel money cards and international transfers. You can order dozens of currencies online or in-store from Travelex, with locations on Alinga Street, at Canberra Centre, in Westfield shopping centres in Woden and Belconnen, and at Canberra International Airport.

Read more about Travelex foreign currency exchange in our review

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2. Travel Money Oz

Travel Money Oz offers prepaid travel cards and also allows you to exchange dozens of popular currencies. You can buy currency online or in-store, with Travel Money Oz boasting three locations in Canberra – Canberra Centre, Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden. All stores are open seven days a week.

Read more about Travel Money Oz in our review

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3. Unimoni

Unimoni is best known as an international money transfer provider but it also offers foreign exchange services. Its Canberra City branch is found in Garema Place and is open from Monday to Saturday, while its Westfield Belconnen branch is also open Monday to Saturday.

Read more about Unimoni in our review


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

To ensure you get the best value for money, remember the following tips when buying or selling foreign currency:

  • Compare your options online. Rather than visiting multiple stores to see who offers the best exchange rate, shop around for the highest rate online. You can then book your currency over the Internet before collecting it in person.
  • Check the current mid-market rate. The mid-market rate can be found on Google and is the "real" exchange rate. Before selling any currency on to you, the currency exchange service will add a margin on top of this mid-market rate, so check the current mid-market rate to find out whether you're getting a good deal.
  • Watch out for hidden fees. Read the fine print closely to find out whether any fees will apply to your transaction. Even if a currency exchange service claims that it doesn't charge any fees, it's a certainty that fees will actually apply – they're just included in your exchange rate rather than charged up-front.
  • Avoid airport exchange bureaus. While they may be convenient, airport exchange bureaus tend to charge high fees and offer poor exchange rates compared to what is available elsewhere.
  • Avoid foreign ATMs. Avoid withdrawing cash from a foreign ATM if possible. While this is quick and convenient, you'll need to accept high fees and low exchange rates if you choose this option.

Our complete guide to buying foreign currency

Compare money transfer services

If you want to send an international money transfer rather than buy foreign currency, input the details of your transfer into the calculator below. You'll then be able to compare how much your transaction will cost across a range of leading transfer services.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
GBP 0 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.721 USD
7,211
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 0.724 USD
7,236
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 1 Within an hour AUD 0.00 0.723 USD
7,230
New customers get their first transaction for free with code FIRSTFREE. T&Cs apply.
Send money in minutes at competitive exchange rates with this Australian money transfer service.
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AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.723 USD
7,232
$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 0.723 USD
7,231
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 0.723 USD
7,225
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 0.717 USD
7,171
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 0.723 USD
7,199
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 0.725 USD
7,215
Exclusive: New customers sending over 500 AUD from Australia use code FINDER50 to get 50 AUD off. Pay zero fees on your first transaction. Valid till 31 December 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 0.723 USD
7,188
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 0.718 USD
7,179
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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AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.723 USD
7,231
Special offer: Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.
CurrencyFair has bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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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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International Money Transfer Offers

Important Information*
Logo for Azimo International Money Transfers
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.

Logo for TorFX International Money Transfers
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.

Logo for MasterRemit International Money Transfers
MasterRemit International Money Transfers

New customers get their first transaction for free with code FIRSTFREE. T&Cs apply.
Send money in minutes at competitive exchange rates with this Australian money transfer service.

Logo for OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
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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