CurrencyFair international money transfers

Peer-to-peer transfers in 19 currencies, with better exchange rates and lower fees than the banks.

Quick verdict

Good for
  • Competitive exchange rates.
  • Low fees.
  • Simple and straightforward to use.
  • Plenty of positive customer reviews.
Not so great for
    • Credit card or cash transfers.
    • Urgent transfers.
    • Transfers of $50,000 or more.

Product NameCurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Min. Transfer AmountAUD 5
Max. Transfer AmountAUD 10,000,000
Transfer MethodsOnline
Transfer OptionsOne off payments
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
1 - 2 days
Customer ServicePhone, Email
Available CurrenciesAED, AUD, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, HUF, ILS, INR, NOK, NZD, PLN, SEK, SGD, USD, ZAR
Online Transfer FeeEUR 3

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CurrencyFair exchange rates and fees

CurrencyFair is a peer-to-peer currency exchange service. This means you're able to set the exchange rate you want and then wait for it to be matched by someone looking to exchange currencies in the opposite direction. However, if there are no other customers available to match your rate, CurrencyFair will match with you instead.

There are two transfer fees you'll need to be aware of:

  • A flat fee. This varies depending on the currency you send but is the equivalent of €3.
  • A fee calculated as a percentage of your transaction amount. If you're matched with another customer directly, CurrencyFair charges a fee of 0.25-0.3% of your transaction amount. If CurrencyFair matches with you, this fee rises to 0.4-0.6% depending on the currency pair.

If you sign up for a CurrencyFair account through Finder though, your first five transfers are free.

Calculate how much sending money overseas would cost with CurrencyFair by using our tool below. You can also check out the real-time exchange rate CurrencyFair offers and if there are any additional fees.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.682 USD
6,818
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The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

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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Available currencies

CurrencyFair allows you to send money overseas in 19 currencies, including:

  • CAD Canadian dollar
  • CHF Swiss franc
  • GBP British pound
  • EUR Euro
  • INR Indian rupee
  • SGD Singapore dollar
  • USD US dollar
  • ZAR South African rand

You can check out the full list of supported currencies above.

What types of transfers can you make with CurrencyFair?

CurrencyFair only offers bank account transfers. If you want to send an instant cash transfer, you'll need to consider other providers.

How long does a transfer with CurrencyFair take?

CurrencyFair transfer times depend on two factors:

  • Deposit time. The time it takes for the AUD you deposit to arrive in your CurrencyFair account is typically 1-2 business days.
  • Transaction time. This varies between currencies. The most common processing time is 1-2 business days, but some currencies (such as GBP and INR) can be sent within 0-1 business days.

Transfers typically takeClock icon for transfer speed

1 - 2 days

What payment methods does CurrencyFair accept?

You can deposit funds into your CurrencyFair account via two methods:

  • Online bank transfer
  • BPAY

Is CurrencyFair safe to use?

  • Regulation: Regulated in Australia by ASIC.
  • Established: 2009.
  • Security: Client funds held in segregated accounts with tier 1 international banks.
  • Reviews: TrustScore of 9.4/10* from 3,200+ reviews on Trustpilot.
*According to CurrencyFair and Trustpilot on 20 May 2019.

CurrencyFair is based in Ireland and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Its Australian branch, CurrencyFair Australia Pty Ltd, is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and listed on AUSTRAC's Remittance Sector Register.

As part of the regulatory process, the Irish Central Bank requires CurrencyFair to maintain a minimum level of assets at all times. The company also keeps client funds in segregated accounts with major financial institutions, and requires two-factor authentication for specific actions, such as sending a transfer.

Finally, CurrencyFair claims that all customer information is stored in a secure facility which is safeguarded around the clock.

How does CurrencyFair make money?

CurrencyFair makes money by charging two fees:

  • A flat fee that applies to all transfers.
  • A fee calculated as a small percentage of your transaction amount.

How to register an account

Before you can send a transfer, you'll need to sign up for a CurrencyFair account by completing the following steps.

How do I make an international money transfer with CurrencyFair?

You can send a transfer by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Internet banking account and deposit funds to your CurrencyFair account.
  2. Once the deposit has cleared, log in to your CurrencyFair account and click the "Exchange" menu.
  3. Enter the amount you wish to exchange and select the currency you want to acquire.
  4. Choose whether you want to accept the best exchange rate currently available, or set your desired rate and wait for it to be matched by other users. The former is the default and quickest option.
  5. Click "Exchange Now" to complete the currency exchange.
  6. You can then click on "Transfer Now".
  7. Enter your recipient's bank account details and specify the amount you want to transfer.
  8. Review the transfer fee and estimated arrival time.
  9. If you're ready to finalise your transfer, click "Submit".

What is CurrencyFair?

CurrencyFair is a peer-to-peer currency exchange marketplace that offers bank-beating exchange rates and fees. Founded in 2009, CurrencyFair is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, but also has offices in the UK and Australia. Since its inception, the company has exchanged more than €8 billion worth of currency.

In a nutshell

Pros:

  • Competitive exchange rates and fees. CurrencyFair claims that, on average, the cost of sending a transfer is around 0.45% of the transaction amount. This is much less than you would pay to send funds overseas using your bank.
  • Easy online transfer process. While the peer-to-peer exchange process might sound complicated at first, sending money online with CurrencyFair is simple and straightforward.
  • Mobile transfer app available. If you need to send money on the go, CurrencyFair offers a mobile transfer app for Android and Apple devices.
  • Five fee-free transfers. If you sign up for a CurrencyFair account through Finder, the first five transfers you make with CurrencyFair are free.

Cons:

  • Only supports major currencies. While CurrencyFair does support a decent range of currencies, you'll need to look elsewhere if you want to send money overseas in a rare currency.
  • Not ideal for larger transfers. If you're sending a large transfer, for example $50,000 or more, the average 0.45% transfer fee can start to get quite expensive.
  • No credit card or cash payment. Credit card and cash payments are not accepted.

How does CurrencyFair compare to other providers?

Check out the table below to find out how the fees and transaction times of CurrencyFair compare to those offered by a range of other international money transfer services.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,826
TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,826
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AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,826
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
$0 transfer fee on transfers over AU$10,000, $15 flat fee applies otherwise. 24-hour customer service available with a local support team.
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AUD 250 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,826
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
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AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.682 USD
6,820
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 0.682 USD
6,818
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 0.682 USD
6,816
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AUD 3,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,825
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 0.682 USD
6,819
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AUD 200 1 - 2 days AUD 50.00 0.685 USD
6,816
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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AUD 1 Within an hour - - Limited time offer: $0 fees on your first THREE transfers at any 7-Eleven. T&Cs apply.
Fast cash pick-ups to more than 350,000 agent locations worldwide.
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The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

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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    NinaAugust 21, 2018

    Hi, I am about to move to Micronesia (currency USD). I plan to open a local bank account, but will still need to transfer money from my Australian bank account to the Micronesian one. Is this possible with currencyFair and how much would I likely be charged in fees for a $1000 AUD transfer?
    Thanks.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaAugust 27, 2018Staff

      Hi Nina,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, it is possible for you to send money from Australia to Micronesia. The only fee you need to worry about is 3 Euros for each transfer. Please remember as well that CurrencyFair adds a small margin to each transfer when converting currencies. CurrencyFair doesn’t have any limit maximum transfer amount.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    carolineNovember 16, 2016

    hi

    I would like to transfer $17350 American dollars from Egypt to Australia , same currency , how can I do that

    thank you

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      HaroldNovember 16, 2016Staff

      Hello Caroline,

      Generally, you open an account with the service, deposit the money you want to send via your local bank account so you’re not charged any fees. Then, you indicate what country you want to send the funds to by providing the recipient’s IBAN/SWIFT number, BSB and account number. The service then processes the transaction for you usually at a better exchange and lower fees due to economies of scale. Also, you may read this article as your reference guide before you do the money transfer.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    CarolOctober 20, 2016

    Please can you tell me how I can transfer British Pounds to a Bank account in Kenya that is in US dollars? I have a currency fair account. Thank you

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ClarizzaOctober 24, 2016Staff

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your question.

      You will need to first open a CurrencyFair account then send your funds to the client account. Next, you convert your funds into your chosen currency, and then you give CurrencyFair the account details to receive your funds. You can open an account with CurrencyFair direct from our site by clicking the ‘Go to site’ button. You will be taken to the CurrencyFair website where you can select the currency you will be sending and the currency your recipient will receive.

      Hope this has helped.

      Regards,
      Clarizza

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    alicAugust 1, 2016

    can I send money from Kenya to Norway and how do I go about it

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayAugust 1, 2016Staff

      Hi Alic,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, sending money from Kenya to Norway through Currency Fair is not possible. But you can send through Western Union, Worldremit and Moneygram.

      Cheers,
      May

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    SunnyApril 17, 2016

    Can i send from Singapore dollars in Singapore bank to Canadian dollars in Vancouver

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyApril 19, 2016Staff

      Hi Sunny,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can send money from Singapore to Canada with CurrencyFair, though you can only conduct this online and not through a Singaporean bank.

      When you open a CurrencyFair account you’ll be asked to deposit funds.

      If you conduct it through your bank it’s likely to be a bank international money transfer instead.

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    MikeApril 13, 2016

    Do both parties/people have to be members of Currency Fair to transfer money to each other?

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      HarryApril 13, 2016

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your question.

      The sender must be a member of Currency Fair in order to transfer money to a third party. The recipient does not need to have a Currency Fair account. You may need to provide Currency Fair with information regarding the third party and why you are sending money to them.

      I hope this helps,

      Harry

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    AjayMarch 17, 2016

    Hi,
    Is it possible to transfer money from AED to INR (India) through Currency Fair?

    Regards,
    Ajay

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyMarch 17, 2016Staff

      Hi Ajay,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately CurrencyFair can’t support that transfer. TorFX, Currency Solutions, World First or Compass Markets can help.

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    markFebruary 19, 2016

    how much in $aus to ensure 2511 NZ arrives in NZ bank a/c please

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyFebruary 22, 2016Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your question.

      At the time of writing, AUD$ 250.10032 will need to be sent.

      Hope this helps.

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    MichaelJanuary 2, 2016

    HI,
    How do I get th free transaction? I’ve followed the link to the CurrencyFair website from finder.com.au, but they re still wanting to apply to transaction charge.
    Michael

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyJanuary 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your question.

      Your account will be credited with €15 after your first transfer. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    lisaDecember 2, 2015

    i have a currency fair account, can i us it to transfer funds from my linked account in Australia to a friend bank account in the UK?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleyDecember 3, 2015Staff

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes this should be possible with your current CurrencyFair account.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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