Send Money to France Cheaply

Information verified correct on December 12th, 2016

Find a better exchange rate and lower fees when sending money to France

In 2012 to 2013, close to 24,000 French citizens took advantage of the working holiday maker program using a specialised visa. France is also a large source of international tertiary students in Australia and had over 4,000 enrollments in 2013.

There is also a growing investment interest from French nationals who invested over $15 billion Australian Dollars (AUD) in 2013 of which $5.5 billion was from foreign direct investment (FDI). Tourism is high between the nations as well, with visitors coming and going to and from both countries.

Compare options for sending money to France

Rates last updated December 12th, 2016
Description Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX International Money Transfers
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction
Conditions apply
AUD 200 1 day Online, Phone, Agent Go to site More
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
Exclusive offer: Special exchange rates and $0 transfer fee
OFX is currently offering finder.com.au exclusive exchange rates and $0 transfer fee on all transfers.
AUD 250 1 day Online, Phone, Agent Go to site More
Exclusive: CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Exclusive: CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Exclusive offer: 3 Free transfers (after your first transfer).
A peer-to-peer transfer service with a large range of currencies on offer.
EUR 8 2 days Online Go to site More
Currency Online International Money Transfers
Currency Online International Money Transfers
Enjoy regular scheduled transfers, one off transfers and a range of currencies. Also enjoy your first transfer for free. AUD 0 2 days Online, Phone Go to site More
Citibank Plus Everyday Account
Citibank Plus Everyday Account
A transaction account with free transfers to any country and no foreign transaction or international ATM withdrawal fees. AUD 0 Same day Online, Phone, Agent, Bank Account to Bank Account More
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
Send money in as little as 24-48 hours to a range of countries with Compass Global Markets. AUD 1,000 2 days Online, Phone Go to site More

Speak to a FX Expert

Enter your details to speak to a foreign exchange expert

By submitting this form, you agree to finder.com.au privacy policy
TorFX Logo

Save money on your personal or business international money transfer today. Fill in the form and you’ll be contacted by a foreign exchange expert to have an obligation-free discussion about your options. Our foreign exchange experts offer a best rate guarantee, are ASIC authorised and never charge transfer fees.

They can help you with all your needs including:

  • Buying property abroad
  • Emigrating
  • Regular overseas payments
  • Risk management
  • Forecasting

Back to top

Tonio travels to Australia

Before settling down after university, Tonio, a Paris native, would like to spend time abroad. Hearing of the working holiday maker program he sees Australia as a good opportunity to learn how to surf and work at the same time.

The only concern Tonio has is continuing to pay his student loan while abroad. He does some research online to see how much it would cost to send $1,000 AUD to France monthly, and how many Euro (EUR) that would exchange to.

Bank

Money transfer company

Exchange rate

1.00 AUD = 0.6881 EUR

1.00 AUD = 0.71773 EUR

Fee

22 AUD

3.99 AUD

Amount for $1,000 AUD

703.24 EUR

717.73 EUR

Transfer options

Bank transfer

Bank transfer

Transfer time

Three to five business days

One to three business days

Difference

+ 14.49 EUR

Tonio finds out that sending money through the money transfer service will his money to France quicker, and save him almost 15 EUR per month (over 170 EUR in a year).

Turn fee money into your money by comparing transfer options effectively

There are a number of things to consider when transferring money from Australia to France as you can see from Tonio’s example. To ensure that you are getting the service you want at the best value look closely at the following:

  • Exchange rate. Exchange rates will fluctuate with the market, so this is something you will need to look at frequently. Always apply it to a larger Australian Dollar amount to see the true difference in value.
  • Fees. As you can see from the above example, there could be a significant difference in the amount of fees you're charged. This amount may also change if you send higher dollar amounts.
  • Transfer options. Banks can offers the convenience of completing the transfer online, while some transfer companies require you to go to their office.
  • Pick up options. As with the transfer, this is a matter of personal preference and ease for the person who will be receiving the money.
  • Turnaround time. If sending money in an emergency situation, the transfer company is the best option.
Back to top

Choose the right transfer option to France depending on your situation

With the Euro being a highly recognised currency, you are going to find a few options available when choosing a money transfer company:

  • WorldRemit. WorldRemit allows you to transfer money to a bank account in France using money debited from a transaction account.
  • Western Union and MoneyGram. Both of these providers give you the option to send money and have it available as a cash pick up.
  • Travelex. If you're sending a minimum of $500 AUD you can use Travelex to send money to France. They have a $15 (or equivalent) fee for transfers under $10,000, with transfers above this being free.

Use our comparison table to find out what options you have when transferring money to France

Back to top

Get your hands on emergency cash in France

France is one of the most visited countries in the world, including approximately 100,000 Australians annually. If you are travelling in France and are robbed of your cash, you have a few ways of replacing at least a portion of it for the rest of your trip:

  • Money transfer company. With your Australian passport and the tracking code, you will be able to pick up cash from a money transfer agency that has been sent to you from Australia.
  • Emergency cash from your credit card. A credit card may have an international travel insurance that will cover you for lost cash while traveling abroad. They will make arrangements for you to receive that money.
  • Travel insurance. An insurance policy is always recommended when traveling abroad. In the event that you are robbed, this policy could cover the cash that was lost and send you a replacement. Remember to save a police report to use when filing your claim.
Back to top

Cash pickup locations in France

Western Union

  • Paris

    La Banque Postale

    9 Place De L’hotel De Ville

    Paris, 75004

    +33-825009898

    Open Monday through Friday 8am to 6:30pm, Saturday 8am to 11:30am, Closed on Sunday.

  • La Banque Postale

    4 Rue De Moussy

    Paris, 75004

    +33-825009898

    Open Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 8am to 12pm, Sunday closed.

  • Lyon

    La Banque Postale

    3 Rue Du President Edouard

    Herriot

    Lyon, 69001

    +33-825-009898

    OPen Monday through Friday 8am to 6:30pm, Saturday 8am to 11:30am, Sunday closed.

  • Global Cash Sud

    3 Rue De La Republique

    Lyon, Lyon 69001

    Phone. +33-4-78273545

    Hours. Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm, Sunday closed.

MoneyGram

  • Paris

    MGF Agence Paris – Sebastop

    45 Boulevard De Sebastopol

    Paris, 75001

    +014-0289439

    Open Monday through Saturday 9am to 7pm, Sunday closed.

  • Tabac Saint Michel

    22 Rue Saint Andre Des Arts

    Paris, 75006

    +331-46330808

    Open seven days a week from 6am to 8pm.

  • Lyon

    Tabac Presse De La Bourse –Lyon

    55 Rue De la Bourse

    Lyon, 69002

    +047-8371318

    Open Monday through Saturday 8am to 2pm. Sunday closed.

  • Terreaux GSM – Lyon

    31 Rue Romarin

    Lyon, 69001

    +095-4380240

    Open seven days a week from 10am to 10pm.

Back to top

Pick up cash the right way when in France

If you are visiting France and need to travel to a cash pick up agency, call ahead to confirm their hours and to ensure that they have enough cash available. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that tourists practice normal safety precautions, but when picking up cash you should heighten your awareness of your surroundings and choose an agency in a well trafficked area.

Back to top
Send money to France effortlessly in four steps

If using a money transfer service to send money to France from Australia the company you choose will dictate whether the transaction is completed online or at an agency. In either event you are going to need to following information:

  • Recipient name. When picking up cash, the recipient is going to have to show a photo identification. The name on that ID must be the same as the name on the transfer request.
  • Complete address. You will be asked to give the mailing address of your beneficiary.
  • Contact information. The phone numbers of both you and the recipient.
  • Security question. For added security you could request that the recipient be asked a question created by you.

A reference number will be given to you at the end of the transaction that you will need to give to your friend or family member in France. Make sure that you save that paperwork in the event of a dispute.
As the amount of young people coming to Australia to work and vacation from France continues to rise, the need for reliable means of transferring money will grow. By going over the choices you have carefully, you can find the company that stretches the Australian Dollar further in Euros.

Back to top

International Money Transfer Offers

Learn about our information service
TorFX International Money Transfers

TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction
Conditions apply

Exclusive: World First Foreign Exchange

Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee
Transfer money into a range of currencies online and over the phone.

Exclusive: CurrencyFair International Money Transfers

Exclusive offer: 3 Free transfers (after your first transfer).
A peer-to-peer transfer service with a large range of currencies on offer.

FC Exchange International Money Transfers

No transfer fee via online, branch or phone when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent.

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question
feedback