Review: TransferWise money transfers – April 2019

Save money with the mid-market rate and a transparent fee structure.

Quick verdict

Good for
  • Fair exchange rates
  • Transparent fees
  • Low minimum transfer amount
  • Fast registration and verification
  • Easy to use
Not so great for
    • Large transfers
    • If the receiver is unbanked
    • Paying by cash

Product NameTransferWise International Money Transfers
Min. Transfer AmountAUD 1
Max. Transfer AmountAUD 1,800,000
Transfer MethodsOnline, Bank Account to Bank Account
Transfer OptionsRegular payments, One off payments
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
1 - 2 days
Customer ServicePhone, Chat, Email
Available CurrenciesAED, ARS, AUD, BDT, BGN, BRL, CAD, CHF, CLP, CNY, COP, CZK, DKK, EGP, EUR, GBP, GEL, GHS, HKD, HRK, HUF, IDR, ILS, INR, JPY, KES, KRW, LKR, MAD, MXN, MYR, NGN, NOK, NPR, NZD, PEN, PHP, PKR, PLN, RON, RUB, SEK, SGD, THB, TRY, UAH, USD, VND, ZAR
Exchange Rate UpdatesReal time

Pros

  • No minimum transfer amount
  • No hidden commissions or unexpected fees
  • Uses the mid-market exchange rate to give you the best possible deal

Cons

  • Not all currencies supported

TransferWise exchange rates and fees

TransferWise is one of the few services that offers its customers the mid-market rate. This is the rate you can see on Google or Reuters and it's what your money's actually worth on the global market, compared to another currency.

While you might see that the quoted exchange rate from other money transfer services is different to the mid-market rate, this won't happen with TransferWise. Other services make their money from this margin added on to the exchange rate, but TransferWise only charges a fee.

TransferWise's fee is usually a combination of a percentage and a fixed flat-fee of a few dollars. You can see what your transfer would look like with TransferWise by using the calculator below, which offers real-time exchange rates and fees.

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to

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 45.00 0.704 USD
7,013
Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details

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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

TransferWise offers money transfers to over 45 different currencies. You can check out the full list of the currencies above, but some of the more popular ones include:

  • CNY Chinese yuan
  • EUR Euro
  • GBP British pound
  • INR Indian rupee
  • LKR Sri Lankan rupee
  • PHP Philippine peso
  • USD US dollar
  • VND Vietnamese dong

What types of transfers can you make with TransferWise?

With TransferWise, you'll only be able to make transfers to a bank account, so you can't send to a cash pick-up location or mobile wallet just yet.

TransferWise also doesn't offer some of the forex products its competitors do, like forwards contracts and limit orders, but there is a service specifically for business. You can read more about it in our full review.

Which payment methods does TransferWise accept?

You can pay for your transfer a few ways, including:

  • Bank transfer
  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • Apple or Android Pay

Keep in mind that a bank transfer will usually cost you the least. Paying by credit card ends up adding a percentage fee on top.

How long does a transfer with TransferWise take?

Transfer time depends on what currency you're sending.

As a general rule, it'll be anywhere between one and two business days. But if you're sending to the UK, for example, your money should arrive in minutes.

On the other hand, sending to USD will take around two business days.

Transfers typically takeClock icon for transfer speed

1 - 2 days

Is TransferWise safe to use?

  • Security and regulation: Government-regulated, two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • Established: 2011
  • Number of customers: Over 4 million*.
  • Reviews: TrustPilot gives TransferWise a score of 9.2 out of 10, based on over 55,000 reviews*
  • Investors: Virgin Group, JP Morgan, LHV Ventures, NatWest Bank

According to TransferWise and Trustpilot on 16 January 2019.

TransferWise uses 2FA, meaning that when you log in, you'll need to go through two levels of verification to access your account. This gives you extra protection for your account. Since TransferWise is government-regulated, it keeps its clients' money separate from its own funds. This means if TransferWise runs into financial hardship, your money will be safe.

How to register an account and send your first transfer

What is TransferWise?

TransferWise was founded in 2011 when two friends, Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann, devised a way to transfer funds overseas without losing any of their money. TransferWise now has 11 offices, including the headquarters in London and other offices in New York, Sydney and Singapore.

In a nutshell

Pros
  • Offers the mid-market rate. This is the fairest exchange rate you'll be able to find.
  • Transparent fee structure. You can find out exactly what fees you'll be paying without having to sign up for an account.
  • Fast registration. The verification process is incredibly quick, so you can sign up and make your first transfer within 10 minutes.
  • Very low minimum transfer limit.The smallest amount you can send is $1, making it super accessible.
Cons
  • Fees can add up. Since most of the fees come from a percentage of the transaction, you'll find they may add up if you're sending a lot of money. Compare your other options for large transfers.
  • Receiver has to have a bank account. You won't be able to send to a cash pick-up location or mobile wallet.

How does TransferWise compare to other services?

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to

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.702 USD
7,017
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.
Go to site Show details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.702 USD
7,017
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 0.702 USD
7,017
$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.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 1 - 2 days AUD 45.00 0.704 USD
7,013
Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details
AUD 1 Within an hour AUD 3.99 0.701 USD
7,007
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 0.702 USD
7,016
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.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 1 day AUD 0.00 0.701 USD
7,010
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 0.705 USD
7,010
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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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.

Frequently asked questions

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International Money Transfer Offers

Important Information*
TorFX International Money Transfers

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.

WorldFirst International Money Transfers

Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider.

OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

$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.

TransferWise International Money Transfers

Make online transfers at the mid-market rate with transparent fees in 45+ currencies.

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44 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    September 5, 2018

    Can you send money to Ghana?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezSeptember 5, 2018Staff

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, TransferWise can let you send money to Ghana. To start, just click the Go to Site button above to be redirected to their website and start the sending process.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    RafFebruary 12, 2018

    Hi, I want to send 1000 AUD to my friend who lives in Thailand into her bank account. Do I have to know the SWIFT code of the recipient bank? Or just straightforward the way we transfer money in Australia in between two bank account? Thank you

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchMarch 4, 2018Staff

      Hi Raf,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      With TransferWise, there’s no need for SWIFT code to transfer money to Thailand. You can transfer money to the recipient’s bank directly.
      You will only need to use SWIFT code if you will send JPY or ZAR using TransferWise.

      Alternatively, you can also check this page for other money transfer service options that you can compare to send money to Thailand.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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    MargaretDecember 12, 2017

    Hi I would like to send AUD to USA. The account I will be transferring to has an Account Number and a CHASUS** number. Is this ok.?

    • finder Customer Care
      RenchDecember 13, 2017Staff

      HI Margaret,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with TransferWise or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      If you are referring to TransferWise, all you have to do is enter the amount you want to send, a destination and whether you want a debit card or bank transfer (Poli pay is also available). Then you can fill in your details and upload your money. You can also send money to an email address.

      Once that’s done, TransferWise converts the funds to your currency of choice using the mid-market exchange rate. The money is then paid to the recipient in your nominated currency, with the whole process taking just one to four working days.

      Please click on the green ‘Go to Site’ button on this page to direct you to TransferWise official site.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    steveJuly 27, 2017

    hi, i want to transfer +10K to Thailand. ( 1 bank acc to another ) are there any tax implications ?

    • finder Customer Care
      HaroldJuly 28, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      TransferWise does not levy any tax on its transfer fee. This means you will not be charged Value Added Tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other indirect tax. TransferWise will pay out the agreed amount to the recipient and will not withhold any taxes on money transferred. Depending on the nature of a transfer the payee and/or the recipient may have their own obligation to declare and pay tax. TransferWise cannot advise whether tax applies to your transfer and recommends you ask a financial advisor and/or the relevant tax authority.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    RobJuly 8, 2017

    Is a transfer of 400 000 Canadian to Australia possible

    And do I have to let government authorities know I am transferring money?

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      ArnoldJuly 9, 2017

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, the transfer is possible and there is no need to inform authorities regarding the transfer as well. Please note that the transfer may last 1-4 banking days.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    RamNovember 20, 2016

    How long does it takes…is this 24/7 online service…if I send money now to Philippines how much time do they need to wait? Cheers

    • finder Customer Care
      LouNovember 21, 2016Staff

      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you are transferring money through TransferWise, the whole process could take 1-4 working days to be completed. This depends on the currencies involved, the payment method you chose as well as bank holidays and non-working days in both the sending and receiving countries.

      Please Note that TransferWise can only send or receive your money during regular banking hours.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    jorgeNovember 10, 2016

    Hi there,

    Wanna send aud to gbp

    What need to get verified?

    What need to get verified gbp to eur?

    Talking amounts $10,000+

    Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      HaroldNovember 11, 2016Staff

      Hello Jorge,

      Thank you for your question.

      There are 5 Things you need to know before transferring and these are:
      1. Send money from your own bank account or card
      2. Sending your money
      3. Account verification
      4. Use correct details in your profile
      5. No cash or cheque

      To view the full details please follow this process
      1. On this page click the “go to site” button.
      2. Now click the “Help” tab at the upper right part of their platform.
      3. Using the search box please type-in “5 Things to Know Before Transferring”
      4. Then click the link and it will redirect you to the full details of the article.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    KimSeptember 29, 2016

    I’m in Australia and I’d like to send either USD or Ukrainian currency to my friend in Ukraine. What are my options please?

    • finder Customer Care
      ClarizzaSeptember 29, 2016Staff

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you’re considering using TransferWise to send money to Ukraine, you would be sending money online. You can use the calculator and table on this page to find out the exchange rate. Or you can explore other services and compare exchange rates on our Money Transfers page. There is also a form that you can complete to speak to a foreign exchange expert should you want to discuss your situation in further detail.

      Regards
      Clarizza

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    KimSeptember 29, 2016

    Hi,

    I’m in Australia and I’d like to transfer USD to a friend in Ukraine. Or if I can’t do that, would it be possible to send him the Ukrainian currency?.

    Thanks.

    • finder Customer Care
      LouOctober 5, 2016Staff

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for your question.

      With TransferWise, you should be able to send money from Australia to Ukraine. You can also visit this page to check your other options. Your friend should be able to claim the money in the currency of the country where it is received.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    TonyJune 17, 2016

    My friend in Shanghai wants to send AUD $60 ( RMB 292 ) to me here in Queensland, how much will it cost her in a fee.

    • finder Customer Care
      ClarizzaJune 27, 2016Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, RMB is not yet listed or available to transfer with TransferWise. However, they are expanding the currencies available to transfer. You can find out more direct on their site.

      You might also find our international money transfers page useful – here, you can compare services or use the form at the bottom of this page to speak to an expert.

      Hope this helps.

      Clarizza

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