WorldRemit vs WorldFirst

We compare two popular online transfer services to find out which one offers the best value for money.

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WorldRemit and WorldFirst both offer a convenient international money transfer service and allow you to send funds to countries all around the world. But which is the best choice for your next overseas transfer? To find out, we've compared WorldRemit and WorldFirst head to head to see how their exchange rates, fees and transfer times stack up.

The fees and rates used in this comparison are accurate as of 7 February 2019.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
3,413
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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AUD 1 Within an hour AUD 3.99 0.678 USD
3,385
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. 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.

Which has lower fees?

WorldRemit

WorldRemit charges flat transaction fees that vary depending on the amount of money you transfer, where you're sending it and how your recipient will access the money. Bank transfers tend to be the most affordable option and commonly attract fees of around $3.99, but the range of variables that can affect fees means the cost will vary depending on your specific transfer circumstances. Happily, you can use WorldRemit's online calculator to determine the fees that apply to your transaction without having to sign up for an account.

WorldFirst

WorldFirst does not charge any fees on international transfers for personal accounts, and instead makes money on the exchange rate margin.

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Winner: WorldFirst

WorldFirst doesn't charge any transfer fees and is the clear winner in this category.

However, please note that this doesn't necessarily mean your transfer will be cheaper with WorldFirst. Each service offers different exchange rates, which we'll examine below.

Let's crunch the numbers: Sending $1,000 to Germany

To give you a better idea of how WorldRemit and WorldFirst compare, let’s look at a hypothetical example of sending $1,000 to Germany. For the sake of clarity, we’ll send a bank transfer.

Sending $1,000 to Germany
WorldRemit WorldFirst
Transfer fee $3.99 $0.00
Transaction cost $1,003.99 $1,000
Exchange rate 1 AUD = 0.6160 EUR 1 AUD = 0.6219 EUR
Transfer speed 1-3 working days 1 working day
Total received (in EUR) €616 €621.88

As you can see in the table above, using WorldFirst instead of WorldRemit for this hypothetical transaction could save you $3.99 in transfer fees and allow you to send an extra €5.88 to your recipient.

Which offers better exchange rates?

WorldRemit

WorldRemit updates its exchange rates daily and adds a margin on top of the mid-market rate. While the margin varies depending on the currency you send, WorldRemit typically offers a margin of around 1-2%. For example, if you wanted to send a transfer to the UK:

  • If the mid-market rate is 1 AUD = 0.5498 GBP
  • WorldRemit's rate might be 1 AUD = 0.5411 GBP

WorldFirst

The margin offered by WorldFirst generally ranges between 0.2% and 2%, but once again it will vary depending on the currency you want to send. For example, if you wanted to send GBP to the UK:

  • If the mid-market rate is 1 AUD = 0.5498 GBP
  • WorldFirst's rate might be 1 AUD = 0.5470 GBP

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Winner: WorldFirst

WorldFirst generally offers a smaller margin and therefore a better exchange rate than WorldRemit.

That said, this isn't always the case, so it's worth comparing quotes before committing to a provider.

Which is faster

WorldRemit

Transfer times with WorldRemit vary depending on the transfer method you select and where you are sending your money. However, WorldRemit lists the following transfer times:

  • Bank transfer: Instant transfers to selected banks; between 1-3 working days in other cases
  • Cash pickup: Available to collect instantly
  • Mobile money: Instant or near-instant
  • Airtime top-up: Instant or near-instant
  • Home delivery: 24 hours - 7 days

WorldFirst

Transfer times vary on the currency you're sending, the bank used and the amount of money you're transferring. If you're sending a major currency like GBP, USD or EUR, WorldFirst claims that same-day payments are usually available once it has received your funds. However, some other transactions can take up to four days to complete.

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Winner: WorldRemit

WorldRemit offers several transfer options that allow your recipient to access funds instantly or almost instantly, making it the clear winner here.

General features

Payment methods Minimum and maximum transfers Delivery methods Transfer speeds Countries and currencies
WorldRemit
  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Android Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Minimum: $1
  • Maximum: $50,000
  • Bank transfer
  • Mobile wallet
  • Cash pick-up
  • Airtime top-up
  • Door-to-door delivery
Within an hour 145+ countries
WorldFirst Bank transfer
  • Minimum: $2,000
  • No maximum
Bank transfer 1 day 60+ currencies

WorldRemit

To send an international transfer with WorldRemit, the first step is to sign up for a free account. You'll then need to specify the currency and amount you want to send, as well as who you'll be sending it to. You can pay for your transaction via bank account transfer, credit/debit card and Android Pay or Apple Pay. WorldRemit also offers five different transfer types

WorldFirst

Once you've signed up for an account with WorldFirst, you can begin a transfer request by selecting the currency you have and the currency you want to send, and entering your transaction amount. You'll also need to provide your recipient's bank account details and review the exchange rate you'll receive before submitting the transaction. The funds will then be deposited into your recipient's bank account.

Bottom line

While it was a close contest, WorldFirst is the winner thanks to its (generally) higher exchange rates and no transfer fees. However, WorldRemit is well worth considering if transfer speed is a priority.

Ultimately, it's important to compare a wide range of international money transfer services to find the best value for your transaction.

Looking for more options?

Use our comparison calculator below to weigh up the fees, exchange rates and other details of money transfer providers out there.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 3,000 1 day GBP 20.00 0.682 USD
6,808
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 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,826
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
Go to site Show details
AUD 250 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,828
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
Go to site Show details
AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.682 USD
6,824
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
No-maximum limit transfers with competitive exchange rates for 100+ currencies. No transfer fee over AUD$10,000.
Go to site Show details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.683 USD
6,831
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 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.679 USD
6,789
Special offer: Pay zero fees on your first 5 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
Go to site Show details
AUD 1 Within an hour AUD 3.99 0.678 USD
6,774
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. Go to site Show details
AUD 200 1 day AUD 0.00 0.68 USD
6,804
Low minimum transfer amount of just AU$200, with no set-up fees or transfer fees. 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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