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Best places to exchange currency in Hamilton

Find the best deal on foreign currency exchange in Hamilton.

Whether you’re hiking the Bruce Trail, stopping to smell the flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens or nipping over to Niagara Falls for the day, there are plenty of things to keep you busy in Hamilton. So how do you choose the best foreign currency exchange to make the most of your trip?

Who can change my money in Hamilton?

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1. Kantor Currency Exchange

You’ll find this kiosk inside Starsky Foods on Queenston Road. It’s open seven days a week and you can pay with cash or card.

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2. Continental Currency Exchange

This is a popular Ontario brand and can be found in the Lime Ridge Mall and at Jackson Square. It’s open seven days a week and you can even order your currency online for fast pick-up or delivery.

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3. Global Money Exchange

Located on Upper James Street in Centremount, this store offers currency exchange and money transfers. You can check rates online and visit the store during opening hours, six days a week.

Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

  • Shop for offers online. It’s easier to find the best deal when you compare rates online before heading to your nearest vendor. You might even be able to convince them to price match with competitors.
  • Know the mid-market rate. Do a quick search for exchange rates on Google or Reuters before you settle on a service. This way you can know when a vendor is trying to charge too much.
  • Pay with cash or bank transfer. Avoid using credit or debit cards to pay for your transfer since these often come with hidden charges and fees.
  • Walk away from ATMs. ATMs can be convenient but they’re also much more expensive than using a reputable foreign exchange agent, especially if you’re exchanging large amounts.
  • Avoid doing business at the airport. Airport vendors are known for offering dismal exchange rates. You can save money by swapping your cash in the city centre or pre-purchasing currency before you fly.

Compare money transfer services

Similar to foreign currency exchange, an international money transfer is one possible way to send local currency to a loved one overseas. Our table below lets you compare fees and exchange rates for reputable money transfer specialists operating out of Canada.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
CAD 1 Same day CAD 0.00 0.78 USD
XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools. Go to site Show details
USD 150 1 day CAD 0.00 0.781 USD
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
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CAD 2,000 1 day CAD 0.00 0.78 USD
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
TorFX sends money overseas in 30+ currencies, with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
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CAD 10 Within an hour CAD 1.99 0.775 USD
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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CAD 0 Within an hour CAD 3.99 0.78 USD
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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USD 10,000 1 - 2 days CAD 0.00 0.777 USD
Dunbridge Financial offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on transfers to more than 120 countries. Go to site Show details
CAD 1 1 - 2 days CAD 90.00 0.784 USD
Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details
GBP 5,000 1 - 2 days CAD 0.00 0.78 USD
CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace. 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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