TransferWise International Money Transfers

Information verified correct on January 20th, 2017

Transferwise international money transfers

Transfer money overseas and save up to 90% on the fees you would be charged by your bank.

Note: Transferwise can only send JPY and ZAR via SWIFT – customers are encouraged to contact Transferwise Customer Support so that it is enabled for them.

You’ll also enjoy other benefits:

  • Minimal fees
  • Quick and easy
  • More than £1 billion moved

How much does it cost to transfer money?

For example, if you’re transferring less than £200 from GBP to EUR, you’ll pay a £1 fee. Transfer more than that and you’ll be charged 0.5% of the transfer amount.As well as using the mid-market exchange rate, Transferwise does not slug customers with any hidden commissions or unexpected fees. There is a service fee on all transfers but this is shown upfront. You’ll be charged a nominal flat fee when transferring smaller amounts, but if your transfer exceeds a certain threshold you’ll be charged a fee of 0.5% of the transfer amount.

Transferwise foreign exchange rates

Transferwise uses the mid-market exchange rate when transferring money between countries. Also known as the interbank rate or spot rate, the mid-market rate is the mid-point between the buy and sell rates on global currency markets. This is the rate you’ll find if you do a Google search for exchange rates, not the rate that your bank will offer you when you transfer money.

Transferwise offers a best rate guarantee to all customers and promises to match any rate you find elsewhere. Transfers are conducted via a peer-to-peer system and while customers are never locked in to a particular exchange rate, they can set a rate limit.

The below rates are correct up to 21 Oct 2015. 


Minimum transfer amount and available countries

The minimum amount you can transfer is 1 of the currency you’re sending from. For example, £1, $1 or €1.

The registration and transfer process

The transfer process with Transferwise is simple to manage. 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. 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 one to four working days.

Why choose Transferwise?

Transferwise offers a cheap and affordable way to send money overseas. Instead of struggling with the high fees charged by banks, some of which amount to a massive 5% of the funds you are transferring, Transferwise offers either a nominal flat fee or a 0.5% fee. The structure of any charges is fully explained upfront so there are no unwelcome surprises.

Using the mid-market exchange rate enables Transferwise to offer great rates to its customers. It’s quick and easy to transfer money, and the whole process is designed to be as user-friendly as possible.

What are the pros and cons of an international money transfer with Transferwise?

The pros

  • Minimal fees. You’ll be charged either a nominal flat fee or of your transfer amount. All fees are explained upfront so you know exactly how much your transfer will cost.
  • Exchange rate. Transferwise uses the mid-market exchange rate to give customers the best possible deal.
  • Simple. Transferring money overseas with Transferwise is quick and easy.

The cons

  • Not all currencies supported. As Transferwise is still a reasonably new company, a number of currencies around the world are not yet supported.

Frequently asked questions

Also known as the spot rate or the interbank rate, this is the mid-point between the buy and sell rates on global currency markets.

This depends on the amount you send. Below a certain threshold, you’ll have to pay a small fee, such as a €1 fee if you send less than €200. Above that threshold, a fee of 0.5% of the amount you are transferring will apply.

Your money should arrive to your nominated recipient within one to four business days.

A bit about the history of Transferwise

In 2011, Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann were two Estonian expats living in London. Though he lived in London, Taavet was getting paid in Euros for work he’d done in Estonia. Meanwhile, Kristo lived in London but had a mortgage in Euros back in Estonia. Frustrated by hidden bank fees and fluctuating global currencies, the two friends devised a scheme to transfer funds overseas without losing any of their money. From these humble beginnings, Transferwise was created.

Rates last updated January 20th, 2017

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