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Best places to exchange currency in Calgary

Find the best deal on Canadian dollars for your trip to Stampede City.

Finding a currency exchange in Calgary shouldn’t eat into your time spent in the city. Instead, use our list of currency exchanges in Calgary to quickly change your money for Canadian dollars and start enjoying your time without further delay. Each exchange offers something slightly different, whether that be stronger rates or lower fees.

So which foreign currency exchange is the best fit for you?

Where can I exchange my money in Calgary?

Canex Forex logo

1. Canex Forex Currency Services

You can find this kiosk at Barclay Parade near Eau Claire park, open six days a week. You can buy your currency online first, and there’s also a best rate guarantee and currency buyback program.

Calforex logo

2. Calforex Currency Service

Look for Calforex at both the CORE shopping centre and the Chinook Mall. It’s open seven days a week and offers over 100 currencies for exchange.

International Currency Exchange logo

3. International Currency Exchange

ICE has two locations, at the Calgary Market Mall and at First Canadian Centre, close to Courthouse Park. For a better deal, you can order your currencies online and pick them up in store seven days a week.


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

  • Look for the best deal online. You should compare the rates of three to four foreign exchange services before you head out the door to be sure you get the best rate.
  • Know what the market is doing. Do a quick online search on Google or Reuters to see what the mid-market rate is sitting at. This is the rate the banks trade at and you should look for an exchange rate that’s as close as possible.
  • Avoid paying with plastic. You can save money on hidden charges and poor exchange rates if you opt to pay with cash instead of card.
  • Walk away from ATMs. ATMs can be convenient but are also expensive for foreign currencies. Look for a decent kiosk to get better rates and avoid hidden charges.
  • Don’t exchange money at the airport. Airport vendors often offer even worse rates and fees than ATMs. Plan ahead by buying currency before you leave or waiting until you get to the city center.

Compare money transfer services

Our table lets you compare the services you can use to send money abroad. Compare services on transfer speeds and fees, then click Go to site when you're ready to send.
Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer) Learn More
OFX
24 hours
$0

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OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
Dunbridge Financial
Dunbridge Financial
24 hours
$0

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Dunbridge Financial offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on transfers to more than 120 countries.
CurrencyTransfer
24 hours
$0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally £5,000)

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Exclusive: Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally $5,000).
CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace.
XE
Within minutes
$3

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
WorldRemit
Within an hour
From $1.99

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WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
Wise (TransferWise)
Within an hour
From $2.26

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Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
Instarem
Within an hour
$1

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Exclusive: Use code GET60 and save $30 on each transaction over $200. Valid for the first two transactions and till 31st July 2021. T&Cs apply.
Instarem offers zero transfer fees on all transfers.
Remitly
Within minutes
From $0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers

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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.
Western Union
Within an hour
From $0

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Western Union sends money online to friends and family in 200+ countries around the world.
MoneyGram
Within an hour
From $0

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MoneyGram has fast cash pick-up transfers to more than 350,000 agent locations worldwide.
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Bottom line

If you’re visiting Calgary, hit up an exchange company in the city for the best rates on cash. And if you’re just sending money, compare transfer providers to get the best exchange rate.

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