Alternatives to Ria for international money transfers

Which money transfer companies are similar to Ria?

While Ria’s strength lies in its many cash pick-up locations, your currency may not be available or it might not be the cheapest option.

We’ve put together a list of some of the more popular alternatives to Ria below. Check them out to see if you could get lower fees and a better exchange rate elsewhere.

worldremit logo


WorldRemit operates in almost the same range of countries as Ria and also has flexible options for receiving the money.

Why pick WorldRemit instead?

  • Send up to €8,000 a day
  • Money can be sent to the recipient’s door, bank account or mobile wallet as well as to a cash pick-up location
  • Instant transfers available


  • In some countries, you can only send money to top up your recipient’s phone credit
  • Can’t send more than €8,000 at a time if paying by card

InstaReM's logo


InstaReM uses the mid-market rate for some transfers, meaning it won’t add a margin to the rate during certain trading hours for some currencies.

Why pick InstaReM instead?

  • No margin added to the exchange rate — applicable only for certain currencies and certain trading hours.
  • Transfers typically take one business day


  • Only supports transfers to a bank account
  • Can’t pay with cash or by card

ofx logo


If you want to send more money than Ria’s limit, OFX could be a good option for you.

Why pick OFX instead?

  • No maximum transfer amount
  • No fees
  • Forex tools available, such as forward contracts and limit orders


  • Adds a margin to the exchange rate
  • Only supports bank transfers
  • Recipients must have a bank account

WorldFirst logo


WorldFirst doesn’t have a maximum transfer limit, so it’s a good option if you’re looking to send a large amount of money.

Why pick WorldFirst instead?

  • No fees on your transfer
  • Same-day transfers for many popular currencies
  • No limit to how much you can send


  • Minimum transfer amount is 1,000 GBP or equivalent
  • Both you and the receiver must have a bank account
  • Can’t send to mobile wallets or cash pick-up locations
  • Adds a margin to the exchange rate

Remitly logo


Remitly offers a range of options for your receiver, including home delivery in some countries. Remitly also has an “on-time promise”, which means the company will refund your money if it doesn’t arrive on time.

Why pick Remitly instead?

  • Express option for instant transfers
  • Can pay with card and not just a bank transfer
  • Don’t need verification to send money
  • Can send to a cash pick-up location or home delivery


  • Limited currencies
  • Higher fees if you want instant transfers
  • Low daily minimum of €5,000

MoneyGram logo


MoneyGram sends money to over 200 countries and is one of the major players in the money transfer industry. If Ria doesn’t support the currency you’re after, there’s a good chance MoneyGram will.

Why pick MoneyGram instead?

  • 350,000 cash pick-up locations around the world
  • Transfers in minutes
  • Can pay by cash or in-person


  • Higher transfer fees
  • Low maximum transfer limit of €7,000
  • Adds a larger margin to the exchange rate when compared to others on this list

Still looking for other options?

If you’re still unsure, take a look at the table below. You can input how much you want to send in the calculator and you will be able to see the transfer details for some of the most popular money transfer companies.

Name Product Minimum Transfer Transfer Time Transfer Fee
XE Money Transfers - Ireland
1 day
TransferWise - Ireland
1-2 days
CurrencyFair - Ireland
1-2 days
Azimo - Global
Azimo - Global
GBP 10
1 day
TorFX International Money Transfers - Ireland
TorFX International Money Transfers - Ireland
EUR 100
1-2 days
WorldRemit - Ireland
Same day
WorldFirst - Ireland
EUR 1,000
1-4 days
OFX - Ireland
EUR 100
1-2 days
CurrencyTransfer - Ireland
CurrencyTransfer - Ireland
GBP 5,000
1-2 days
InstaRem - Ireland
EUR 200
1-2 days
Remitly - Ireland
Remitly - Ireland
1-5 days
EUR 2.99

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