CurrencyFair international money transfers

Peer-to-peer transfers in 19 currencies, with better exchange rates and lower fees than the banks.

Quick verdict

Good for
  • Competitive exchange rates.
  • Low fees.
  • Simple and straightforward to use.
  • Plenty of positive customer reviews.
Not so great for
    • Credit card or cash transfers.
    • Urgent transfers.
    • Transfers of $50,000 or more.

Product NameCurrencyFair International Money Transfers
Min. Transfer AmountNZD 5
Max. Transfer AmountNZD 10,000,000
Transfer MethodsOnline
Transfer OptionsOne off payments
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
1 - 2 days
Customer ServicePhone, Email
Available CurrenciesAED, AUD, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, HUF, ILS, NOK, NZD, PLN, SEK, SGD, USD, ZAR
Online Transfer FeeUSD 4

CurrencyFair exchange rates and fees

CurrencyFair is a peer-to-peer currency exchange service. This means you’re able to set the exchange rate you want and then wait for it to be matched by someone looking to exchange currencies in the opposite direction. However, if there are no other customers available to match your rate, CurrencyFair will match with you instead.

There are two transfer fees you’ll need to be aware of:

  • A flat fee. This varies depending on the currency you send but is the equivalent of €3.
  • A fee calculated as a percentage of your transaction amount. If you’re matched with another customer directly, CurrencyFair charges a fee of 0.25–0.3% of your transaction amount. If CurrencyFair matches with you, this fee rises to 0.4–0.6% depending on the currency pair.

If you sign up for a CurrencyFair account through Finder though, your first five transfers are free.

Calculate how much sending money overseas would cost with CurrencyFair by using our tool below. You can also check out the real-time exchange rate CurrencyFair offers and if there are any additional fees.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.633 USD
6,328
Special offer: Pay zero fees on your first 5 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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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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Available currencies

CurrencyFair allows you to send money overseas in 19 currencies, including:

  • AUD Australian dollar
  • CAD Canadian dollar
  • GBP British pound
  • EUR Euro
  • INR Indian rupee
  • SGD Singapore dollar
  • USD US dollar
  • ZAR South African rand

You can check out the full list of supported currencies above.

What types of transfers can you make with CurrencyFair?

CurrencyFair only offers bank account transfers. If you want to send an instant cash transfer, you’ll need to consider other providers.

How long does a transfer with CurrencyFair take?

CurrencyFair transfer times depend on two factors:

  • Deposit time. The time it takes for the NZD you deposit to arrive in your CurrencyFair account is typically one to two business days.
  • Transaction time. This varies between currencies. The most common processing time is one to two business days, but some currencies (such as GBP and INR) can be sent the same day.

Transfers typically takeClock icon for transfer speed

1 - 2 days

What payment methods does CurrencyFair accept?

You can deposit funds into your CurrencyFair account using online bank transfer.

Is CurrencyFair safe to use?

  • Regulation: Not regulated in New Zealand, but regulated in Australia and Ireland.
  • Established: 2009.
  • Security: Client funds held in segregated accounts with tier 1 international banks.
  • Reviews: TrustScore of 9.4/10* from 3,200+ reviews on Trustpilot.
*According to CurrencyFair and Trustpilot on 20 May 2019.

CurrencyFair is based in Ireland and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. CurrencyFair doesn’t have a New Zealand branch, so it is not regulated here. However, its Australian branch, CurrencyFair Australia Pty Ltd, is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and listed on AUSTRAC’s Remittance Sector Register.

As part of the regulatory process, the Irish Central Bank requires CurrencyFair to maintain a minimum level of assets at all times. The company also keeps client funds in segregated accounts with major financial institutions, and requires two-factor authentication for specific actions, such as sending a transfer.

Finally, CurrencyFair claims that all customer information is stored in a secure facility which is safeguarded around the clock.

How does CurrencyFair make money?

CurrencyFair makes money by charging two fees:

  • A flat fee that applies to all transfers.
  • A fee calculated as a small percentage of your transaction amount.

How to register an account

Before you can send a transfer, you’ll need to sign up for a CurrencyFair account by completing the following steps.

How do I make an international money transfer with CurrencyFair?

You can send a transfer by completing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Internet banking account and deposit funds to your CurrencyFair account.
  2. Once the deposit has cleared, log in to your CurrencyFair account and click the “Exchange” menu.
  3. Enter the amount you wish to exchange and select the currency you want to acquire.
  4. Choose whether you want to accept the best exchange rate currently available, or set your desired rate and wait for it to be matched by other users. The former is the default and quickest option.
  5. Click “Exchange Now” to complete the currency exchange.
  6. You can then click on “Transfer Now”.
  7. Enter your recipient’s bank account details and specify the amount you want to transfer.
  8. Review the transfer fee and estimated arrival time.
  9. If you’re ready to finalise your transfer, click “Submit”.

What is CurrencyFair?

CurrencyFair is a peer-to-peer currency exchange marketplace that offers bank-beating exchange rates and fees. Founded in 2009, CurrencyFair is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, but also has offices in the UK and Australia. Since its inception, the company has exchanged more than €8 billion worth of currency.

In a nutshell

Pros:

  • Competitive exchange rates and fees. CurrencyFair claims that, on average, the cost of sending a transfer is around 0.45% of the transaction amount. This is much less than you would pay to send funds overseas using your bank.
  • Easy online transfer process. While the peer-to-peer exchange process might sound complicated at first, sending money online with CurrencyFair is simple and straightforward.
  • Mobile transfer app available. If you need to send money on the go, CurrencyFair offers a mobile transfer app for Android and Apple devices.
  • Five fee-free transfers. If you sign up for a CurrencyFair account through Finder, the first five transfers you make with CurrencyFair are free.

Cons:

  • Only supports major currencies. While CurrencyFair does support a decent range of currencies, you’ll need to look elsewhere if you want to send money overseas in a rare currency.
  • Not ideal for larger transfers. If you’re sending a large transfer, for example $50,000 or more, the average 0.45% transfer fee can start to get quite expensive.
  • No credit card or cash payment. Credit card and cash payments are not accepted.

How does CurrencyFair compare to other providers?

Check out the table below to find out how the fees and transaction times of CurrencyFair compare to those offered by a range of other international money transfer services.

Rates last updated August 23rd, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
XE Money Transfers
NZD 0
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand.
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
NZD 1
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
SendFX International Money Transfers
SendFX International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 day
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies. No fee if you transfer over AUD$10,000.
TorFX International Money Transfers
NZD 250
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Exclusive: WorldFirst International Money Transfers
NZD 2,000
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.
TransferWise International Money Transfers
NZD 1
1 - 2 days
Online
Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts.
CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
NZD 5
1 - 2 days
Online
CurrencyTransfer International Money Transfers
CurrencyTransfer International Money Transfers
NZD 10,000
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account, International Money Order
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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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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