Need to send an international money transfer to France? Here’s how you can find the best exchange rates and lowest fees.
Although international relations between France and New Zealand have been strained at times throughout history, the 21st century has seen a vast improvement in relations between the two countries. The All Blacks and Les Bleus have enjoyed some mighty clashes on the rugby pitch, and each country is a popular destination for tourists from the other.
If you need to send money from New Zealand to France, make sure you shop around to find a convenient and affordable transfer option.
Banks versus money transfer companies
If you’ve never sent money overseas before, you could be forgiven for thinking that your bank offers the best transfer option. But while bank transfers may be convenient, they can also be quite costly. Banks charge high transaction fees and also offer some of the worst exchange rates going around, so you should always consider looking elsewhere for a better deal.
You may very well find a better deal from a specialist money transfer company. These online providers, such as NZForex and Currency Online, regularly offer exchange rates that are far superior to those provided by the banks. Their transfer fees are typically lower as well, which all combines to create a convenient and affordable transfer solution for you.
Dan wants to send $1,000 to his brother Adam in France. Adam has spent all his holiday money trying to woo a French girl and with two weeks still remaining on his holiday, is in urgent need of extra funds. Dan is happy to send his brother the money, but rather than accept his bank’s low exchange rate he decides to compare two online money transfer companies and see which one can offer a cheaper deal.
As you can see from the table below, Dan can send an extra 9.30 EUR by using the second transfer company and also save NZD $5 in transfer fees.
|Money transfer company 1||Money transfer company 2|
|Exchange rate||1 NZD = 0.5715||1 NZD = 0.5808 EUR|
|Transfer method||Online bank account transfer||Online bank account transfer|
|Processing time||1-3 business days||1-3 business days|
|Amount received (in EUR)||571.50||580.80|
How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via France?
- Exchange rates. Shop around to find the transfer provider with the best available exchange rate, but make sure those great exchange rates don’t also come with high fees attached.
- Transfer fees. Compare transaction fees between providers to work out which one offers the best value for money.
- Transfer methods. What options are available when placing transfers: online, in a branch and/or over the phone? Can you make transfers via a smartphone app?
- Transfer options. Can you place limit orders or forward contracts to find a better exchange rate? Can you schedule regular repayments in advance?
- Transfer limits. Many transfer providers impose a minimum and maximum limit on the amount you can send each transaction. Check those limits to find out whether they suit you.
- Processing time. Some companies offer transfers in as little as a few minutes; others take several business days to complete transactions.
- Pickup options. Will the funds be deposited into your recipient’s bank account or will your beneficiary have the option of cash collection?
- Customer service. Will you be able to access customer support quickly and easily if you ever need help? What channels is it offered through and during what hours?
How do I send money to France from New Zealand?
- Specialist transfer companies. Companies like Currency Online offer this convenient service.
- Cash pickup transfer companies. Western Union and MoneyGram both offer this option.
- Bank transfers. Compare your bank’s exchange rates and fees with those available from specialist money transfer providers.
- PayPal. You could use Paypal’s international money transfer service to send funds from New Zealand to France.
- International cheques. Posting an international guaranteed cheque is an old-fashioned transfer method.
How do I receive money from France in New Zealand?
- Specialist transfer companies. Start researching to find out which companies offer transfers from France to New Zealand.
- Cash pickup transfer companies. Search online for your nearest Western Union or MoneyGram cash pickup location.
- Bank transfers. Your loved one may wish to send a transfer from their French bank account to your New Zealand bank account.
- PayPal. PayPal’s international money transfer service is a viable option for smaller transfer amounts.
- International cheques. Check the fees that will apply when you cash an international cheque.
Emergency cash transfers in France
If you need to send a cash transfer to France as quickly as possible – maybe you have a loved one who urgently needs funds to pay off an overdue debt – some companies offer transfers in as little as 10 minutes. However, before you send this type of transfer, make sure you check the exchange rate and fee you will receive. Emergency transfers tend to cost more than ordinary transactions, so read the fine print closely.
Cash pickup locations in France/ Western Union / MoneyGram branches in France
Western Union and MoneyGram both operate large international money transfer networks, with thousands of locations across France and Australia. Some cash pickup locations in Paris and Lyon are listed below – make sure you have photo ID and a transaction reference number handy when you go to collect cash.
- La Banque Postale
9 Place De L’hotel De VilleParis, 75004+33-969366050Open 8am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 11:30am Saturday
- La Banque Postale
4 Rue De MoussyParis, 75004+33-969366050Open 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, open 8am to 12pm Saturday
- La Banque Postale
5 Rue GroleeLyon, 69002+33-969366050Open 8:30am to 6:45pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm Saturday
- La Banque Postale
3 Rue Du President Edouard HerriotLyon, 69001+33-969366050Open 8am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 11:30pm Saturday
- Tabac St Michel
22 Rue Saint Andre Des ArtsParis, 7500633146330808Open 6am to 8pm seven days
- The Change Group
134 Boulevard Saint Germainparis, 750060964082470Open 9:10am to 8:50pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6:40pm Sunday
- Tabac Du Lycee
34 Rue NeuveLyon, 690020472078480Open 6:30am to 11:50pm seven days
- Le Gitana
1 Cours De La LiberteLyon, 690030478600821Open 9am to 7pm seven days
Tips for picking up cash in France
No matter where you are in the world, it’s always a good idea to exercise a few simple safety precautions when picking up cash from a transfer agent. Take a friend along with you to act as a deterrent against thieves, and make sure you only ever pick up cash in an area where you feel safe. Keep the cash hidden when in public and don’t carry it around for any longer than necessary – deposit the money in your bank account ASAP.Back to top
What are the steps to send money to France?
Although transfer methods vary between providers, you’ll typically need to do the following when you want to send an international transfer:
- Sign up for an online account. This is usually free to do and you will need to provide your name, contact details and a valid form of photo ID.
- Provide your transaction details. You’ll need to specify how much money you’re sending and in which currency. The transfer provider will also need to know where the money will be transferred and who will be receiving it.
- Finalise your transfer. The final step is to review the full cost of your transaction and place your transfer request. Many providers also offer online tracking services so you can monitor the progress of your funds.