There are plenty of online money transfer companies. So, if you need to send money to Germany, take a look at our handy advice.
We will provide you with the information to enable you to make an informed decision about which company to use when sending money to Germany
Here is what you need to know, when comparing different quotes.
Tips for picking up cash in Germany
The government advisory website SafeTravel warns against bag snatching and other types of street crime, as foreigners can be the target of theft in major German cities and tourist destinations. Travel in a group if you are concerned for your safety when picking up cash. If you are travelling solo, your hotel may be able to assist with an escort, especially if you are collecting a large sum of money.
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Banks versus money transfer companies
The table below shows the differences between overseas money transfer companies and your bank.
|Bank||Overseas cash payment company||Online money transfer company|
|Exchange rate||NZD$1 = EUR€0.5930||NZD$1 = EUR€0.5852287||NZD$1 = EUR€0.6010|
|Amount received for $1,000 NZD (in euros)||EUR€575||EUR€511.22||EUR€598|
|Transfer time||2 – 4 business days||Minutes||2 business days|
|Transfer options||Bank account deposit||Cash collection||Bank account deposit|
|Difference of (not including transfer fee)||0||EUR€(-63.78)||EUR€3 EUR|
How do I compare money transfer companies?
- Exchange rate. What rate of exchange can an international payment provider offer? All providers will let you trade New Zealand dollars and euros. Look out for best-rate guarantee offers if you are rate hunting, and also be wary of the exchange rate on no transfer fee deals. Sometimes the transfer fee is included in an inflated exchange rate margin.
- The transfer fee. The cost to send money to Germany. Some money transfer companies will waive the transfer fee if you are sending more than NZD$10,000 for example. Other providers give you first transfer free deals as a sweetener when you join.
- Transfer time. This will be based on how you pay and how you want the money collected. Cash payments are available in an instant when you pay with your card. Bank account transfers can take up to four business days to clear.
- Payment methods. Ways to pay include: debit card, credit card, cash in person and bank account deposit. Credit, debit and cash payments can clear in minutes.
- Collection options. A select number of providers have offices in Germany where cash can be collected in person. Banks and other money transfer companies all offer bank deposits as a transfer method.
- Transfer options. All providers allow you to make an on-the-spot payment to Germany. Only a handful offer additional services such as recurring payments, forward contracts and limit orders.
- Transfer limits. This may be a consideration for payments less than NZD$50-NZD$100 or more than NZD$5,000 – NZD$7,000.
- Customer service. Does the money transfer company have a New Zealand based customer service team on hand to answer any of your questions?
Use these different international payment services to send money to Germany.
You can make a payment to a German bank account at your local bank branch, via telephone banking, or you can make an online payment by logging into your internet banking facility. Enter the following information about the recipient, to send money to a German bank account.
- The recipient’s name and address
- Their account number or International Bank Account Number (IBAN)
- The overseas bank name, branch location and SWIFT code
Online money transfer company
Register for a free account to send money to Germany using one of the following online money transfer companies.
- TorFX. Send money to Germany at a bank beating exchange rate. TorFX give customers a best rate guarantee on international money transfers.
- CurrencyFair. A peer-to-peer transfer system giving you access to market rates. Send money to a German bank account for just a few euros.
- WorldFirst. Pay a flat transfer fee for transactions under NZD$10,000. WorldFirst can exchange NZD to EUR at close to the market rate.
- OFX. Pay OFX by bank deposit to send money to Germany. Minimum transfer limits make this service a better option for large payments.
- CurrencyOnline. An online money transfer company offering better rates than the banks and a range of transfer options, including forward contracts and market orders.
- CurrencySolutions. A UK-based online money transfer company, CurrencySolutions also offers a best rate guarantee on your money transfer to Germany.
- Compass Global Markets. Australian based, Compass Global Markets provide a range of FX transfer options.
- Travelex International Payments. Travelex offers a “Price Promise” guaranteeing the best overall quote. Travelex also provides different transfer options such as like regular payments.
- HiFX. HiFX provide New Zealand dollar to euro transfers for businesses and individuals. Transactions greater than NZD$10,000 are free.
- 1st Contact Forex. 1st Contact is a UK-based money transfer company with offices in Australia.
- PayPal. Low transfer fees make PayPal worth considering for small transfers. The recipient in Germany must also have a PayPal account to access the money.
- WorldRemit. WorldRemit can send money to a German bank account in up to 3 business days. Debit and credit card payments are accepted.
- TransferWise. Pay a flat transfer fee and get funds exchanged at the market rate.
- PayPal. Both the sender and the receiver must have a PayPal account to send money to Germany. A low fee approach make PayPal a popular option for small payments.
These companies can send a cash payment to Germany that your recipient can collect in just minutes.
- Western Union. Send cash to Germany in minutes.
- MoneyGram. Like Western Union, MoneyGram cash collection points include major German banks, as well as currency exchange offices and more.
Some key information for receiving an inward payment from Germany follows.
Bank account deposit
If you want money deposited in your bank account from overseas, you must provide some information about yourself, such as:
- Your name
- The bank’s name
- Your account number
- The bank’s SWIFT code
New Zealand law requires that the sender must provide:
- Their name
- Account number
- Date and country of birth
If you are going to collect a cash payment sent from Germany, make sure you take photo identification, such as a driver’s licence. You will also need to quote the reference number or unique password, which the sender should provide. If you are collecting a large payment, you may also want to call ahead to make sure there is enough cash on the premises.
PayPal is another popular online money transfer method, especially for smaller payments. Provide your email address or your phone number to the sender to receive a PayPal payment.
These options can help you get out of a tight spot.
- International cash payment. Overseas money-wire services, such as Western Union can get cash to a collection agent, such as a bank, in minutes.
- Emergency cash assistance. Visa and MasterCard can issue emergency cash from your account if you lose your card or it is stolen. An emergency cash request can take up to a day to process.
- Travel insurance benefit. For covered events, your travel insurance provider may be able to issue an emergency cash benefit. Refer to your international travel insurance product disclosure statement to see what’s covered and what isn’t.
Western Union/MoneyGram branches in Germany
Both Western Union and MoneyGram are partnered with major German and international banks. Western Union also has non-bank partners which operate for longer periods outside of business hours.
+49 228 55005555
Open Monday to Friday 9am-7pm
Open Saturday 9am-4pm
Open Monday to Sunday 8am-10pm
+49 228 55005555
Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm
Open Saturday 9.00am-12.30pm
Open all week 10:00am-8:30pm
International Exchange Intex GMBH
Open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm
Open Saturday 08am-4pm
Closed on Sunday
International Exchange Intex GMBH
Open Monday to Sunday 6am-8pm
Exchange AG Deutschland
Cologne (Koln) 50667
Open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm
Open Saturday 10am-2pm
Closed on Sundays
Tele Cafe Druckertankstelle 1453
Cologne (Koln) 50678
Open Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm
Open Sunday 11am-8pm
Follow these straightforward steps to send money to Germany.
To use your bank’s overseas wire transfer service, proceed to the international payments menu once you have logged onto internet banking. Create a new overseas beneficiary, if this is your first payment. You will also need to enter the recipient’s personal and bank account details to complete this step.
Money transfer company
You need to register an account with a money transfer company before you can send money to Germany. You need to enter the following details to register for a free account:
- Your name
- Contact telephone numbers
- Identification: You may be asked to send a photocopy of your licence or passport to verify your identity.
Once you have paid for a transfer, you will receive a reference number which allows you to track the status of your transfer. If you are sending a cash payment to Germany, your recipient will need this reference number before they can collect the money.
Make sure you compare different providers to find the best way to transfer money to Germany. If you have a question about the companies and the services listed on this page, please ask us using the form below.