How to send money to Bangladesh

Find cheap and fast transfers to send money to Bangladesh for pickup or deposit.


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Remittances contribute significantly to Bangladesh’s economy, according to the World Bank, fuelled by the more than 10 million migrant workers who send their hard-earned money back home to friends and family. If you’re planning to send money to Bangladesh and want to get as many takas as possible into the hands of your loved ones, look beyond traditional banks to digital money specialists. You’ll find they offer the strongest rates and lowest fees on your next transfer.

Compare services that send money to Bangladesh from the UK

Table: sorted by a combination of service offering and the amount your recipient will receive

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
GBP 1 Same day GBP 0.00 108.86 BDT
Whatever amount you transfer, XE will not charge you a fee for using their service. Go to site Show details
GBP 1 1 - 2 days GBP 1.99 108.012 BDT
Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Quick, affordable transfers around the world with both express and economy options.
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GBP 50 Same day GBP 2.99 108.341 BDT
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
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GBP 10 Within an hour GBP 2.00 108.855 BDT
First two transfers free for new customers.
Instant or 1 hour transfers to over 50 countries, send money directly to bank accounts or over 280,000 cash pickup points.
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Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

How to send money to Bangladesh online

Sign up and send money to Bangladesh with a digital money transfer specialist in four steps:

  1. Sign up for an account. Use our site to narrow down a money specialist offering the best rate and lowest fees to send money to Bangladesh. Create an online account with your name, contact information and proof of valid ID.
  2. Provide your transfer details. Submit your recipient’s name, address and contact information, and choose your preferred method of delivery. Depending on the transfer method, you may also need their Bangladeshi bank account information.
  3. Pick an amount. Indicate how much you want to transfer, and confirm the exchange rate and any fees before completing your transaction.
  4. Save your receipt. Hold on to your confirmation details to monitor the progress of your transfer.

Crunching the numbers: Sending £1,000 to Bangladesh

Let’s say you want to send £1,000 to family in Bangladesh. Here’s a comparison between a bank and money transfer specialists offering cash pickups and bank deposits. This table uses real fees and exchange rates and is current as of 11 April 2020.

Bank transferCash pickupMoney transfer service
Fee£30 + bank fees£12£2
Exchange rate1 GBP = 102.43 BDT1 GBP = 105.85 BDT1 GBP = 105.46 BDT
Transfer speed2-4 daysMinutesSame day
Amount receivedBDT 101,462BDT 104,545BDT 105,257
  • Slowest and most expensive
  • Fastest
  • Best value

The bank ends up being both the slowest and most expensive way to send money to Bangladesh, resulting in the least amount of money delivered among the three. The cash transfer specialist is the fastest, but the money transfer service provides the best value, delivering some 3,795 more takas to your loved ones.

How to compare transfer companies that send money to Bangladesh

Weigh costs and fees against convenience to find the best money transfer specialist for your needs to send money to Bangladesh:

  • Exchange rates. Look for a provider that offers a strong rate with low markup on the mid-market rate. And note that your strongest rate may require a minimal transfer fee.
  • Transfer fees. Most companies charge fees for the convenience of a money transfer. But many reduce fees or waive them altogether for larger amounts.
  • Transfer method. Depending on the company you choose to send money to Bangladesh, you may be able to initiate a transfer online, over the phone and by visiting a branch.
  • Turnaround time. Some companies take up to five business days to process transfers, while others make funds available to your recipient within minutes for an additional fee.
  • Pickup methods. Is the transaction managed completely online with funds delivered straight to your recipient’s bank account, or can they visit an agent location and pick up cash in person?
  • Minimum transfer amounts. Make sure the amount you’re sending is supported by the companies you compare.
  • Customer service options. Are phone and email customer support available? Can you reach out for help through online live chat? Also check when these services are available to make sure you can access help whenever you need to send money to Bangladesh.
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Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another country’s currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weak currency. Bangladesh’s exchange rate is flexible, which means it can change from moment to moment. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.

If you need to send money to Bangladesh you can track how the Bangladeshi taka trades against the pound sterling in our historical rate chart.

Updated: 30 Sep 2020 19:30:01 UTC

Options to send money to Bangladesh from the UK

  • Bank transfers. Send money direct from your bank account to an account in Bangladesh.
  • Money transfer providers. Online providers like TransferWise and WorldRemit can help you transfer money quickly and easily.
  • Money transfer company with cash pickup. Providers like MoneyGram and Western Union allow you to send money to Bangladesh online, over the phone or from an agent location. Those funds can then be picked up over there as cash from an agent.
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Tips for picking up cash

Advise your recipients to practice caution when picking up cash:

  • Keep your money hidden until safely deposited in a bank account.
  • Avoid questionable parts of town when carrying cash.
  • Bring a friend along to provide an extra set of eyes, especially if you’re picking up a large number of takas.

Emergency cash transfers

Some situations in life require sending money quickly. If you need to send money to Bangladesh as an emergency, expect to pay a fee extra to expedite delivery. Confirm the exchange rate and fees you’ll pay to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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    TanjinaMarch 2, 2019

    I am from Bangladesh. I am still a student. I have some student account, but no business or personal account. One friend of mine from the UK wants to send me some money. How to do this? Is it possible to transfer money from the UK to Bangladesh by bKash? I have a bKash account under mom’s name. But most importantly, my friend is a UK citizen, a native English. Please, give me some suggestion.

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      JoshuaMarch 5, 2019Staff

      Hi Tanjina,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      It is possible for your friend in the UK to send money to your bKash account provided that the money transfer service company he/she uses an authorized or partner company of bKash. As of this time, we don’t have a list of specific companies that are partnered with bKash. However, you can still ask your friend to use any of the companies listed above such as TransferWise and Azimo. Simply click on the “Go to site” green button and from there, your friend will know whether these companies can send through bKash.

      Of course, you also have the option to use other means of receiving the money. That way, your sender would have other options when sending you money.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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    JonyMarch 15, 2017

    I have A Bangladeshi local Bank account And Have SWIFT code But not have IBAN number,When i go to Bank and tell them to generate this IBAN number they told me,Its not possible to generate IBAN number in Bangladesh Bank account and also tell me that, no need to received money to abroad an IBAN number,They give me My Account number And Bank name adress and Bank SWIFT code.So Is it possible to received money in my that bank account to international wire transfer.Thank you.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MillieMarch 16, 2017Staff

      If you are transferring funds to a Bangladeshi bank account, you’ll need to provide the recipient’s name, account number, the bank’s name and SWIFT code. If you refer to our page on sending money to Bangladesh you can get in touch with RationalFX or Azimo, who offer wire transfers to Bangladesh, to find out if you would need to provide an IBAN number or any further information.

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    MahiFebruary 14, 2017

    I don’t bank account or VISA/ MASTER/ DBBL Nexus/ AMEX Card.Can i pay by cash or mobile phone?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MillieMarch 3, 2017Staff

      Yes some providers allow you to make cash transfers. We would recommend you use either Western Union or MoneyGram to transfer cash to Bangladesh. Both these providers have cash pickup locations in Dhaka and Chittagong.

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