Send money to China

Find the best way to transfer money from the United Kingdom to China.

Looking for the best way to send money from the United Kingdom to family, friends or businesses in China (or even to your own bank account)? Don't head straight to your British bank - turn to online money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better exchange rates and lower fees - which means for the same amount of pounds you send, the recipient will receive more renminbis.

Compare ways of sending money to China

Use our table below to compare services that send money from the UK to China. Compare the money transfer providers' fees and speeds, then click "Go to site" when you've found the best one to send your Pounds to China.

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Name Product Filter Values Pay By Fastest transfer Fee (Pay by Bank Transfer) Key benefits
OFFER
Xe
Credit card, Bank transfer
Within minutes
£2
Refer a friend and you'll each get a £25 Amazon voucher when they transfer over £1,000
OFFER
TorFX
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
Get a £50 Amazon voucher for each friend you refer who transfers £5,000 or more
Wise (TransferWise)
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
4 hours
From £3.75
OFFER
Revolut
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
Within minutes
From £0
Sign up and get a free £10 top-up plus 1 month of Revolut Premium
DISCOUNT
PassTo
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
Within minutes
From £0.99
No fees on your first 2 transfers
DISCOUNT
Remitly
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
Within minutes
From £1.49
Get £10 off your first transfer over £100 with code FINDER
Central FX
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
OFX
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
CurrencyTransfer
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
Airwallex
Bank transfer
Within minutes
£0
OFFER
VertoFX Business
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
New customers get $100 trade credit after their first transaction. T&Cs apply.
OFFER
Currencies Direct
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
Get a £50 Amazon voucher for each friend you refer who transfers £5,000 or more
CurrencyTransfer Business
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
OFFER
CurrencyFair
Bank transfer
24 hours
£2.50
New customers get unlimited fee-free transfers for their first 3 months. T&Cs apply.
TorFX Business
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
XE Business
Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
Special offer: £25 Amazon voucher when you refer a friend
OFX Business
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
Currencies Direct Business
Debit card, Bank transfer
24 hours
£0
OFFER
WorldRemit
Credit card, Debit card, Bank transfer
Within minutes
From £1.99
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
CurrencyFair Business
Bank transfer
24 hours
£2.50
Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.
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How to send money to China from the United Kingdom

Here's our simple process for sending a money transfer to China as a cash pickup or bank transfer - the two options are similar:

  1. Compare your options. Use our table above to find a money transfer provider that sends GBP to China. One may be better for cash pickups while another might be better suited to a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click Go to site.
  2. Register for an account. You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide recipient details. Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their Chinese bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter the transfer amount. Check you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Many services give the amount of Yuan Renminbi your recipient should receive, so double check this.
  5. Complete your transfer. Send your money transfer to China. Keep any reference number safe so you can track your transfer - your recipient may need it too.

If you send to a Chinese bank account, your recipient will need to wait for the funds to arrive. For a cash pick up, your Chinese recipient will need to show some form of photo ID in order to pick up the funds. It's also important that you give them the transaction reference number to streamline the process.

For larger transfer amounts, you may need to phone the agent location to ensure it has enough cash available.

Ways to send and receive money

How to decide which option is best for you to send money to China.

  • Bank deposit. Most major banks in the UK let you wire money to banks in China. However, you might get weaker exchange rates and pay higher fees all for the privilege of a slower transfer.
  • Online money transfer services. Online companies like make international money transfers to China easy with bank transfers or cell phone top ups often offered as easy delivery options.
  • Transfer agents across the UK. Many transfer providers have locations dotted all across the UK, making it easy for you to send money that can be easily picked up in similar agent locations in China.
  • Cheques and money orders. If speed is not an issue, you can always pick up an international cheque from your bank or the Royal Mail to send to China.
  • Cash pick-up. you to collect cash, even if you don't have a bank account in China.
  • Bank deposit. If you have a Chinese bank account, you can have money transferred directly into this without having to make any trips to a money transfer agent location.
  • PayPal. The Xoom app allows you to receive money from the United Kingdom onto your cell phone, into your Chinese bank account, or as a cash pick-up.
  • Cheques and money orders. Both personal cheques and money orders can be sent directly to you where you live but these tend to be the slower options.

What documents do I need to transfer money to China?

To send money from the United Kingdom to China, you'll need the following:

1. Photo identification

Most providers require a driver's licence, passport or other British government-issued ID. You can send transfers without the above but may need to give alternate ID instead.

2. Payment method

Your options depend on the provider's services. Popular methods include cash, debit or credit card payments, bank account transfers and personal cheques.

3. Recipient information

You'll need their name (matching their ID) plus contact details. If sending to a Chinese bank account, you'll need the a/c number, SWIFT and branch details.

What documents do I need to receive money in China?

To collect money in person in China, the recipient will need:

1. Transfer number

The reference number - sometimes called a PIN, MTCN or tracking number.

2. Government-issued ID

A official ID, such as a Chinese passport or driving licence.

3. The transfer amount

To know how much has been sent, usually to within 10% of the total.

4. Sender information

The sender's name and address and the country from where the money was sent.

How much does it cost to send money to China from the UK?

The cost of sending money to China from the United Kingdom depends on the exchange rate between GBP to CNY, the fees, how you want your recipient to receive your transfer and the turnaround time:

  • Exchange rates. The mid-market rate is the rate banks and transfer services use to trade between one another. It is the best rate that you can get. But not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rat so compare the exchange rate you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to China for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for a quick delivery. Companies such as offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services can offer the best value, usually getting your money to China faster and cheaper than banks.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, one provider may have a send limit of £10,000 while another may allow you to transfer up to £1 million. For smaller transfers, check the fees. For large transfers, look harder at the exchange rate. Some providers encourage large transfers with low fees.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have a Chinese bank account or is cash or cell phone top up the better option? Each transfer type will have different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers.
  • Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up while others may offer you a discount if you transfer more than a certain amount.
Looking for the best exchange rate? Discover the GBP/CNY exchange rate rates and historical changes.

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