Looking for the best way to send money from the United Kingdom to family, friends or businesses in Pakistan (or even to your own overseas bank account)?
Don't head straight to your British bank – compare specialist money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better PKR exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of pounds you send, your recipient will receive more Pakistan rupees.
Of the companies we've compared, OFX is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from £0. Need a really fast transfer? PassTo can get money to your recipient in Pakistan within minutes.
Please note: You should always refer to quotes you receive from transfer services themselves directly for exact amounts as they may vary from our estimates.
Bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to Pakistan. OFX and Remitly have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.
When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to Pakistan, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:
Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many Pakistan rupees your recipient will end up with.
Many online providers can offer transfers to Pakistan within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to Pakistan:
Actual transfer times from the United Kingdom to Pakistan can depend on several different factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.
The safest way to get your money to Pakistan is to use a provider registered with the United Kingdom's industry regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). All of the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both the United Kingdom and Pakistan.
A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.
If you need to make a sizable money transfer to Pakistan, consider using a provider such as Wise (TransferWise) or TorFX to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
To send money to Pakistan, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.
Muhammad is working in the United Kingdom as a doctor and he stays in regular contact with his elderly parents back home in Pakistan. His parents need some funds to help pay off a mortgage, so Muhammad plans to send them £2,000 from the United Kingdom.
He decides to compare a bank and a money transfer specialist to see which one can save the most money on his transaction.
|Bank||Money transfer company|
|Exchange rate||1 GBP = 354.14 PKR||1 GBP = 358.83 PKR|
|Transfer method||Bank account deposit||Bank account deposit|
|Processing time||2 - 5 working days||Next day|
|Amount received||704,733.98 PKR||716,754.65 PKR|
The money transfer company enables Muhammad to send an extra ₨12,020.67, which is transferred straight to his parents' Habib Bank Limited account.
When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from the United Kingdom to Pakistan, it's important to consider the cost, how you want your recipient to receive the funds and the turnaround time. Here are other features to review:
Compared to a month ago, the pound is stronger against the Pakistan rupee. Currently £5,000 is equivalent to ₨1,803,145.00, whereas a month ago, £5,000 was equivalent to ₨1,698,875.00. That's an increase of 6.14% over the past month.
Similarly, compared to a year ago, the pound is again stronger against the Pakistan rupee. A year ago, £5,000 was equivalent to ₨1,350,455.00. That's an increase of 33.52% over 12 months.
So based on those two quick glances back, yes, it's a relatively good time to send money to Pakistan, and your pounds will go further than they would have. But what's more important, however, is where the strength of the pound against the Pakistan rupee goes from here – which is harder to call.
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