Looking for the best way to send money from the United Kingdom to family, friends or businesses in Sri Lanka (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 LKR exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of pounds you send, your recipient will receive more Sri Lanka 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? CurrencyFair can get money to your recipient in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka. 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 Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka rupees your recipient will end up with.
Many online providers can offer transfers to Sri Lanka within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to Sri Lanka:
Actual transfer times from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka can depend on several different factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.
The safest way to get your money to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka.
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 Sri Lanka, consider using a provider such as Wise (TransferWise) or CurrencyTransfer to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
To send money to Sri Lanka, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.
Muhammad is working in the United Kingdom as a software engineer and he stays in regular contact with his elderly parents back home in Sri Lanka. 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.
|Money transfer company
|1 GBP = 385.35 LKR
|1 GBP = 390.45 LKR
|Bank account deposit
|Bank account deposit
|2 - 5 working days
The money transfer company enables Muhammad to send an extra රු13,080.06, which is transferred straight to his parents' Bank of Ceylon account.
When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka, 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:
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