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Updated April 6th, 2020
Name Product Can you get cash? Do you get a free card? Can you load money on an app?
WeSwap
WeSwap has everything you need when it comes to travel money. It offers a debit card and app, or if you prefer cash you can get that too. Signing up takes a few minutes and the card arrives in 3-5 days.
Starling Bank
Starling offers a debit card and app (you can't get travel cash). Starling charges zero fees for spending abroad and the app enables you to lock the card if you lose it while you're on holiday. Also doubles up as a UK current account.
Revolut
Revolut offers a debit card which you can control from an app (you can't get travel cash). Allows you to hold multiple currencies, charges zero fees for overseas spending and doubles up as a bank account.
Caxton
Caxton's currency card allows you to hold multiple currencies in one place. You can use it worldwide and won't be charged any ATM fees. All of that can be controlled from the Caxton app.
No 1. Currency
No. 1 Currency allows you to get travel cash delivered straight to your door, or you can pick it up in store. You can also sell leftover cash back to No.1 Currency.
Currensea
Currensea allows you to link your travel money card to your everyday bank account. Get your card now and control all your spendings with the Currensea app.
Debenhams
Debenhams allows you to place your order at its website and collect it from one of its travel money bureaus.
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Prepaid cards

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Click and Collect

Many travellers find it easier to collect their cash from local stores or branches.

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Cash via post

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Have you thought about a digital bank?

It’s worth bearing in mind that while the traditional way of getting travel money is all well and good, there’s a range of digital apps that can make the process even simpler. These include Starling, Revolut and N26. If these new age solutions float your boat, you can read our guide to learn more about them.

Travellers cheques

Travellers cheques were once a widely used form of travel money, but they’re going the way of the dinosaur. You can weigh up whether they’re worth your time below:

How a travellers cheque could still work for you

  • Safe and secure. Travellers cheques are an extremely secure method to spend money overseas. They can be easily replaced if lost or stolen.

Things to keep in mind

  • Cost. You might be charged a purchase fee when you first pick up your travellers cheque.
  • Acceptance. Travellers cheques are generally accepted less often than Visa or Mastercards.
  • Ease of use. Travellers cheques can be bulky and awkward to carry. Plus, you’ll have to go to the effort of getting them cashed rather than having immediate access to your cash like you would with a card.

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    DavidFebruary 25, 2019

    Can I use my FairFX Travel Card in New Zealand?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaFebruary 27, 2019Staff

      Hi David,

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

      Yes, you can use your FairFX Travel Card in New Zealand. We do have a FairFX Travel Money review on this page. You may also read this guide as it helps you know what services does FairFX offer and what currencies you can order through FairFX.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    MasonDecember 31, 2018

    What is the best way to get Indian rupees?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaJanuary 1, 2019Staff

      Hi Mason,

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

      The best way to get Indian Rupees depends on your needs, preference, and budget. If you plan to exchange your money to Indian Rupees, you can check local currency exchange rates within your area. You can also check online and find services who may do so.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JohnDecember 31, 2018

    I will be working in France. I’m looking for a travel card to use while I’m there but also one I can top up using cash.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaJanuary 1, 2019Staff

      Hi John,

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

      Upon checking, you might want to check this page. It is our travel money guide for France. On the same page, you will also find a list of travel cards that you can use in France. Most of them allow you to top up using cash.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    ShitalApril 7, 2018

    Hi going to indian Surat at end of April want to get prepaid card. Which card be best to use at atm need to withdraw 5000 pound in two weeks. Wedding shopping

    Thanks

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaApril 8, 2018Staff

      Hi Shital,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

      I might not be able to tell you which prepaid card is the best option for you since I don’t know all your personal details and needs. However, I can help you make a better decision by providing general information.

      Please go to this page to compare prepaid travel cards. On that page, you will find prepaid cards that you can use in India. Though our table on that page does not include Indian Rupees, you can still use those cards in India as long as you see the Mastercard or Visa logo.

      To know more about their ATM fees and other charges, please click on the “Go to site” green button to be redirected to their official website.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JanMarch 9, 2018

    I will be going to MALTA this summer. Am I best to buy euros before I go or wait until I get there?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      joelmarceloMarch 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      The decision of buying/converting your money to EUR before heading to Malta would actually depend on your preference and travel plans. You may want to consider some factors before buying like the conversion rates and fees as well. We have here an article – https://www.finder.com.au/travel-money/europe on travel money guide to Europe, which you might find useful. This will also give you an idea on what card to bring in case.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    AlwenaFebruary 12, 2018

    I am travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia soon – would a 28 Degrees Mastercard be helpful for me?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaMarch 1, 2018Staff

      Hi Alwena Tomos,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

      It’s nice to know that you are preparing for your next trip.

      We currently don’t have a page on 28 Degrees Mastercard. But upon checking, the card doesn’t charge fees on overseas purchases when travelling, doing overseas purchases when shopping online, and converting international currencies.

      Please refer to this page to know more about credit cards specifically designed for overseas use.

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

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JeanNovember 15, 2017

    We (husband and me) are going to Australia for a month and wanted to open an Australian Bank Account so that all the hotels, car hire etc can be paid in local dollars. We would like to transfer X amount of £ (say about £7000) to cover our month stay to this account. When we leave if we had money left over we would transfer it to our Son who lives there at the moment and has an Australian Bank account. He can then transfer money back to us from his UK account. We just feel this would be easier than alot of payments with a UK debit card. Can we do this? I can see if we were on a working holiday we may be able to but we have ETA. visa’s. Thanks

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JudithNovember 15, 2017Staff

      Hi Jean,

      Thanks for contacting finder about your question. Yes, you may open a bank account in Australia. Non-resident accounts for tourists and visitors are offered by some Australian banks.

      You may check this page about opening a bank account for foreigners. On the other hand, you may check this page, for you to see the other list of options and read a comprehensive guide in opening a bank account in Australia. Click the links on the pages I have provided to find out more about Australian banks and what they can offer you as a non-resident. You may contact them directly to discuss what they can offer you as a non-resident.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Judith

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    MelanieOctober 25, 2017

    As I cannot buy Indian rupees in the UK, is it best to take cash & exchange it when I get there? Or is there an alternative e.g cash card. I’d rather not take debit/credit cards?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanOctober 26, 2017Staff

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for your inquiry. We understand you want some guidance on how to get rupees on your trip.

      Due to current Indian financial regulation, we can’t take rupees in or out of India. As such, tourists must buy their rupees on arrival in most instances.

      However, there may be travel prepaid cards that you allow reloading of multiple currencies that include INR. You may talk to some prospect banks and have your card request completed several days before departure. This will ensure it gets there before you go out of country.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    GERRYSeptember 17, 2017

    WHERE’S BEST TO BUY USA DOLLAR TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

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      DanielleSeptember 17, 2017

      Hi Gerry,

      Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      We don’t have a specific article listing options where you can buy them, however you may refer to this page for options that may suit your needs.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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    KFAugust 11, 2017

    What is the best currency to take to Thailand from the U.K for holiday money? Many thanks.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayAugust 11, 2017Staff

      Hi KF,

      Thanks for your question. As we are a comparison website, we may not be able to recommend a specific product to you as the best option would ultimately depend on your financial situation, travel plans, and spending habits.

      Nonetheless, the travel card that you may like to bring to Thailand is the one that can hold Thai Bhat (TBH) currency. The cards can lock in TBH are issued by Travelex and Post Office. You can find the review and details for the Travelex here and Post Office Travel Money on this page. If you’d like to apply for any of the two cards, please click on the green ‘Go to site’ button.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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