Where's the cheapest place to get foreign currency these days? ;) - Grin with cat attached — LiveJournal
||Apr. 22nd, 2006 10:45 pm|
Where's the cheapest place to get foreign currency these days? ;)
The Post Office, I think. :)
I tend to say use your cash card here - make one or two withdrawls and just take the small hit (I'm guessing) on out-of-country banks. The AmEx office at Heathrow also tends to have good rates.
My experience with changing money in Seattle has been that it is very expensive, much more so than doing it overseas.
I'm seconding the just-take-your-atm-card recommendation. You'll defiantely get a better rate. Just draw out a big chunk at first to offset the foreign charge (you might want to look it up before you go but it's almost certainly going to be less than you'd pay at either a commission place or the difference in rates at the non-comission place.)
Thirded. You're in a nominally first-world country and you have money.
I may be underestimating ATM density in the US, but it strikes me that I might need a few bucks before I find one...
For large amounts, a casino.
But helps if your a player too.
Not in any sense that tends to get me cash...
Either take cash to the Post Office, or the bureau de change opposite Pizza Hut on Victoria St. Or for US dollars, any of the others between Victoria Stn and Victoria St.
Failing that, do it in one go anywhere that isn't an airport...
I've got about $170 hanging around, if you want some small bills?
I usually go to Marks and SPencers. But that's usually because it's the last place open, is open on Sundays, and so on, and I'm disorganised.
If you have a current account with Nationwide, they give you free ATM withdrawals worldwide. You can get cash out of an ATM machine in foreign currency with no charge and no interest rate uplift - they use the baseline VISA base exchange rate, which is as good a deal as it is possible to get without them giving you money. The first-world airports I've been to all have ATMs.