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Pounds to Euros?
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I thought that I would exchange pounds from a previous trip to London for Euros here in the USA so that we would arrive with the local currency. The agent at Travelex at JFK airport said that I would lose more money because it would have to be done in 2 steps: pounds to dollars and then dollars to euros.Can anyone tell me if the banks in Dublin will give a better rate than at Dublin airport? I have several hundred pounds so I do want to get the best rate. Thanks for any advice.
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I've always had pretty good luck at Airports, because there is usually a couple different currency exchange businesses, it makes them compete with eachother.As long as you can convert the pounds directly to Euro it shouldn't have to be done in to steps. Guess it just depends on the company. The surcharge is what kills you.
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(06-14-2019, 02:23 AM)shadowbrain Wrote: I've always had pretty good luck at Airports, because there is usually a couple different currency exchange businesses, it makes them compete with eachother.As long as you can convert the pounds directly to Euro it shouldn't have to be done in to steps. Guess it just depends on the company. The surcharge is what kills you.

the problem with the a/port is that there's only one 'high st' bank there (bank of ireland in the arrivals area). all the rest are the usual bureaux de change which i think are a rip-off.
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jerseyretiree, when you get to ireland, go to a bank to exchange your money....as someone has already stated the bureau of exchange is a biiiiiiiiig ripoff....you used to get a good rate at the airport but not so much anymore....
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(06-14-2019, 02:24 AM)matcherelves Wrote: jerseyretiree, when you get to ireland, go to a bank to exchange your money....as someone has already stated the bureau of exchange is a biiiiiiiiig ripoff....you used to get a good rate at the airport but not so much anymore....



You are right about the airport foreign exchange being a rip off. They have to pay a lot of extra rental costs, which are passed onto the consumer. 375 gbp to usd ATM's are the way to go. Just make sure your network in the USA works here (e.g. PLUS). Most do.
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I also remember, when I used to live in Belgium, when I went to do an international bank transfer online, it asked me which currency to use. So I could actually say make a transfer for £150 from a Euros bank account. Not sure if that is the norm though.
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