Send Money Abroad

We have reviewed 30 Foreign Exchange companies in order to find the best way to send money abroad. These are our top selections, per region, and for each designated use.  All recommended companies charge no fees when transferring funds abroad.

Recommendations by Location:

Nationality / Location
Top Rated Company Our Rating Min. Transfer: Local Offices? Top Features Read Review Free Quote

Send from UK




95.8% £1,000



Best Rate Guarantee World First Review


Send from EU: Germany, Italy, Spain, France



93.2% €250


France, Spain, Ireland

4 Local Offices in Europe Moneycorp Review


Send from USA or Canada

USA/ Canada



95.2% $100


Orlando, FL

Local Offices and FinCEN Approval Currencies Direct


Send From Australia




 93.4% A$ 1,000



Local Banking Facility, No Fees TorFX Review

Send from United Arab Emirates



95.2% AED 100



 Local Offices and Expertise Currencies Direct 

Send from Japan




95.8%  ¥ 1m



 Local Offices, Japanese Website World First Review  

Sending money from Singapore




95.8%  SGD 1,000



 Local Offices and Banking World First Review  

Send from Sweden, Norway, Denmark or Finland



95.2% SEK 1,500


 Scandi. Support, Translated Website Currencies Direct

Send from South Africa

South Africa


95.2% ZAR 5,000


Cape Town

Local Offices, Locally Regulated


Currencies Direct 


Send from Switzerland



93.4% CHF 100 Reliable and appeals to Swiss Clients Moneycorp Review

Send from India


95.2% INR 50,00



Local Offices, Low Minimum Currencies Direct

Send from New Zealand

New Zealand



88.8% NZ $1,000



Local Offices and Debit Processing NZForex (OFX) Review

Local Offices / Local Settlements

The most prominent factor on our overseas money transfer comparison for private clients page is the locliasation of each firm. Most companies can handle clients globally, but few companies have local offices outside of the UK (90% are headquartered there).When a certain company has local offices in any region, it is a strong signal that the sign-up process for clients from that region would be easy and comfortable, and that the support would be provided from a local employee from that office.

In addition, if a client would like to meet up in person with his trader, but the company he is dealing with do no have local offices near him, he would not be able to do so unless he travels abroad to do so. Over the past few years, companies have opened local offices in expat hubs such as UAE, Singapore, South Africa and Canada – so wherever you currently reside, you are bound to find a solution.

Most importantly, local offices translate into local payment settlements i.e. bank accounts set up in the same country that you can move your money domestically to. If you are an Australian expat living in the UK, this is how the process will look like with a company that has local settlements in both UK and Australia, eliminating on intermediary fees and recipient bank fees and allow you to know precisely how much money should be received by the recipient: 


The same would apply for many other currency corridors. If you move money from Germany to USA, choose a company which is recommended in the EU, and also has American office. If you need to swap funds between UAE and South Africa, UK to Singapore, Sweden to USA, or New Zealand to Australia – just search for companies that has offices in both locales.

For Additional Information on the topic, including examples, view our FX Companies VS Banks comparison.

Best Use Cases to Use a Currency Specialist:


Property Abroad & Mortgage

Personal Payments


Why these particular companies?

There are hundreds of companies that allow you to send money abroad. We reviewed the largest ones here on MoneyTransferComparison, and analysed the advantages and disadvantages of each. Our top companies have demonstrated consistent cheap rates, high quality support, true global reach, and user-friendliness all across their platform.

Every choice we have made, whether its for international transfers to Canada, Japan, Spain or New Zealand is backed up by a thorough research.

Experiencing trouble with any international money sending services listed on our website? Let us research into it. View our FX Case Investigation service we have recently started.


How Much Can you Save – A Comparison

With Banks – Send money to Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, USA, Australia, Canada etc. With Commercial FX- Send money to Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, USA, Australia, Canada etc.
Fixed Fees: £15-30 from UK; €15-30 from Europe; $25-50 from USA

Fixed Fees: Companies we recommend on this page incur no fixed fees.


Commission: In the UK banks are usually commission-free, while globally banks still like to charge anywhere between 0.1%-2% as commission.


 Commission: There are absolutely no commissions sending funds overseas with any of the companies we recommend.
Spreads: The difference between official currency rate and the Buy / Sell price. Represent an amount that could be anywhere between 1.5% on highly traded currencies pairs, to 5% in extreme cases. Spreads: These companies markups in comparison to the real exchange rate is far more moderate than with banks. These companies specialise at wholesale of currency, with fewer overheads than banks, and thus able to offer tighter spreads.

Grand total: If you use banks to send money abroad, you will pay up to an astonishing 7% on a small transfer, inclusive of all fees, and anywhere between 1.5%-4% on larger transfers with banks.


 Grand total: If you use a (great) commercial firm for sending money overseas, you will pay up to 1.5% on average on a small transfer. How much you will pay for larger transfer depends on the volume you are sending, and your negotiation skills. In theory, if you are sending millions regularly, it could be as low as 0.1%.
In addition to the above, you can avoid all sorts of “surprise” fees which some banks incur. The most common one is recipient fees for accepting an international wire transfer. You can avoid them easily through using companies which have local settlements in both sending and recipient countries.
Here’s how it works in practice:

John has accumulated some savings in the past few years, and like many other Britons, he decides to invest in property abroad. It will enable him to diversify his investment profile, generate some passive income, and even have a holiday home for his vacations. In addition to that, the low interest rates will enable him to fund his mortgage almost completely via rent.

The only obstacle standing between John and fulfillment of his dream investment, is transferring money overseas, without paying thousands in fees in the process.



Bad news on phone

He can’t get a straight answer on the markups he is expected to pay, especially when “market is fluctuating”. He get no guidance or support on the subject, besides being told to re-approach for a quote when the money to be moved.

There are no specific guidelines or tips which is based on John’s individual needs. For the bank, it doesn’t matter whether John needs to move money in Europe to his sister in France, buy an asset in Australia, or move his pension back from Ireland to a bank account Singapore. It’s a “one-fits-all” service by a non-trader banker.


Commercial Money Transfer Abroad


Photo from Currencies Direct office in London

Commercial money transfer firms: When approaching one of the our top-choice companies like Currencies Direct, World First, or Moneycorp  with the intent of sending money abroad in the future, John will be offered with Forward Contracts: a way to secure the current  exchange rate for a period of up to 24 months from the day of the contract.

That means, if John has set aside an amount of  exactly 105,000 Pounds and signed such a contract with either of the companies, he can focus on finding an asset within a clear budget (in Euros), without spending anything that wasn’t intended for this cause. Not only the quote will be remarkably cheaper, it will also prevent the sorrow of currency fluctuations.

Some companies, like Currency Solutions or Global Reach Partners, will allow John to make the currency exchange and transfer on an immediate basis, and save the money exchanged in the companies’ Euro account, until it has an address (for any period of time).


Not Only Money Moving….

Customer Service Representative With Headset In Call CenterJohn will be in contact with a dedicated dealer who has helped hundreds or thousands of clients invest, or move, abroad. Another set of eyes will never hurt. The dedicated dealer can give guidance on all aspects relating to the transaction, and put John in touch with solicitors, real estate agents and tax consultants (only the very best).

Expanding internationally: Whether john would to use these services in the future, he can always call his dealer and make an international payment to almost anywhere in the world. World First supports 150 currencies! John can move his rent money from France to his bank account in South Africa, to pay for a mortgage and invest in another property in New Zealand without ever going to the bank. Sarah can send money to her sister in Ireland, every 2 week, using the regular transfers mechanism.


How did you make the geographic selection?

Well, the majority of large companies we work with will take on any client as long as he passes the compliance checks, and doesn’t reside in countries that are banned for trading. Some locations, mostly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East will require a bit more documents than UK, Australia, Canada, EU, Scandinavia or Mainland Europe.

usa flagThe exception of that is the USA. Moving money overseas from the country requires the payment facility to be regulated on a state-by-state level. Many of the companies don’t handle USA-based clients at all. The companies we have selected for sending money from the USA and Canada are the ones that handle most states. 

Still, there are some variations in our company selection between different areas. Things we have put into consideration include the following:

  • Whether company is dealing with local currency
  • Whether the company has local offices in the country or nearby
  • Whether the site is translated to the local language
  • Whether we have received a clear verification from the company they have a client base in that country
  • Whether there are promotions/offers specific to a locale

For instance, our recommended company to move money from the UK is World First, which is headquartered in London, and able to move money abroad to 120 different regions including sending money to Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and many more locations. The majority of its clients are UK-based or Brits abroad, and it also offers a price rate guarantee for this audience.

 How does it work really?

Sending money to a bank through an international wire is something a licensed payment facility can do. In the UK, the regulatory authority is the HM Revenue & Customs, and the Financial Conduct Authority. We, of course, only recommended companies that are registered with the FCA. Many of which are also registered with other powerful regulators like the Australian ASIC, or the Central Bank of Ireland.

The way the process works is as following:

1. Choose a company. Get to its website by clicking on the “Get Free Quote” button. You can choose several companies if you have a large transfer, and compare the costs. You will get quoted once you provide preliminary details about your identity, and before you have completely registered with the company.

2. Register. You will have to supply documentation (quite similar to the one you provide when you open a new bank account). This is imposed by the Anti Money Laundering Act.

3. Execute. Execute the transfer via an online platform (recommended for smaller transfers of up to  £5,000), or via telephone (recommended for larger transfers).

4. Transfer funds domestically. You will now have to send the money in your local currency to a secured, segregated clients-only account, owned by the company you have chosen to work with.

5. Money exchanged and sent abroad. Most transfers will happen in up to 48 hours, and money will be executed on the same day. The amount of money received will reflect the exact quote you were provided with, unless the recipient bank decides to charge incoming funds (won’t happen in UK, EU, Australia or the USA, but can happen if you send money overseas to Asia).

It also works the other way around with repatriation of funds, of course.

Learn More About Our Choices on our comprehensive FAQ – Overseas Investment Guide


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Using our website to transfer money abroad is the largest review and comparison site in this industry. In fact, we have more than 35 companies listed on our website, and over 50 apps on app page (including our own).

Our goal is to apply to the widest audiences we can. That’s why we have a special category for expatriates and immigrants, business FX, merchants and even an eWallet comparison and travel money comparison. That’s why we have listed so many different countries on this page – because our traffic is diverse and international.

Companies appearing on this page specialise at sending money abroad for purposes like property purchases, mortgage payments, luxury item buying from abroad, paying tuition fees, etc. (These are the same companies we recommend for receiving money from abroad, of course).

Be sure to check as many reviews as possible to find the companies best tailored for your needs. Do not be hesitant of contacting multiple companies to compare between their quotes.






  1. llolyboy82

    tried moneycorp and torfx… money corp wanted a 4 pound fee… went torfx all the way and money was shippppped in 2 3 days (to canada)

    Posted on November 12, 2014
  2. Farid Zu-Naril

    hi it’s me farid we speak early on finance UK forum – you said your website gives international transfer solution – it is very good. many thanks and kind regards for your help. just to tell the story last time i changed with western union from sterling to indian rupee. 1000 sterling should be 10000 rupee all most! send money to my family in arrah (bihar) . money take 6 days to arrive, and less than 9000 rupee! i see western union everywhere in all roundabouts so i use this. now not anymore. will try this. speak to you in forum

    Posted on December 14, 2014
  3. chandra

    Hey Guys, for everyone who wants to send money abroad I use TransferWise. It’s the most convenient and cheaper way that I found. It’s the only company that gives you the same xe rate with 0,5% fee( no hidden charges likes banks do) . I was using bank to bank before always less, not the rates they display. Transferwise is started by the founders of skype and paypal. It uses peer-to-peer system, innovative way of transferring money.

    Posted on March 25, 2015
  4. Anders Montoya

    Thanks for this page. Indeed it is very important to compare not only transaction fees for international transfer, but also the exchange rates. When the amount of the transfer is large, even small difference can be significant. Trasferwise and Paysera services are the most cost effective I have came across. Paysera is more suitable for large transfers, as it has a flat rate for a transaction and you do not pay % of the transferred amount, as you do with Transferwise. I am using these services for transfers to Europe and they usually have good exchange rate.

    Posted on March 31, 2015
  5. compare

    llolyboy, we understand your position in regards to TorFX taking no fees, while MoneyCorp does. We feel these ~$5 fees make no difference to most visitors of this website. On average, people looking for FX services are likely to transfer their salary on a regular basis, or large sums of money for a one-time-off. The average saving people should get by choosing an FX company in comparison to bank would be $400-$500 on a $10,000 transfer (sometimes even more). Like we said, these $5 make no difference.

    It should be also stated that for US visitors World First charges a fee (While it doesn’t for UK visitors). That applies only to smaller transfers again, so a larger transfer would be fee free.

    Currencies Direct are taking no fees on all transfers, so you should be happy with them as well.

    Thank you for your comment!

    Posted on May 1, 2015
  6. DK

    It’s quite difficult to find a company that is willing to take on personal clients from Israel. Any recommendation?

    Posted on January 24, 2016
    • Mohammad Iqbal Hossain

      I love this.Thanks for all.

      Posted on February 7, 2016
      • compare

        Thank you for your kind reply, sir! We are very hopeful it has assisted you with your needs.

        Posted on February 8, 2016
  7. Poonpipat Puriwongwanich

    It would be good if you could have recommendation by location for Thailand.

    Posted on June 14, 2016
    • compare

      Thank you for your comment. The thing is that most FX companies are hardly able to handle clients of a Thai nationality. They would easily handle expats who reside in Thailand.

      Posted on June 14, 2016

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