Travel Money & Foreign Exchange

Before you go on holiday you need to get your travel money sorted – but do you know the best method for you? Changing your cash may seem straightforward but ordering it online, grabbing it at the airport, taking a currency card or using your credit card are just some of the options available!

Our top reasons to get your Foreign currency online:

Order online for best, locked in rates | You’ll save time at the airport | You avoid those inflated airport rates | It’s much more convenient

Currency Exchange at Birmingham Airport

It can be pretty expensive to pick up your current at the airport itself, although sometimes you just don’t have much choice! However, if you order it online beforehand and pick it up at the airport, this avoids the inflated prices but you keep the convenience of collecting it before you go!

ICE at Birmingham Airport

ICE have 5 branches throughout Birmingham Airport, making it easy to click and collect your currency. Simply head online to pick your currency, purchase it and then opt to collect it from either:

  • Before Security: Ground Floor North check in area | Open: 4am to 9pm daily
  • Before Security: Ground Floor South check in area | Open: 6am to 6pm daily
  • Before Security: Ground Floor arrivals by car hire | Open: 6am to 11pm daily
  • After Security: Within the main Departure Lounge | Open: 4am to last flight daily
  • Baggage Reclaim where the opening times vary
Ice - Currency Exchange at Birmingham Airport

Exclusive To Birmingham Airport: The ICE Escape Money Prepaid Mastercard. Simply load the card with your chosen currency and off you go! Benefit from free ATM withdrawals and no fees to pay on purchases abroad;
win-win!

Travelex at Birmingham Airport

Travelex is the world’s largest travel money provider, offering foreign exchange cash, Moneycards, international transfers and more.

However,Travelex don’t have an outlet at Birmingham airport but you can order currency online with them with great rates and get it delivered to your home. If you aren’t so keen on handling cash, why not opt for a Travel Money Card? All the same benefits, but with the added bonus of 24hr assistance, free ATM withdrawals and locked in exchange rates.

What is a Prepaid Currency Card?

There are now many of these cards available, and they work very much like a debit card. You load them up with money – either in one single currency, or sometimes you load them with sterling and are then able to use them in multiple currencies.

If you have time to order one of these cards online for delivery before you travel, it can be one of the cheapest ways to take your holiday money with you.

You will usually need to leave around 7 days for delivery of your card to your home to get the best rates, but you can sometimes purchase the cards from providers operating a bureau de change at your airport.

They are often much cheaper to use abroad than using your normal debit card, and are now offered by several different foreign exchange providers, including Travelex. Click on the image on the left to check out their Money Card.

Why choose the Post Office?

Although there is a Post Office branch in SPAR, they don’t offer currency exchange services. However, your local highstreet branch may very well do, so head to one and check out their rates. The Post Office are a really well known travel money provider in the UK and can offer home delivery of your holiday cash Monday to Saturday.

You can also go into one of their 12,500 branches to pick your currency up, but be sure to order online first to guarantee the best rates possible.

Credit and Debit Cards

Using your credit or debit card abroad can be very risky. Some credit cards offer huge fees for transactions abroad, and you may find your holiday getting very expensive very quickly!

There are some credit cards that offer great deals when they are used abroad, but if you sign up for one of these it is best to keep it for use when abroad. They can compensate for their fabulous international rates by charges large fees for use in the UK. Our number one tip with credit and debit cards is to do your research, and know exactly what the fees and charges are before going away.