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poser
29th October 2007, 14:48
Hi all,
Going over to Switzerland for a weekend, any recommendations on where to exchange currency?

Pondlife
29th October 2007, 14:50
M & S are usually better than the highstreet banks IMO

Lucifer Box
29th October 2007, 14:51
M & S are usually better than the highstreet banks IMO
Seconded. They are normally among the most competitive.

poser
29th October 2007, 14:52
their websh*te was down wen i tried, have to try them again

Moscow Mule
29th October 2007, 14:58
Use M&S but go in with cash, don't pay by card as most banks charge you a cash advance fee for currency (even on debit cards).

Swiss Tony
29th October 2007, 15:45
I use City Forex http://www.cityforex.co.uk/

They have always been spot on for me, plus they will deliver if you are in London

poser
29th October 2007, 15:47
any suggestiond of things to do in Zurich?

or is that swiss tony the dodgy car salesman?

NotAllThere
29th October 2007, 18:56
Things to do/see in Z├╝rich - it depends on what you enjoy. Btw, credit cards are not as universally accepted as they are in the UK. If you've any Euros, you can spend those in most places - not at the best exchange rate of course!

thunderlizard
29th October 2007, 19:02
Have a comb through the t's and c's of your bank accounts and see if you've got a special offer you didn't know about.

AtW
29th October 2007, 19:15
I usually pay with gold bars - works like a charm with the Swiss.

threaded.

tim123
30th October 2007, 08:58
There is no cheap way to change folding money in developed countries.

Use your bank card in an ATM, it is *always* cheaper than a bureau(assuming you take more than 20 quid).

tim

Pondlife
30th October 2007, 09:02
There is no cheap way to change folding money in developed countries.

Use your bank card in an ATM, it is *always* cheaper than a bureau(assuming you take more than 20 quid).

tim

Eh, That's just plain tulips! You will get your banks exchange rate of the day plus a handling charge.

Surely it's cheaper to buy the currency beforehand after shopping around for rates (which is what the OP is asking).

cailin maith
30th October 2007, 09:02
I agree M&S are good...

Usually just use my bank card though - it works out best for me!

oracleslave
30th October 2007, 09:04
Eh, That's just plain tulips! You will get your banks exchange rate of the day plus a handling charge.

Surely it's cheaper to buy the currency beforehand after shopping around for rates (which is what the OP is asking).

Actually I agree with Tim. I think if you limit the number of withdrawals i.e. make them for large sums it works out significantly cheaper than paying commossion twice i.e. once before departure and a second time upon return.

poser
30th October 2007, 09:04
thanks for the money advice people, now what is recommended to do in Zurich?

Pondlife
30th October 2007, 09:06
I work on the mainland and have not found anything cheaper than buying a couple of hundred quids worth of Euros in M&S whilst doing the the weekly shop.

I would love to know a cheaper way though!

Pondlife
30th October 2007, 09:09
Actually I agree with Tim. I think if you limit the number of withdrawals i.e. make them for large sums it works out significantly cheaper than paying commossion twice i.e. once before departure and a second time upon return.

No one pays commission anymore you just get a noddy rate. This is the same rate your bank will give you when you withdraw at the ATM machine PLUS a handling charge!

I believe that natwest have an account that doesn't sting you for a handling charge but you still get the same carp rate.

The rates you get from the highstreet banks are dismay to say the least.


Edit: Plus, who returns Euros? You know you'll use them again so why bother?

oracleslave
30th October 2007, 09:12
No one pays commission anymore you just get a noddy rate. This is the same rate your bank will give you when you withdraw at the ATM machine PLUS a handling charge!

I believe that natwest have an account that doesn't sting you for a handling charge but you still get the same carp rate.

The rates you get from the highstreet banks are dismay to say the least.


Edit: Plus, who returns Euros? You know you'll use them again so why bother?

I stand corrected if thats the case.

Pondlife
30th October 2007, 09:15
I stand corrected if thats the case.

Always HTH ;)

alreadypacked
30th October 2007, 09:29
thanks for the money advice people, now what is recommended to do in Zurich?

There are a couple of English pubs in Zurich if you want to meet some English nannies. If you want to eat somewhere relaxed I like Globus on Belview down by the lake. The buzz area before I left was Hardbruck lots of bars etc.

tim123
30th October 2007, 10:21
Eh, That's just plain tulips! You will get your banks exchange rate of the day plus a handling charge.

Surely it's cheaper to buy the currency beforehand after shopping around for rates (which is what the OP is asking).


I'm not sure what Tulips are as an insult, but I suggest that you look at the bid-offer spread at a bureau. 10% is the norm, 15% not uncommon.

tim

Pondlife
30th October 2007, 10:41
I'm not sure what Tulips are as an insult, but I suggest that you look at the bid-offer spread at a bureau. 10% is the norm, 15% not uncommon.

tim


And what do you get when you use your ATM card then?

'Tulips' is a reference to the mods recent swear word filter. :D

tim123
30th October 2007, 11:18
And what do you get when you use your ATM card then?

A 2% discount on the exchange rate and a fixed fee of 2 pounds, which if you take 200 quid (which is the maximum I seem to be allowed) is another 1% for a 3% total.

By using my Nationwide account I don't get the 2 pound fee.

tim