Barclays exchange rates: What you need to know

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Barclays offers a convenient way to buy a multitude of different currencies. However, foreign exchange rates represent a major pricing point and there is often little clarity around them. We researched Barclays’ travel money exchange rates to provide you a table showcasing their currency rate spread. Hopefully we can help you save money on your holidays.

Barclays exchange rates: Information and tips

Know the latest interbank exchange rate for your currency pairs

The interbank rate (also called mid-market rate) is the midpoint between the buy price and sell price of two currencies on the currency markets. Barclays does not offer the interbank rate but instead adds a margin to it, which makes the foreign currency transaction more expensive for you. Before using Barclays for your travel money needs, make sure to know the current interbank exchange rate. That way, you’ll be able to calculate FX losses on the currency conversion. You can find the latest interbank rates using our currency converter.

How to calculate exchange rate loss

Here’s what you need to do in order to determine how much Barclays’ travel money exchange rate spread is going to cost you:

  1. Find the current interbank rate for your currencies using our currency converter
  2. Multiply your original amount by the current interbank rate
  3. Multiply your original amount by the exchange rate Barclays offers
  4. Subtract the first amount from the second amount
  5. This is the amount you’ll lose through currency conversion with Barclays

Order your currency online and in advance

Ordering your foreign currency before your trip allows you to compare with rates and fees of other providers. Ordering it online also is usually much cheaper than buying currency at the airport or on arrival to your holiday destination. Make sure to always compare exchange rates before finalising an order.

For the best exchange rates, we highly recommend TransferWise. Enjoy your first transfer for free on transfers up to £500.

Barclays exchange rate research

The exchange rate spreads below are for ordering foreign currency online. Rates on other services might differ. Those exchange rate margins are indicative at the time of research. Use the Barclays currency converter or visit the nearest branch to get the latest rates.

Currency ISO Code Exchange Rate Mid-Market Rate Exchange Rate Margin / Loss
U.S. Dollar USD 1.2391 1.30292 4.90%
Australian Dollar AUD 1.693 1.80158 6.03%
Canadian Dollar CAD 1.6047 1.70236 5.74%
Euro EUR 1.0754 1.14007 5.67%
Bahraini Dinar BHD 0.466 0.4899 4.88%
Barbadian Dollar BBD 2.3778 2.59543 8.39%
Brunei Dollar BND 1.6403 1.78972 8.35%
Bulgarian Lev BGN 2.0167 2.22978 9.56%
Cayman Islands Dollar KYD 0.9845 1.0684 7.85%
Chilean Peso CLP 789.9958 889.9643 11.23%
Chinese Renminbi CNY 8.1362 8.94238 9.02%
Costa Rican Colon CRC 700.9895 800.1871 12.40%
Croatian Kuna HRK 7.6847 8.47124 9.28%
Czech Koruna CZK 26.7569 29.43142 9.09%
Danish Krone DKK 8.0758 8.50235 5.02%
East Caribbean Dollar XCD 3.1868 3.52111 9.49%
Fijian Dollar FJD 2.48 2.77469 10.62%
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 9.68 10.20848 5.15%
Hungarian Forint HUF 330.5728 366.6338 9.84%
Icelandic Króna ISK 144.4492 157.473 8.27%
Indonesian Rupiah IDR 17894.94 19478.42 8.13%
Israeli New Sheqel ILS 4.45 4.80622 7.33%
Japanese Yen JPY 140.0366 146.9131 4.68%
Jordanian Dinar JOD 0.8506 0.92008 7.55%
Kenyan Shilling KES 121.8412 131.5337 7.37%
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 0.37 0.39565 6.48%
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 5.12 5.42867 5.69%
Mauritian Rupee MUR 40.90 45.60166 10.32%
Mexican Peso MXN 23.5501 25.99167 9.39%
New Taiwan Dollar TWD 36.28 39.77956 8.80%
New Zealand Dollar NZD 1.83 1.95368 6.18%
Norwegian Krone NOK 10.2762 10.86575 5.43%
Omani Rial OMR 0.4713 0.50097 5.92%
Peruvian Nuevo Sol PEN 3.8497 4.39262 12.36%
Philippine Peso PHP 63.41 68.98174 8.08%
Polish Zloty PLN 4.4931 4.92654 8.80%
Qatari Riyal QAR 4.38 4.74264 7.65%
Russian Ruble RUB 76.79 86.78876 11.52%
Saudi Riyal SAR 4.61 4.86643 5.26%
Singapore Dollar SGD 1.68 1.78972 6.13%
South African Rand ZAR 17.4541 18.56328 5.98%
South Korean Won KRW 1,322.20 1457.357 9.27%
Swedish Krona SEK 11.1792 11.76072 4.94%
Swiss Franc CHF 1.24 1.30163 4.73%
Thai Baht THB 39.19 42.79608 8.43%
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar TTD 7.6325 8.79073 13.18%
Turkish New Lira TRY 6.7053 7.12388 5.88%
UAE Dirham AED 4.4938 4.76586 5.71%

Barclays' exchange rate was collected from Barclays' website on 04/11/2018. Interbank rates collected from on 04/11/2018. The information displayed on this site is subject to change at any time and we do not guarantee 100% accuracy of the information.
For the today’s rates, visit Barclays' website, contact Barclays' customer support or log into your online banking and search for their exchange rate calculator. is not liable for any financial decisions based on the above information. is supported by referral compensations by some of the companies listed in our articles.


  1. Sharron Lamb on November 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi. we want to do a transfer to our Spanish lawyer for 100,000. Could you tell me how much in euros he would get after all fees paid out please

    • Nabil on November 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hi Sharron,

      That would depend on a couple of questions:
      – What currency is the bank account you are transferring from? (e.g. are you transferring from GBP to EUR, or EUR to EUR?)
      – Are you currently using Barclays as your bank?

      Please let us know the above,

  2. Francesca Antonioni on January 30, 2020 at 11:25 am

    hi would it be possible to please let me know if I transfer to my Barclays account €153000 and then ask for it to be converted into USD, how much in USD would I get having deducted your commission? Thanks

    • Nabil on January 30, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Hi Francesca,

      We don’t perform any currency conversion ourselves, rather we inform users of where to get great rates for their exchanges.

      I would highly recommend you take a look at TransferWise, they offer extremely competitive rates, of which they are most often the best value for money.

      An example using their calculator:
      Sending €153,000 would get you $167,919.85. This is after their small 0.38% fee, using the current market exchange rate. This should be available for you guaranteed for the next 96 hours.

      Click here to take a look, happy to answer any more questions for you, best of luck!

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