Australia's only currency exchange using the same rate as Google or XE. Buy US dollars online for pick up or delivery to door, next business day.
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How to buy US dollars (USD)
1. Tell us how much you need
We'll round the amount to the nearest denomination available to buy.
2. Verify your ID and pay
By law, we need to make sure you’re not involved in illegal activtiy. You'll also need ID to collect.
3. Collect your currency
Pick up in store, collect locally or get your order delivered to your door with Australia Post.
The fastest way to buy American dollars online in Australia
- Same Day
- For pick up, if we've received your payment before 11am
- 2 Days
- Delivery as soon as two business days
- Pick a Day
- Choose a date for delivery that suits you
Service and delivery fees
Pick up your order and pay by bank transfer or PayID to avoid fees
It's $9 for orders under $500, $19 under $1000 and 1.9% above $1000.
Bank Transfer or PayID
Pay for your order by bank transfer or PayID without any fees.
It's a flat fee for local collection or delivery to your door with Australia Post.
Buying US Dollars (USD) in Australia
Where is the best place to buy US dollars?
If you like the reassurance of having the local currency readily available from the moment you step off the plane, you have three options to pick up the cash before you go:
- Buy the currency online and either collect it in-store or have it delivered to you.
- Collect from a currency exchange store.
- Most expensively, buy the currency at the airport.
Online money changers like S Money are often an easy and cheap way to buy USD online but it may not necessary be as quick as walking into a store. Companies like Travelex also offer a foreign exchange service online but it takes between two and five business days before the currency is ready for pick-up or delivery so you need to be organised!
Alternatively, buying your currency in-store can be a good option but it all depends on where you go. The money changers in the centre of the main cities like Sydney or Melbourne tend to be more competitive than smaller stores in the suburbs.
Only change money at the airport as a last resort. The exchange rates and fees at Australian airports are among the worst in the world so avoid it at all costs if you want to get the best bang for your buck.
Learn more: The Best Places to Buy US dollars Australia
How can you buy US dollars at the best rate?
The key to finding the best deal is to compare your options to buy US dollars in cash. Make sure that you compare not just the exchange rate, but the total cost of your currency including any service or delivery fees.
Learn more: Get the best AUD to USD exchange rate
Should you buy US dollars now or later?
As a rule of thumb, if you are buying USD with Australian dollars, you want the AUD/USD exchange rate to be as high as possible. The higher the rate, the better it is for you. It means that you will receive more American dollars for the same amount of Australian dollars.
Unfortunately there isn't a particular day of the week or time of the day that is the best time.
While it's impossible to pick the perfect time, you can set up a free rate tracker to keep an eye on the rate.
Also keep in mind that if you buy it online, it may take 2-4 business days to arrive so make sure you finalise your financial transaction at least a week before you are due to travel overseas.
How much US dollars do you need?
It’s not an easy task to figure out how much spending money to take to the USA. The United States keeps you on your toes with every American state (and sometimes even individual cities within states) imposing its own tax rates and rules.
Those rates and rules will affect everything you buy, from your Statue of Liberty souvenirs to tickets to a baseball game. In Montana, for instance, there’s no sales tax. But in Louisiana, it’s 10%.
All of that means there’s no standard budget you can apply to every state. On top of that, how much you spend will depend upon the length of time you’re away and how you prefer to travel.
So the first steps to calculating your spending money budget is to figure out:
- How long you’re staying for
- How you plan to travel
- Where you want to go
If you are confused about how much money to take to the USA for 1, 2 or 4 weeks, read our detailed review to answer all your questions.
About US Dollars
The currency used within the United States is the US dollar.
The US dollar is represented by the symbol is $ and the currency code is USD.
The banknotes are $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
The coins are 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and $1.
Where US dollars (USD) are accepted
Countries the US dollar is officially used include :
- Puerto Rico
- El Salvador
- Virgin Islands
- Timor Leste
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Marshal Islands
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We match our exchange rate with the rate show on Google or Xe. In real time.
This means you never pay over-inflated rates and can be 100% positive you are getting the most competitive exchange rate to buy your US dollars.