The 5 Best Places for Currency Exchange in Brisbane

Find out how to get the best money exchange rates in Brisbane without
running around from store to store.

There are over 10 money exchange locations to buy travel money in Brisbane. Each has their own currency exchange rates which change constantly.
You also have the choice of more than 5 online currency exchange websites that offer collection or delivery in Brisbane

So which is the best place to buy foreign exchange in Brisbane?

Well, it really depends on your situation. Here are our top 5 currency exchanges in Brisbane:

  1. S Money for the best exchange rate
  2. Crown Currency for no fees
  3. Unimoni - for larger amounts over $10,000
  4. Travelex Online for Brisbane Airport
  5. Travel Money Oz for less common currencies

S Money is an online only currency exchange, so they don’t have any bricks and mortar stores. Currently available from Sydney and coming to Brisbane in 2021.If you order online, you can pick up your currency or have it delivered to your door for $19. They are the only money exchange that offer the same exchange rate seen on Google or XE but they do charge a service fee.

Location

Online. Available throughout Australia, including Brisbane

Opening Hours

4:30am - 11pm for orders Monday to Friday. 9am - 5pm for deliveries to door Monday to Friday

What they are good for

S Money sell currency at the best exchange rates for buying US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen or New Zealand Dollars up to $8500.

Crown Currency started in Queensland and still has plenty of locations across the state. While they don't have any stores in the CBD, there are 3 stores across Brisbane including Asply, Carindale and Indooroopilly. Crown Currency don’t publish their store rates and they vary depending on your location. To get a quote best call and ask to speak to one of their Brisbane stores.

Location

10 stores across the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Opening Hours

Stores vary their times and most stores are open between 10am to 2pm

What they are good for

They offer excellent service over the counter and you can usually negotiate a better rate if you are buying more than $1000 worth of foreign exchange.

When you should avoid them

While their exchange rates are very good, they still won’t match the rate seen on Google or XE. They also have a dated website that only allows you to get a quote instead of actually buying currency.

Unimoni have a number of locations across Queensland. They have both retail and wholesale currency exchange services however you cannot buy currency from their website. Like Crown Currency, they don’t show their exchange rates online. You either need to call the store on or physically walk into the store and ask for a quote.

Location

The ANZAC Square arcade has been temporarily closed and they locations in Northlakes, Chermside, Sunnybanks and Robina Town.

Opening Hours

9am to 5pm - Monday to Friday

What they are good for

Unimoni are particularly competitive for larger amounts over $10,000. You can often negotiate much better exchange rates and they have a good amount of stock for these larger transactions, particularly of the most common currencies.

When you should avoid them

If you’d prefer to order online, then Unimoni isn’t for you. They also don’t offer the best exchange rates for less traded currencies like Canadian Dollars or Vietnamese Dong.

Travelex has 1 location in the Brisbane CBD and a handful in the suburbs. You can order online and collect your currency at a store, an Australia Post office or even the airport. They also offer delivery for online orders. The exchange rates you see on the Travelex website are for online orders only. Rates in person are different from store to store but in Brisbane, the branch on Queen street, inside the HSBC may be your best option.

Location

Queen St, Brisbane and 4 other locations within Queensland

Opening Hours

Stores vary their hours but most are open from 9.30 am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

What they are good for

Travelex are a good option if you like to buy currency online and pick it up at the airport. Their online exchange rates are much better than their own stores.

When you should avoid them

While their online rates are good, the exchange rates and the airport border on criminal. Avoid buying or selling currencies at these stores in-person if you can.

Travel Money Oz used to have a few stores in the Brisbane CBD and across the suburbs. They are owned by the Flight Centre, which has shut down a lot of stores due to Covid. They have temporarily shut all stores until international travel resumes. The exchange rates you see on the Travel Money Oz website are for online orders only. Rates in person are different from store to store but in Brisbane, the store on Queen street in the Myer Centre was one of the most competitive.

Location

Online only

Opening Hours

According to their website "We cannot facilitate any foreign currency cash transactions at this time, this includes exchanging foreign currency into Australian Dollars."

What they are good for

Travel Money Oz have a good stock of currency. This means if you are looking for a less popular currency, they are more likely to have some in store.

When you should avoid them

When international travel resumes, if you are looking to buy more popular currencies like US Dollars (USD) or Euros (EUR), there are options both online and in-store with better exchange rates.

Conclusion

So while S Money may have the best exchange rates, they aren’t the best option if you prefer a bricks and mortar store. If you are heading into a store, remember to:

  • Call ahead if you can to get a quote but also make sure they have your currency in stock
  • Ask for a better rate if you are buying more than $1000
  • Compare their rates to what you can get online

Avoid getting ripped off on currency will let you spend more money on your trip!