Despite Edinburgh being the second largest city behind Glasgow in Scotland, Edinburgh Airport actually flies more passengers than Glasgow Airport does. With a growth rate of 11% in total passenger numbers between 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Airport flies over 12 Million passengers every year.
With this many passengers flying in and out of Edinburgh every year there will be a high percentage of those passengers looking to exchange currency from the Great British Pound into Foreign Travel Money for spending overseas.
At Edinburgh Airport the main Foreign Exchange Company is International Currency Exchange also known as ICE Plc which offers passengers the option to Click and Collect Travel Money from their various branches at Edinburgh Airport before departing.
However, the Click and Collect option from ICE Plc only consists of printing off or downloading a voucher from the ICE Plc website which will enable you to get a discounted exchange rate when you arrive at Edinburgh Airport. The problem with this option is that consumers are unable to fix an exchange rate before arriving at the airport and therefore until you arrive you won’t know for sure how much it will cost you and how much Travel Money you will get in return.
Typically, exchange rates at airports are always the worst as you have fewer options to compare Foreign Exchange Companies and of course less time to find a good deal as you have to go through airport security and find your boarding gate before your departure time. Foreign Exchange Companies know this and therefore typically charge a worse exchange rate than anywhere else and potentially additional commission fees on top.
How To Compare Edinburgh Airport Currency Exchange Rates…
The following example will help you find the best exchange rate for your Travel Money before leaving to travel overseas even if you leave buying your Travel Money until the last minute.
Our advice to consumers is to always buy your Travel Money in advance of at least one week before travelling to the airport. Typically online Foreign Exchange Companies will offer some of the best exchange rates with FREE Delivery included.
In order to provide a comparison from buying currency at Edinburgh Airport or even in Edinburgh itself versus online, the following example is based on exchanging 1000 GBP into Euros from Today’s Exchange Rates.
Edinburgh Airport Currency Exchange Rates – ICE Plc Sterling Euro Exchange Rate
As you can see above the Sterling Euro Exchange Rate on the ICE Plc website and Click and Collect page from today at Edinburgh Airport was 1.08. Now, if we were to exchange 1000 GBP into Euros this would get you back in return 1080 Euros.
As it mentions on the ICE Plc website that these exchange rates are Indicative Exchange Rates which means they are only an indication or guide as to what the exchange rate will be when you arrive. You will only get a discount if you present the ICE Plc voucher and from this ICE Plc will offer you the Click and Collect rate of the day and a discount from using the voucher.
Without the voucher the exchange rate could be worse and therefore you could get less Travel Money in return. This will also depend on how the Pound is performing against other currencies on the day too. For information on Historical Exchange Rates you can visit our Exchange Rate History pages to see how the Pound has been performing against all the top currencies from around the world using all the data from our Currency Exchange Suppliers.
Edinburgh Airport Currency Exchange Rates – Sterling Euro Exchange Rate Compared Online
As you can see above the best Sterling Euro Exchange Rate from today using our Euro Exchange Rate Comparison Tables was 1.1121 from Travel FX. If you were to exchange 1000 GBP into Euros you would get back in return 1112.10 Euros.
When you compare this with the ICE Plc Euro Exchange Rate at Edinburgh Airport you would get an extra 32.10 Euros by comparing and buying your Euros online and in advance for delivery to your home address. This additional Euro spending money would easily allow you to buy lunch or pay for tickets for an excursion whilst on holiday overseas.
If you are really late in buying your Travel Money and you are unable to wait for delivery to your home address then you can always use our Click and Collect Currency comparison tool which will allow you to compare the best local exchange rates based on your location.
For example, if you are in Edinburgh itself then you could look to Buy Currency locally to you before departing to Edinburgh Airport which will still work out cheaper.
How To Compare Currency Exchange Rates In Edinburgh Before Leaving For The Airport…
By using our Click and Collect Currency comparison tool you can enter your location such as a city or town name or even your post code and our system will display you all the local Foreign Exchange Companies and what the best exchange rates are within your chosen search radius.
In this case if you were in Edinburgh and you still needed Travel Money at the last minute before leaving to go to Edinburgh Airport you would be better off buying currency locally before you left.
As you can see above No1 Currency in Edinburgh offered a Sterling Euro Exchange Rate of 1.1078 today which when exchanged from 1000 GBP would give you in return 1107.80 Euros. When you compare this with the Sterling Euro Exchange Rate at Edinburgh Airport you would get an extra 27.80 Euros in your pocket. The good thing about No1 Currency is that you can place your order online which will enable you to fix your exchange rate and then you can pay and collect locally before you leave for Edinburgh Airport.
If the exchange rate was to improve by the time you go to collect your Travel Money order then the better exchange rate would be honoured for you in the store. If, however, the exchange rate was to drop then as long as you collect your online order within two days of your notification that your order is ready to collect then your online order exchange rate will be honoured ensuring that you get the best exchange rate.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Online Exchange Rates tend to be better so if you were to walk in off the street then you will not always get the same exchange rate that is online from the Foreign Exchange Company. If you are out and about you can always use our Click and Collect comparison service, place your order online and then go in store to collect to ensure you get the best exchange rates at the last minute.
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