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R14,017.73Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.6903 ZAR 121 Reviews Buy Now

Airmoney

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We believe that ordering foreign currency should be a simpler and more enjoyable experience. We are a start-up owned by City Forex, a company based in London which has conducted over £5 billion of foreign exchange transactions since forming in 2004. All orders are fully insured.

Airmoney

146 Leadenhall Street
London
EC3V 4QT

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 20 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Delivery by Royal Mail insured post to your home or work address. You can choose a delivery date for convenience. Free on orders over £750, under this amount a £4.99 postage charge will be applied. We also offer a free same-day courier service for London clients based in the City, the West End or Canary Wharf. No need to queue in store. We will drop your order to your desk the same day!

Click & Collect

You can also collect your currency at one of Airmoney's three London locations: 146 Leadenhall Street (EC3V 4QT), Andaz Hotel (EC2M 7PY) or 1 Fenchurch Place (EC3M 4AF). You'll need to take the card you used to pay and proof of your identity when you collect your order.

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Airmoney accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card
R13,986.60Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.6488 ZAR 157 Reviews Buy Now

NM Travel Money

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NM Travel Money are part of NoteMachine group, handling 2.5 million foreign exchange transactions each year. Opt for free next day delivery to over 160 eurochange or NM Money branches across the UK, or get your currency delivered to your home. Debit cards accepted.

NM Travel Money

Elvicta Business Park
Crickhowell
NP8 1DF

  • FCA Registered: Yes
  • FCA Authorised: Yes

Last updated 3 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Order online by 4pm and get your currency delivered by 1pm on the next working day. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day. Get free home delivery on all orders of £1,500 or more for Euros and US Dollars, and £750 or more for all other currencies. NM Travel Money don't deliver under these amounts but you can still order online and collect in store.

Click & Collect

Reserve your currency online and pick it up the next day (if ordering before 4pm) free of charge from over 175 eurochange and NM Travel Money stores nationwide.

Payment Methods

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NM Travel Money accept the following payment methods:

  • Debit Card
R13,898.33Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.5311 ZAR 1743 Reviews Buy Now

Travel FX

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Travel FX are specialist dealers in foreign currency, providing a leading alternative to Bureau de Changes for clients seeking the best exchange rates. Travel FX offer some of the best rates on the market, with free home delivery over £700 and no commission.

Travel FX

31-33 College Road
Harrow
HA1 1EJ

  • FCA Registered: No
  • FCA Authorised: No

Last updated 3 minutes ago.

Home Delivery

Delivery is free on all orders over £700, otherwise a £5.00 handling fee will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day. Saturday delivery is available for an additional charge if you contact Travel FX after placing your order. If you are ordering multiple currencies, Travel FX treat each currency as a separate order so you will have to pay a £5.00 handling fee if any of the individual currencies on your order total less than £700.

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Travel FX accept the following payment methods:

    R13,849.13Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.4655 ZAR 1839 Reviews Buy Now

    Sterling

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    With over 35 years experience in the foreign exchange sector, Sterling has established an excellent reputation for offering the best exchange rates and excellent customer service to a long standing and ever expanding clientele.

    Sterling

    105 Edgware Road
    London
    W2 2HX

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Get your currency delivered the next day if you order before 12pm Monday - Thursday. Delivery is free on all orders over £700, otherwise a £6.00 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

    Click & Collect

    You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from Sterling's London branch at 105 Edgware Road, W2 2HX. You may get a different rate in-store that the one shown here.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Sterling accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Debit and Credit Card payments will incur an additional charge of 0.29%. There is a £2,500 limit for Debit Card payments. Orders over this amount must be paid for by Bank Transfer (up to £7,500).

    R13,832.10Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.4428 ZAR 444 Reviews Buy Now

    Debenhams

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    FREE £5 off £20 spend voucher in store plus preferential rates for Debenhams Cardholders. Extra 20% free when you load your leftover currency onto a Debenhams Giftcard. Collect your currency from over 100 stores nationwide, or have it delivered to your door.

    Debenhams

    10 Brock Street
    London
    NW1 3FG

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 36 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order for home delivery within two working days. Free over £500, smaller amounts incur a £6.95 delivery fee.

    Click & Collect

    Collect the next working day at over 100 stores for euro and US dollar. 5 days notice required for other currencies.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Debenhams accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    R13,825.50Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.4340 ZAR 126 Reviews Buy Now

    ICE PLC

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    ICE offer free next day delivery on orders over £700 if ordered before 3pm. Saturday delivery available for 99p. 0% commission and no hidden costs on over 50 currencies and click and collect available from 25 locations nationwide including airport locations for convenience.

    ICE PLC

    14th Floor Portland House
    Bressenden Place
    SW1E 5BH

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order over 50 currencies for home delivery with same day despatch if ordered before 3pm. Free delivery on orders over £700. Various delivery charges apply below this amount.

    Click & Collect

    Apply for a voucher to print off and take to your chosen pick up location to get the discounted click and collect rate of the day. Pay on collection.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    ICE PLC accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Debit Card
    R13,812.15Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.4162 ZAR 8243 Reviews Buy Now

    Currency Online Group

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    Currency Online Group specialise in providing travel money and currency buy back services. We offer exclusive, enhanced currency Buyback rates to Compare Holiday Money customers that you won't find anywhere else, both services can be done either via postal service or in person at our new Waterloo Kiosk.

    Currency Online Group

    Travel Online Group Ltd. 3rd Floor Regus News Building
    3 London Bridge Street
    SE1 9SG

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Choose your delivery date and get your currency delivered to your home address for ultimate convenience. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

    Click & Collect

    You can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of Currency Online Group's collection points in central London. Their Blackheath collection point is open Monday - Friday, or you can collect from Waterloo or Greenwich 7 days a week.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Currency Online Group accept the following payment methods:

    • Debit Card
    R13,802.95Inc. $2.99 Delivery 1 GBP = 18.4776 ZAR 3500 Reviews Buy Now

    The Currency Club

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    The Currency Club's travel money service makes ordering online easy and efficient. We offer the best foreign exchange rates on global currencies, charge zero commission and offer a free delivery on every travel money transaction you make. The more you order, the better the rate you'll receive.

    The Currency Club

    PO Box 66831
    London
    W2 7TB

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order by 12pm for next working day delivery. Free on orders over £1000 and just £2.99 postage charge for smaller amounts.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    The Currency Club accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Debit and Credit Card payments will incur an additional charge of 0.29%. There is a £2,500 limit for Debit Card payments. Orders over this amount must be paid for by Bank Transfer (up to £7,500).

    R13,782.53Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.3767 ZAR 573 Reviews Buy Now

    WeSwap

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    Purchase travel cash with WeSwap, available in all major currencies at the best rates with no charge for home delivery over £750.

    WeSwap

    32-34 Gordon House Road
    London
    NW5 1LP

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Get your currency delivered the next day if you order before 1pm Monday - Thursday. Delivery is free on all orders over £750, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    WeSwap accept the following payment methods:

    • Debit Card
    R13,781.33Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.3751 ZAR 157 Reviews Buy Now

    Tesco Bank

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    Get a better exchange rate if you choose to purchase any single currency online from £800 to £2500. Order and collect your cash from over 500 Tesco stores. Free home delivery on orders of £500 or more.

    Tesco Bank

    2 South Gyle Crescent
    Edinburgh
    EH12 9FQ

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order before 2pm for next working day delivery. Free over £500, smaller amounts incur a £3.95 delivery fee.

    Click & Collect

    Collect the next working day at over 400 stores for euro and US dollar. 5 days notice required for other currencies.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Tesco Bank accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    R13,773.38Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.3645 ZAR 101 Reviews Buy Now

    eurochange

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    With over 40 years experience in selling and buying currency, nobody knows foreign exchange better than eurochange. Take advantage of great rates on over 70 currencies and use their boost your rate function to find improved rates on over 20 currencies. Order online for Click and Collect in just 60 seconds from over 175 branches, or order before 4pm for next day home delivery.

    eurochange

    PO Box 435
    Stevenage
    SG1 9GA

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 36 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order by 4pm for next working day delivery. Free postage on orders over £599 under this amount there is a delivery charge of £4.99.

    Click & Collect

    Order online and collect for free at 175 branches nationwide.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    eurochange accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    R13,722.00Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.2960 ZAR 148 Reviews Buy Now

    Sainsburys

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    Nectar card holders get better exchange rates online and can collect Nectar points on every order. Sainsbury's Bank offer over 50 foreign currencies. Order online with the option to collect your travel money from one of over 250 Sainsbury's Bank in-store Travel Money bureaux at no extra cost, or have it delivered to your home with free delivery on orders over £500.

    Sainsburys

    33 Holborn
    London
    EC1N 2HT

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order before 2pm for next working day delivery by insured post. Free on orders over £500 with a fee of £4.99 below that amount. Minimum order for home delivery is £100.

    Click & Collect

    Order online for collection at any Sainsburys Bureau de Change. Next day collection for euros and US dollars and 3 days for other currencies.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Sainsburys accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    R13,711.77Inc. $14.95 Delivery 1 GBP = 18.6542 ZAR 411 Reviews Buy Now

    Travel Money Club

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    Secure delivery via Royal Mail Special Delivery by 1pm in two business days as standard, or choose optional next business day, nominated day and Saturday delivery. Go Premium for unlimited fast and free deliveries, premium exchange rates, exclusive airport parking and hotel discounts, and a very clever app to help you save and plan.

    Travel Money Club

    146 Leadenhall Street
    London
    EC3V 4QT

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    The Travel Money Club offer two options for ordering your currency: Standard account for home delivery in two business days for a one-off delivery charge of £14.95, or Premium account for free next day delivery to home or work for £5.99 per month or £60 a year. Premium account includes preferential exchange rates, unlimited free deliveries, next business and nominated day delivery, and travel perks such as airport parking and hotel discounts.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Travel Money Club accept the following payment methods:

    • Debit Card
    R13,694.78Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.2597 ZAR 461 Reviews Buy Now

    Post Office

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    Rate sales on selected currencies including euros and US dollars throughout October. Order your travel money online with the Post Office and collect it in any Post Office branch or get it delivered to your door for free.

    Post Office

    20 Finsbury Street
    London
    EC2Y 9AQ

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order for home delivery with Royal Mail special secured delivery. Delivery is free on orders over £500 and £4.99 under that amount.

    Click & Collect

    Order online for collection at over 11,000 branches. Over 3000 are open 7 days a week. With our euro and US dollar click and collect express you can pick up in 2 hours.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Post Office accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card
    R13,641.90Free Delivery 1 GBP = 18.1892 ZAR 12 Reviews Buy Now

    forexchange

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    Forexchange, the UK Currency Exchange specialist, owned by Maccorp, the international foreign exchange multinational, is now available also for online customers. Have your currency delivered to your doorstep, or come and pick it up in one of our branches in the City of London or at Cardiff Airport

    forexchange

    Maccorp UK Ltd.
    Cardiff Airport
    CF62 3BD

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 36 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    We provide hassle free currency delivered right to your door. Order your travel money online by 1pm for next day tracked delivery right to your doorstep.

    Click & Collect

    Order online for collection at our branches at Cardiff Airport, London Victoria and Southampton Row.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    forexchange accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card

    ACE-FX

    5 London Bridge Walk
    London
    SE1 2SX

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order online for home delivery and get your currency delivered within 48 hours. A £4.99 delivery charge will apply. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive on the next working day.

    Click & Collect

    If home delivery isn't an option, you can also reserve your currency online and pick it up free of charge from one of ACE-FX's four central London branches. Euros and US dollars are available for same-day collection after 3pm, all other currencies can be collected on the next working day. Stores are open Monday to Friday, apart from Canary Wharf which is open 7 days a week.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    ACE-FX accept the following payment methods:

    • Debit Card

    Rapid Travel Money

    50 Harrowby Street
    London
    W1H 5EE

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Select your preferred delivery date from Monday to Saturday and get your currency delivered to your home. All orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is fully insured and guaranteed to arrive before 1pm. Delivery is free for all orders over £1500 (a £8.99 fee applies to orders under this amount).

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Rapid Travel Money accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Debit and Credit Card payments will incur an additional charge of 0.29%. There is a £2,500 limit for Debit Card payments. Orders over this amount must be paid for by Bank Transfer (up to £7,500).

    Covent Garden FX

    30a Jubilee Market Hall
    London
    WC2E 8BE

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 3 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order your currency online and get free home delivery if your order is over £750 (under this amount there is a £6.00 delivery charge). To qualify for next day delivery you must pay by bank transfer before 2pm on Mon-Thu. Payments after this time, or payments made by card, will be scheduled for delivery in two working days. Saturday delivery is available for a £12 charge, and a London courier service is also available.

    Click & Collect

    Don't want to wait for home delivery? No problem. Place your order online and you can collect it from Covent Garden's travel money bureau at 30a Jubilee Market Hall, WC2E 8BE. Pay now by bank transfer to guarantee today's online rate. For same day collection you must order before 1pm for euros or us dollars, and before 10am for all other currencies.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Covent Garden FX accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Debit Card

    RBS

    36 St Andrew Square
    Edinburgh
    EH2 2YB

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 5 hours ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order before 2pm for next working day delivery to your home or nearest branch, or select convenient delivery a date up to 10 days in advance. Orders over £500 are delivered free, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. Preferential exchange rates are available to Reward Silver, Reward Platinum and Reward Black account holders.

    Click & Collect

    If delivery to your home isn't an option, RBS will deliver your currency to your nearest branch so you can collect it at a convenient time. Just select Branch Collection when placing your order and follow the instructions.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    RBS accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    NatWest

    135 Bishopsgate
    London
    EC2M 3UR

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 5 hours ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order before 2pm for next working day delivery to your home or nearest branch, or select convenient delivery a date up to 10 days in advance. Orders over £500 are delivered free, otherwise a £5.00 delivery charge will apply. Preferential exchange rates are available to Reward Silver, Reward Platinum and Reward Black account holders.

    Click & Collect

    If delivery to your home isn't an option, NatWest will deliver your currency to your nearest branch so you can collect it at a convenient time. Just select Branch Collection when placing your order and follow the instructions.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    NatWest accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Barclays

    1 Churchill Place
    London
    E14 5HP

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 5 hours ago.

    Home Delivery

    Currency can be ordered for home delivery but payment must be made with a Barclays debit or credit card. Minimum order £50 with no delivery charges. Order by 1pm for next working day delivery.

    Click & Collect

    Order for collection at any Barclays Bank branch.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Barclays accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    HSBC

    8 Canada Square

    E14 5HQ

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: Yes

    Last updated 36 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    You must have an account with HSBC or Marks and Spencer Bank to order travel money with HSBC. Order online by 2pm and get your currency delivered to your home or chosen HSBC branch on the next working day. Delivery is free for all orders but there is a minimum order amount of £100.

    Click & Collect

    If you have an account with HSBC or Marks and Spencer Bank you can order your currency for next day collection at one of over 1,100 branches nationwide.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    HSBC accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Travelex

    90 York Way
    London
    N1 9AG

    • FCA Registered: Yes
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Order your travel money online, and have it delivered right to your home. Or, if you're in central London, we also offer delivery right to your office! Free on orders over £600 with delivery costs from £2.99 to £7.49 for smaller orders.

    Click & Collect

    Order online and collect from your nearest Bureau de Change in as little as 4 hours dependent on availability. Our online price promise will guarantee you the best rates.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Travelex accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)
    • Credit Card
    • Debit Card

    Whitehall FX

    3 Whitehall Trafalgar Square
    London
    SW1A 2DD

    • FCA Registered: No
    • FCA Authorised: No

    Last updated 20 minutes ago.

    Home Delivery

    Home delivery orders sent by Royal Mail insured post. Free over £750, £6.50 delivery charge under this amount.

    Click & Collect

    All orders can be collected free from Whitehall FX's Trafalgar Square branch.

    Payment Methods

    The payment method you choose determines how you are financially protected if something goes wrong.

    Whitehall FX accept the following payment methods:

    • Cash (in-store collection only)

    South African rand exchange rate over the past 90 days

    This chart shows the best South African rand exchange rate recorded at the end of each day from our panel of UK currency suppliers. For more historical rates, see our British pound to South African rand exchange rate history page.

    Get a better deal on your South African rand

    We compare the best pound to South African rand exchange rates from dozens of the UK's biggest currency suppliers including the Post Office, supermarkets, high street banks and specialist online travel money providers so you can see in an instant who is offering the top deals.

    You're currently looking at our South African rand for home delivery page, but we have range of South African rand products and services that you might also be interested in:

    South African rand Bank Transfers

    Send or receive South African rand between two accounts anywhere in the world. A specialist broker could manage the whole process for you and save you a lot of money.

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    Prepaid Currency Cards

    A secure and flexible alternative to cash. Open an account, add funds to your card and use it anywhere in South Africa or the rest of the world at the fraction of the cost of traditional UK bank cards.

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    Click & Collect South African rand

    Our unique Click & Collect service can help you to find your nearest currency supplier so you can order online and pick your currency up in-store or at the airport.

    Find a Supplier

    Currency Buy Back

    If you've returned from holiday with some leftover South African rand, exchange them back into pounds sterling at the best buy back rate. Post your currency or exchange it at your nearest store, no receipt necessary.

    Find a Buyer

    How do I buy South African rand?

    Using our comparison form at the top of the page, enter the amount of South African rand you want to buy, select your preferred payment method(s) and click 'Compare Deals'. We'll return a list of UK currency suppliers who are selling South African rand right now along with their latest exchange rates and delivery information. The results are sorted in order of who is offering the most South African rand after all fees and delivery charges have been added which means the best deals are always at the top of the table. Choose the supplier you want to order with and follow the link to their website where you can place your order with them directly.

    When is the best time to buy South African rand?

    The golden question! You can use tools like our historical South African rand rate chart to identify overall trends in the market which may help you to decide if now is a good time to buy relative to the past. You can also hedge your bets by buying half your currency now and half just before you travel. If you need to buy South African rand within the next couple of weeks, it's likely that the day-to-day changes in the exchange rate won't make a huge difference to the amount of currency you'll receive anyway, so unless you're buying tens of thousands of pounds worth our advice is to not worry about trying to perfectly time the market and instead just buy whenever is most convenient for you.

    If you have more time before you need to buy, why not sign up to our monthly newsletter where we often feature currency sales and special deals ahead of time. In any case, you can be confident that the rates we compare above are some of the best on the market and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal online or in the high street.

    Can I collect my South African rand in person?

    Yes, some currency suppliers do allow you to collect South African rand from them in person. We have a dedicated Click & Collect page where you can find the nearest supplier in your area. If you plan on collecting in person, we recommend ordering or reserving your South African rand online first on the supplier's website to guarantee the exchange rate. Some suppliers offer lower exchange rates if you walk in off the street, but you can usually order online in advance and collect your currency in store at the better online rate.

    How long does Delivery take?

    Most currency suppliers will dispatch your order on the same or next working day after they receive your payment, and all orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. However, just in case any unexpected delays crop up we recommend ordering no later than 3 working days before you are due to travel. If you've left it too late for home delivery, check out our Click & Collect page to find a local South African rand supplier near you. We cover most UK airports, so in the worst case scenario you can reserve your currency online (at the better online rate) and pick it up from the departure lounge before you fly.

    Do I have to be at home when my currency is delivered?

    No. All currency is sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. Somebody at your address will need to sign for the package but if nobody is home when the postman attempts to deliver, they'll leave a missed delivery card and you can either collect the package from your nearest sorting office or arrange for it to be re-delivered on a more convenient day.

    Can I have my South African rand sent to a different address?

    Generally, no. This is ultimately at the discretion of the currency supplier, but most suppliers will only deliver to the home address of the person paying for the currency (i.e. the card or bank account holder's address). This is for security reasons because a signature is required when the currency is delivered, and signatures from work or other addresses can be unreliable and difficult to prove.

    What happens if the package goes missing during delivery?

    All currency is sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a fully-insured and guaranteed Next Working Day service. This type of postage is more secure than standard post and is meant specifically for high-value and important items because tracking is enabled by default and a signature is required as proof of delivery. It is very rare for a Special Delivery package to go missing, but in the unlikely event that it does you will be completely reimbursed by Royal Mail for the full value of the currency and the cost of postage.

    What payment method should I use?

    The payment method you choose is important because it affects whether or not you pay any extra fees during checkout, and also whether you are financially protected in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with the supplier. We have written a more detailed guide about choosing a payment method on our blog: A guide to payment methods.

    Are there any limits on the amount of South African rand I can order?

    Most, but not all, currency suppliers have a minimum and a maximum amount you can order from them, however we automatically factor these into our comparisons so if you tell us exactly how much you want to spend we'll only return suppliers that can fulfill your request. Most suppliers also have a minimum amount that you can order from them to qualify for free home delivery; if you order less than this amount you can still get your order delivered by you'll have to pay for postage. Again, we automatically factor these charges into our comparisons so you don't need to worry about any hidden costs during checkout.

    Is ordering online safe and secure?

    All of the currency suppliers we compare use SSL encryption as standard on their ordering pages. This means that when you place an order, a secure connection is created between you and the supplier and your personal and payment details are transmitted using the same level of encryption as online banking.

    Am I financially protected if something goes wrong with the supplier?

    The level of financial protection you receive is determined by the payment method you choose. For more information see our FAQ above: What payment method should I use?

    What checks does Compare Holiday Money carry out on the listed suppliers?

    All currency suppliers are required to complete a comprehensive onboarding questionnaire before we list them on the Compare Holiday Money website. This questionnaire provides us with information on the supplier's background, financial history, directors and technical capabilities, as well as document any legal and regulatory requirements the supplier may have. Our compliance team verify the answers by cross-referencing them with various online registers such as Companies House, the Supervised Business Register and the Financial Conduct Authority, and we then make a decision as to whether to list them. Once a supplier has been listed we run regular audits to check the ongoing status and accuracy of the information provided, and if any issues are flagged up we immediately suspend the listing until the supplier corrects the issue or provides us with clarification. Despite these stringent checks, we cannot guarantee the solvency of any suppliers who appear on the Compare Holiday Money website and we urge all customers to conduct their own research before transacting with a company.

    Do I need to provide ID or other documents?

    It depends. You may need to provide some ID, typically a copy of your passport or driver's licence, depending on how much currency you are ordering. Most suppliers won't ask for ID if you're ordering less than £1,000 but most will if you're ordering £2,500 or more. If you're ordering £10,000 or more you may need to provide additional information on the source of the funds. The exact requirements vary from supplier to supplier, but they will make it clear what form(s) of ID and other documents they require before you place an order.

    Can I sell back any unused South African rand?

    Yes, we have a section of our website dedicated to currency buybacks: Exchange South African rand for pounds sterling.

    Can I send money to a bank account in South Africa instead?

    Yes, we can facilitate the transfer of currency into an overseas bank account; see our Money Transfers page for more information.

    The South African rand is the official currency of the Republic of South Africa, and one of the unofficial currencies of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Namibia and the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) whose own official currencies are pegged with the rand on a 1:1 basis. The South African rand is also widley accepted in Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The currency code is ZAR and the symbol is 'R'. The name 'rand' is derived from the ridge on which Johannesburg is built, the Witwatersrand, and where most of South Africa's gold deposits were found. The currency is issued and regulated by the South African Reserve Bank and was first introduced in 1961 as a decimal currency to replace the old South African pound, shillings and pence system.

    One South African rand can be subdivided into 100 cents, and coins are minted in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5. A special gold Krugerrand is also minted which is made with 1oz of gold and is worth approximately R30,000 (£1,180). The current (7th) series of South African rand banknotes were issued in 2018 to commemorate Nelson Mandela and places important in his life. Notes are issued in denominations of R10 (Mandela and his birthplace of Mvezo), R20 (Mandela and his home in Soweto), R50 (Mandela and the site of his capture near Howick), R100 (Mandela and his place of imprisonment at Robben Island) and R200 (Mandela and his statue at the Union Buildings).

    British citizens can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa. If you want to stay for longer than this, you'll need to apply for a visa at the South African Department of Home Affairs.

    There are strict rules in South Africa on travelling with children under 18. It recommended that you have with you a full unabridged birth certificate for each child you are travelling with, even if you are their parent. These rules are currently being revised and may change soon so we recommend checking with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you are travelling with children.