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If you're travelling to Switzerland soon you'll want to get the best deal on your Swiss Francs. Our free comparison service compares the best Swiss Franc rates from the biggest currency suppliers in the UK so you can see at a glance who is offering the top deals. We are currently comparing 18 suppliers selling Swiss Francs in the UK with exchange rates ranging from 1.1787 to 1.2220.
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Switzerland is a very cash-based society, and handing over a 500 CHF note just for a coffee will not raise so much as an eyebrow. In the Swiss cities it is hard to throw a stick and not hit a bank as you have the choice of the global banks such as UBS and Zurich as well as the local banks such as Kantonal. All of these will have ATM machines and many of them will be of the type where you can enter an atrium by swiping your card. You will normally pay 1-2.5% in commission if you use your UK Debit card in a Swiss ATM as well as receiving a fairly poor exchange rate.
If you intend on using Euros in Switzerland be prepared to pay a higher price as vendors will need to cover their costs in converting the currency to Swiss Francs, although if you are planning on travelling to another country in Europe then taking Euros could be an easier option. However, you could run the risk of not being able to use Euros everywhere in the country. Our advice will be to take the local currency Swiss Francs which will give you peace of mind and a better exchange rate for your money as some small ticket items such as newspapers or bottles of coke could cost double in Euros.
It is possible to pay in some shops using a chip and pin card but you really should not rely on it. There are two major supermarket chains in Switzerland: the state run Migro and Coop. Migro stores nearly always have ATM machines somewhere on the premises, but you will probably not be able to pay by card. Coop on the other hand generally does not have ATMs but are happier to accept card payments. Migro stores are graded and are awarded a number of 'M's. A one M store is little more than a convenience store whereas a three M is what we would call a superstore akin to a Tesco Extra.
Switzerland is an expensive destination to visit; easily more expensive than any of its neighbours. Our statistics show that the average Brit takes about £800 Swiss Francs with them. This is based upon orders placed between 1st of August and 31st October 2013.
If you are a British Citizen you will not need a visa to enter the country of Switzerland. The only requirement is that you will need to have a valid passport for the duration of your stay.
Over the past week the Swiss Franc has dropped by 0.41% from last Tuesday's rate of 1.227 to today's rate of 1.2220 which means £750 will buy you SF3.75 less now than it would have a week ago. During this period the best rate we recorded was 1.227 on Tuesday and the worst rate was 1.218 on Wednesday.
The 90 day outlook has seen the Swiss Franc rate increase by 1.75% from 1.201 on 26th October 2016 to 1.2220 today. Based on these figures, £750 will buy you SF15.75 more today than it would have three months ago. We recorded a high rate of 1.271 on 3rd December 2016 and a low rate of 1.188 on 29th October 2016.
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