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We found 15 travel money suppliers offering £750 worth of Swiss francs for delivery and accepting payment by debit card
You receive fr. 855.15 Exchange rate 1.1402 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
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Best Swiss franc exchange rate

The Swiss franc is one of the strongest and most stable currencies in the world, largely due to Switzerland's long-standing history of political and economic stability. Francs are one of the few currencies in the world that are still backed by physical gold - the Swiss National Bank holds vast gold reserves to support the value of the franc - which helps to keep the currency strong in times of global economic uncertainty.

If you're travelling to Switzerland, it's important to shop around and compare currency suppliers to maximise your chances of getting a good deal. We can help you to find the best Swiss franc exchange rate by comparing a wide range of UK travel money suppliers who have Swiss francs in stock and ready to order online now. Our comparisons automatically factor in all costs and commission, so all you need to do is tell us how much you want to spend and we'll show you the top suppliers who fit the bill.

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Always place your order online, even if you plan to collect your currency in person. Most supermarkets and high street currency suppliers offer better exchange rates if you order online beforehand.

Combine orders

If you're travelling with others, consider placing one large currency order instead of buying individually. Many currency suppliers offer enhanced rates that improve as you order more.

Swiss franc rate trend

Over the past 30 days, the Swiss franc rate is up 0.65% from 1.1402 on 20 Apr to 1.1476 today. This means one pound will buy more Swiss francs today than it would have a month ago. Right now, £750 is worth approximately fr. 860.70 which is fr. 5.55 more than you'd have got on 20 Apr.

These are the average Swiss franc rates taken from our panel of UK travel money providers at the end of each day. You can explore this further on our British pound to Swiss franc currency chart.

Swiss franc banknotes and coins

The Swiss franc is the official currency of Switzerland, neighbouring micro-state Liechtenstein, and the tiny exclave of Campione d'Italia in Northern Italy. The currency is often abbreviated to it's three-letter currency code CHF which stands for 'Confoederatio Helvetica Franc'. 'Confoederatio Helvetica' is the Latin name for Switzerland.

One Swiss franc (fr.) can be subdivided into 100 'rappen' (rp. - German and Romansh) or 'centimes' (ct. - French and Italian). There are five denominations of Swiss franc banknotes in frequent circulation: fr. 10, fr. 20, fr. 50, fr. 100 and fr. 200, plus a fr. 1000 note which is less-frequently used due to its high value. Swiss franc banknotes are renowned for their security features and striking, vibrant designs. The front of each note features a portrait of a famous Swiss national, such as scientist and explorer Charles-Edouard Guillaume (fr. 200) and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer (fr. 1000). The reverse side of each note depicts motifs from Switzerland's cultural or natural heritage, including musical notes, natural elements and a depiction of the universe under a magnifying glass.

Swiss franc coins are available in denominations: rp. 5, rp. 10, rp. 20, rp. 50, fr. 1, fr. 2, and fr. 5. All coins are made from cupronickel, apart from the rp. 5 coin which is made from an aluminum-bronze alloy. The edge of each coin is inscribed with the phrase 'DOMINUS PROVIDEBIT' which means 'the Lord will provide' in Latin. This phrase has been used on Swiss coins since the 19th century and is a testament to Switzerland's strong cultural and religious heritage.

Swiss franc banknote denominations
DenominationSterling equivalent
fr. 10£8.77
fr. 20£17.54
fr. 50£43.85
fr. 100£87.70
fr. 200£175.41
fr. 1000£877.04
Swiss franc coin denominations
DenominationSterling equivalent
rp. 5£0.04
rp. 10£0.09
rp. 20£0.18
rp. 50£0.44
fr. 1£0.88
fr. 2£1.75
fr. 5£4.39

Tips for saving money in Switzerland

Switzerland is known for its high cost of living and it can be an expensive holiday destination for British travellers. Here are some suggestions for how you can save money on your trip:

  • Eat like a local: Many supermarkets in Switzerland offer a discount on certain items at specific times of the day, such as fresh bread in the late evening or dairy products in the morning. If you're staying in a hotel or apartment with a kitchen, consider doing some grocery shopping and preparing your own meals. Not only is this a great way to save money, but it can also be a fun cultural experience to shop in Swiss supermarkets and cook with local ingredients.
  • Plan your itinerary: Take advantage of free activities such as hiking or exploring. Switzerland has thousands of miles of well-marked hiking trails with breathtaking scenery that are free to access, or if you fancy something a little shorter; many cities and towns have free walking tours which are a great way to learn about the local culture and history. You'll also find lots of free public parks and gardens, and many museums and galleries offer free entry on certain days or for specific exhibitions.
  • Find discount vouchers: Many tourist attractions and activities offer discount vouchers and codes that can save you money on entry fees and other perks. Look for vouchers online; sign up to newsletters and follow the social media accounts of places you're planning to visit.
  • Buy a Travel Pass: If you're planning on doing a lot of travelling around Switzerland, considering buying a Swiss Travel Pass. The Swiss Travel Pass is a travel card that provides unlimited travel on public transportation in Switzerland, including trains, buses, trams, and boats. It also offers free or discounted access to many museums and attractions across the country. The pass can be purchased online or in person at Swiss transport hubs for durations of 3-15 consecutive days, and can be used to travel to almost every destination in Switzerland. The pass also includes free travel on panoramic trains and some mountain railways and cable cars, making it a great value option for those planning to explore the country in style.
  • Use public transport: If you're heading to one of the bigger cities in Switzerland, look out for public transportation discounts such as the ZurichCARD or the Geneva Transport Card. These cards offer unlimited travel on local public transport, and they often also include discounts on museum admissions, tours, and other attractions. They can be a cost-effective way to get around and see the sights of a city.
  • Take cash: Using cash will help you to stick to a budget more easily than paying by card, and you'll also avoid foreign transaction fees. If you do take a card with you, look out for ATMs that are affiliated with your UK bank to avoid ATM fees, and if you're asked whether you want to pay in pounds or Swiss francs - always choose Swiss francs. If you pay in pounds the merchant can set their own exchange rate which won't be in your favour.