How to Find a Better Exchange Rate at Darwin Airport

Heading overseas and want to need to make some currency exchange in Darwin Airport?

Make sure you read this.

We look at the different ways you can exchange your money and give you some practical tips to get more out of your money.

Currency Exchange in Darwin Airport

There are two ways you can do it:

1. Order your currency ahead of time and pick it up at the airport

This is by far, the cheapest way to buy currency at Darwin airport. The exchange rates are much better than buying it over the counter.

It's really easy:

  1. Order your currency online and choose a pick up location as Darwin Airport
  2. Pay for it using BPAY (and avoid the card fee!)
  3. Pick up your ordered currency

Please keep in mind, you'll avoid the card fee if you choose BPAY. The rate is locked in on the day you book the transaction. You can choose your pick up date but if you use BPAY, you'll need to allow at least 3 business days. Also, they offer a better rate for amounts above $2000 but have a maximum transaction size of $5000.

Order Currency

2. From a currency exchange store

You have 2 choices for currency exchange in Darwin airport.

Travelex have one store in Arrivals and one at departures on Level 1

Travel Money Oz also have a store in Arrivals on the ground floor and the first floor in departures.

Related: How to Buy Currency: Online Versus In-Store

Pre Order Currency & Pick Up at Darwin Airport

3 Tips to help you get a better rate

Plan ahead

The best exchange rates are usually online or in the city. If you plan ahead, you can compare exchange rates online or over the phone, find the best deal and arrange to either buy it in person or online (picking it up later).

Avoid the worst fees

Travelex don't charge commission over the counter however their exchange rates are considerably worse than outside Darwin airport. Online, they have a  0.8% card fee that Travelex apply to online transactions.

If you are buying currency online, choose to pay through BPAY to avoid the card fee. Please note that if you are going to use this option you need to allow 3-4 business days before your trip to allow time to pick it up in time.

Buy abroad instead?

In some cases, it is cheaper to buy your currency in the country you are going to rather than converting it before you leave. Good examples are Bali, Singapore and New Zealand (depending on where you go). Of course, it is a lot harder to find the best exchange rate when you are outside of Australia and you are running a higher risk of being scammed.

As a rule of thumb, the further away you are travelling, the less likely you'll find better exchange rates overseas. This is because the further away from Australia you go, the less common Australian notes and coins are. As a result, they are also less likely to give you a good exchange rate.

Related: Is It Cheaper to Buy Currency Abroad?