How to Find a Better Exchange Rate at Perth Airport

Currency Exchange at Perth Airport

There are two ways you can change money:


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 Perth 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 Perth 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

There are heaps of options when it comes to currency exchange in Perth Airport.

In the departures section of the airport, there is a Travelex store both before and after the passport control.

For those arriving into Perth airport, Travelex have a store on Level 1 before immigration and 2 stores on the ground floor (one at baggage and one on in the pick up area)

Related: Where to Get the Best Currency Exchange Rates in the Perth CBD

Pre Order Currency & Pick Up at Perth Airport

Tips on currency exchange in Perth airport

  1. 1

    Don't wait until the day you leave

    The best exchange rates are either online or outside of Perth airport. If you are prepared, 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).
  2. 2 

    You can avoid most fees

    Travelex don't charge commission over the counter however their exchange rates are considerably worse than outside Perth 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.
  3. 3 

    Consider buying your currency abroad

    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.

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Ileana Ionescu
Content manager
With a background in business journalism, Ileana is an experienced content manager, creating content for Exiap that helps its audience make informed decisions about their finances.
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Last updated
November 2nd, 2023