Santander Travel Money

Santander is one of the UK's major banks, with 15 million active customers and 5.5 million mobile users as of 2018. It welcomes 1300 new online banking customers daily and has more than 800 branches across the UK.

You can buy travel money in over 70 different currencies at any Santander branch or on the bank's website.

What currencies does Santander sell?

At Santander, you can order a huge range of different currencies, as well as American Express travellers cheques in US, Canadian or Australian dollars and Japanese yen. Santander's most commonly requested currencies include:

  • Euro.
  • Swiss franc.
  • Swedish krona.
  • Australian dollar.
  • New Zealand dollar.
  • Mexican peso.
  • Hong Kong dollar.
  • Japanese yen.

How do I order Santander travel money?

Head to your local Santander branch to buy your travel money. It will take 3-4 business days to arrive, but you can expedite your order by choosing overnight delivery. Alternatively, use Santander's quick and easy online currency exchange form to request your cash. If you order more than £500 of any currency before 3pm, you'll receive it the next working day commission free.

Can I use my card and banking app abroad?

You can use your Santander debit or credit card abroad, but you may be charged a fee depending on the card you're using, the country you're in and the type of transaction you're making. Only customers with a Zero debit card will not be charged. If you're using a debit card, for example, you'll have to pay a 2.75% fee for making purchases and cash withdrawals. So, if you withdraw €100 abroad, you'll incur a transaction fee between %4 and %5. However, the exact fee changes over time, so check the Santander website to find the latest fees and compare currency exchange rates before you travel.

Feel free to use online banking to check your balance, view transactions and transfer money while you're away. You should also use this service to let Santander know if your card has been lost or stolen.

What do I need to do before I go?

Santander is always monitoring its customers' bank accounts to spot suspicious or fraudulent activity. If you're travelling to a country outside the EU, notify Santander before you leave. That way, the bank can put a notice on your account. Do this via online banking, in your local branch or by calling the Santander team on 0800 9 123 123.