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The Low Down on Swiss Currency


Swiss franc

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Swiss National Bank

Currency symbol:

FR., CHf (franc)

Currency sub unit:

c (centime)

Bank notes:

10 FR, 20 FR, 50 FR, 100 FR, 200 FR, 1,000 FR


5, 10, 20, 50 centimes, 1 FR, 2 FR, 5 FR

The Swiss Franc is the official currency of Switzerland. It is identified by the symbols FR. or CHf. CHF stands for Confoederatio Helvetica Franc. Confoederatio is the Latin name for the Swiss Confederation. The name ‘franc’ was derived from the Latin words ‘Francorum Rex’ (King of Franks).

The Swiss Franc is not backed by Gold like many other currencies. The Swiss National Bank has the power to print any amount of Swiss currency. The Swiss currency subunits differ for each region i.e. Centime in French, Rappen in German, Centisimo in Italian and Rap in Romansh.

It is important to note when travelling to Switzerland that the country is not a member of the European Union, it is a part of the European Economic Area. As a result, it does not make use of the Euro as the official currency. The Swiss franc is however, legal tender in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Italian exclave of Campione d’Italia.

There are 4 national languages spoken in Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansh.

What to spend your franc on**:

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    A bar of authentic Swiss chocolate

    2.5 CHF *

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    A cup of cappuccino

    4.58 CHF *

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    A cheese fondue for two in a restaurant

    32 CHF *

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    Bottle of water

    3.19 CHF *

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    A 1 km taxi ride

    4 CHF *

How many Swiss franc will I need?**

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Must-sees in Switzerland

  • Geneva
  • Located on the edge of Lake Geneva and the foot of the Swiss Alps, the city of Geneva is a beautiful combination of architecture, nature, commerce and culture. From the landmark Jet d’Eau shooting water over 400 feet in the air, to the numerous luxury timepiece manufacturers based in the city, Geneva exudes sophistication.
  • Zurich
  • Switzerland’s largest city, and winner of numerous ‘quality of life’ accolades, Zurich is a financial powerhouse with a scenery to match. When making a visit, the numerous art galleries, museums and theatres are a must for any traveller.
  • Verbier
  • For those with a penchant for powder, the slopes of Verbier offer breathtaking scenery and action-packed skiing. With views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, this Alpine village offers a classic taste of Switzerland.

Buying Swiss franc online is easy

Order Swiss franc online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Swiss franc Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to Swiss Currency

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  • Are Euros accepted in Switzerland?

    The Swiss Franc is the only official currency in Switzerland. Euros are accepted in Switzerland by some merchants however they are not obligated to do so. In the case that Euros are accepted, it is likely the merchants will give you Swiss as change.

  • What Credit Cards are Accepted in Switzerland?

    Most major credit cards are accepted in Switzerland with the most popular ones being American Express, Visa and Mastercard. Some places may not accept credit cards so it can be wise to keep a small reserve of cash with you for immediate expenses such as taxies, and general city transportation, or emergencies.

Extremely helpful

Extremely helpful young man at Joondalup, who sorted out my stuff-up easily and competently. Money was promptly ready after the online transaction. Thank you


Great to be able to go back blind

Great to be able to go back blind, order what I want and then pick it up. The teller at Travelex was professional and encouraged my daughter to help count.

Grant Priestley

Quick worry free

Quick worry free

Mrs Kelli Holtham-Felini

Excellent service

Excellent service


Very easy ordered for the say I want…very easy

Very easy ordered for the say I want and picked up before boarding the plane

Joshua Bowering

Good service but I felt exposed…

Good service but I felt exposed security wise standing at a kiosk in the middle of a busy shopping center.

Ross Charles Winter

Very simple process

Very simple process, great service from Robina staff Donna. Good exchange rate.


Easy and straight forward

Easy and straight forward

Julian Wolpert

Money was waiting as ordered

Money was waiting as ordered. A quick pick-up process.

Ken Tan

Satisfied customer

Easy and convenient way to get money before travelling. Good rates as well.


The money was ready on day I asked for it.

The money was ready on the day I had requested to pickup. The cashier counted the money and it was short by 500. He got the extra 500 from the rear and recounted the amount, which now was correct. Service with a smile.


Easy order and pickup

Easy order and pickup. Thank you.

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I have been trying to load money on my…

I have been trying to load money on my card for 3 days unsuccessfully and was not helped by customer service. Today the kind customer service lady went through the form I was filling in with me on the phone and discovered the agent who initially filled in the card for me at the local agency had my name wrong. My name has two words with a space between and she put the first syllable as my middle name and the second as the last name. Using her info I am now able to load money and I am very grateful to the lady who was so patient and discovered the problem.

Jill V Es

Quick and friendly service with online…

Quick and friendly service with online ordering making the whole process a breeze.


Our flights were great with the crew…

Our flights were great with the crew being pro active with providing juices and water. The food was lovely. Our only complaint was the check in staff at Hong Kong Airport . They seemed to be late and did not seem interested in their jobs or clients. There was a long queue for economy with 1 person checking in with staff 3 staff at first class business and premium economy talking with each other instead of maybe taking 1 or 2 economy. It was more there lack of interest which stood out. I would still fly with Singapore Airlines as this did not definitely reflect the crew on board and the check in staff at all other airports were very helpful , courteous and friendly.

Debra finlayson

*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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