The Low Down on British Currency


pound sterling

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of England

Currency symbol:

£ (pound)

Currency sub unit:

p (penny, pence)



Bank notes:

£5, £10, £20, £50


1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2

The British Pounds is the 4th most traded currency in the world. It was first circulated in it's current decimal form in 1968.

The most commonly used bills for British Pounds are the £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100 notes. The most commonly used coins are the .01, .02, .05, .10, .20, .50, £1 and £2.

What to spend your pounds on:

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    Entry to Westminster Abbey

    20 Pounds *

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    Pint of beer

    4 Pounds *

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    Fish and chips

    5 Pounds *

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    Postcard and a stamp

    1.5 Pounds *

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    3-mile taxi ride

    15 Pounds *

How many pounds will I need?**

Please select your budget above.

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Total spending money needed:

  • *A budget
  • *for people for
  • * nights


Must-sees in England

  • Brighton
  • Just 90 minutes from London, Brighton is a great little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the capital. It's a great little day trip and the chalk cliffs are a great photo-op.
  • Cotswolds
  • The Cotswolds are an area of rolling hills and quaint villages tucked away in the middle of England that are great for exploring and are full of places quintessentially British.
  • Oxford
  • If you're feeling particularly erudite, Oxford is another great day trip from London where you can explore one of the oldest institutions of higher learning (and the setting for many scenes in the Harry Potter movies).

Buying British pounds online is easy

Order British pounds 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 British pounds’ 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
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

Quick and efficient!

Quick and efficient!


Great and easy to set up

Great and easy to set up

Craig Anthony Mortlock

Very user friendly

Very user friendly, especially if you're computer literate...

John Sydney Napier

Easy to use website

Easy to use website. Reasonable exchange rates. No hidden fees. Free delivery to pickup point for the amount I required. Availability of many different currencies.

Peter Floyd

For the most part your web site was…

For the most part your web site was easy to use and the whole process, just had an issue with one section where i could not see where i had not supplied information but it would not give a prompt as to what i had missed so had to restart.

Brett Downes

Easy and very convenient service

Easy and very convenient service. All done online and when your money is ready, they contact you and then you pick up at your chosen location.


Friendly and personable

Friendly and personable but professional customer service. Good follow up sales but not pushy. Overall a great improvement on travelex services. In the past it was a stale place to buy and sell your cash in some locations but it has improved recently.


So easy to use

So easy to use, making our trip that much better

Anne Theresa Stronach

great to deal with

great to deal with. found out that you have to use the country of your travelex card to do any transaction on.

raymond f atkinson

Bought online fast efficient pick up

Bought online fast efficient pick up

Mandi Jane Peter

Online ordering and payment were quick…

Online ordering and payment were quick and easy, I used the bpay function to avoid the credit card surcharge. Collection was also fast and easy. Great experience, will use Travelex again.

Prue Shepherd

Very easy online process👍🏻

Very easy online process, great service

Maria Teresa

A very easy process

A very easy process. Easy online ordering and pickup at my local post office. Very efficient process.

Jenny Taylor

Preparing for trip

On phoning office, my requests were quickly and satisfyingly answered. The gentleman could not have been more helpful. Using the internet to convert and upload money was easy and comvenient.


Good rates and service

Good rates and service

Brian Norbury

*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.

Travelex Limited (ABN 36 004 179 953, AFSL Number 222444) arranges for and sells Online Foreign Currency via its Online Ordering Facility. You should consider the Online Foreign Currency Product Disclosure Statement and Terms and Conditions before deciding whether to acquire the product.