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®

Very good service and customer oriented

Very good service and customer oriented when picking up the order over the counter.


Great service for cash orders but…

Great service for cash orders but unfortunately was unable to provide a Travel Card due to locale.

Christine Chilcott

Very sufficient service

Very sufficient service. Had to make a phone call to talk through an online order and they were super helpful. The callcentre new immediately where my problem was. This show me they are properly trained. Was my first experience with Travelex and will definitely not be the last. Highly recommended

Yolande Smith


Easy! Thanks 😊

Leanne Lymn

Great Help

Great Help Rang the customer help centre and Mary Lou was extremely patient helping me reload after several years of not using the Travel Card. Great service and back-up.



Convenient. Easy. Great service


Easy process

Easy process, good comunication when the cash was ready to collect


great system

great system lets hope the exch rates conversions wont scam too much

jim shaw

Top up travel card

Top up travel card. Could not register online. Very helpful stayed online to make sure all was good. Very lovely helpful lady


Great experience always and very user…

Great experience always and very user friendly

Vanessa Venturato

Prompt response to a request

Prompt response to a request

Michael Ernest West

Easy to order travel money

So easy to order money online and pick up in store.Good exchange rates and no fees.

J Walker

Prompt efficient service!

Prompt efficient service! Excellent customer service

Mieke Isabel

Purchasing online was easy

Purchasing online was easy, so was pickup

Michelle Anne Mathwin

Easy to use

Easy to use, need more rate special deals.


*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.