Author, Mike Smith
I’ll explain everything you need to know about sending money from the UK to France, including the fees and other charges, how long it takes, the information you will need and the options you have.
How to transfer money to France (in 4 simple steps)
Step 1 – Register as a client
If you are a new client, you need to register before you can send money abroad due to financial regulations,
You only need to register once.
Registration is essentially an identification check.
For most people, it’s just a case of providing the standard information – name, address and passport number.
Step 2 – Secure a Pound to Euro exchange rate
Once you’re registered, you can secure an exchange rate.
When you transfer money to France from the UK, the relevant exchange rate is Pound to Euro. This is also shown as GBP/EUR.
A money transfer company or bank will quote you their latest rate.
You need to confirm the rate before you are committed to any transaction.
If you go ahead, the exchange rate is locked in for you.
A confirmation of your transaction will be emailed.
Step 3 – Send in your Pounds
Before any money is exchanged, you need to send in your Pounds.
You can do this using a normal domestic bank transfer. Your confirmation email will have the banks details needed.
Step 4 – Your Pounds are converted to Euros
Once your Pounds have been received by your money transfer company or bank, they will be converted into Euros at the rate already agreed.
Now that your money is converted to Euros, it can be sent directly to the French bank account of your choice.
The recipient can be you or someone else. I will explain the bank information you need below.
What is the best way to send money to France?
The best way to transfer money to France is to use an international bank transfer as it is secure, fast and cheaper than alternative methods. You can use either a bank or money transfer company.
The process is essentially the same, but the costs can vary considerably.
How long does it take to transfer money to France?
Sending money to France from the UK usually takes 2-3 working days.
The currency conversion and onward payment is usually done the same day, but it takes a few days for the receiving bank in France to clear the funds into the account.
All banks will carry out various internal checks on incoming funds, and you can’t speed that part up.
How to transfer money to a French bank account?
Money transfers to France are processed using an IBAN (International Bank Account Number).
In France, an IBAN is 27 characters long, consisting of numbers and letters:
- 2 letter country code (FR)
- 2 digit check number
- 5 character bank code
- 5 digit branch code
- 11 digit account number
- 2 digit national code
It’s not enough to have only the bank account number. The additional information is also needed to ensure the transfer is carried out correctly.
You can usually get all the information by logging into the account or from a bank statement. Some money transfer companies will also help you put this together.
How much does it cost to transfer money to France?
The cost of a money transfer to France is a combination of fees and exchange rates.
A lot of people focus on the fees because they are the more visible part.
The UK’s largest banks charge transfer fees are in the region of £10-£25 when you transfer money to France.
You will also find that Barclays, HSBC, Natwest and Lloyds, charge a ‘recipient fee’ too – so they effectively charge you twice for the same transfer.
HSBC and Barclays also charge a higher fee if you use a branch rather than their online system.
Some money transfer companies also charge fees, but they are usually less than the banks.
These fees may be on every transfer or only those transfers under a minimum amount (usually £3,000-5,000).
At Key Currency, we are one of the few money transfer companies to charge no fees. We just took the view that fees annoy people, so decided to be different.
Exchange rates can vary a lot more than the fees.
In general, it’s fair to say the banks are not known for offering their customers great rates.
You can expect to pay 2%-5% in exchange rate charges if you use a big UK bank to transfer money to France.
The exact cost depends on the amount you send.
Even with money transfer companies, it depends on how much you send. There is no fixed rate.
As a tip, don’t use the rates you see online. They are not genuine customer rates.
Getting a genuine quote will allow you to make firm life plans and budget your spending more effectively.
With Key Currency, you can get a free quote whenever you like and we can also monitor the exchange rate for you, keeping an eye out for the best times.
How safe is it to send money to France?
Protection and security of funds is understandably important for customers.
One thing to note is that some money transfer companies are regulated, while others are not.
Why’s it even matter?
A money transfer company that is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) must adhere to strict rules on how they carry out customer transactions.
The most important of these rules is the segregation of client money.
When your money is segregated, it will be held in a separate, safeguarded bank account designated only for client transactions. Unregulated firms may not follow the same secure process and could co-mingle their funds with yours. No thanks.
I would strongly suggest using only a fully regulated company. A company’s FCA number is usually shown in the footer on their website.
You can verify its validity by searching for the company in the FCA Register.
Who are we?
Key Currency is an independent money transfer specialist.
We’re different from all the apps and online systems because we provide personal assistance alongside guidance on exchange rates.
Rest assured, Key Currency is an FCA regulated Authorised Payment Institution (No. 753989).
As such, when you send money to France through us, your transaction will be conducted directly through safeguarded client accounts.
We believe trust and transparency go hand-in-hand. It’s why we don’t hide behind a logo or slogan. All the names, faces and backgrounds of our people are shown on our website.
Looking after customers is what grows our business. We have attained a 5-star rating on Trustpilot based on over 800 customer reviews.
If you would like to find out more, simply request a free quote.