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Exchange Foreign Currency with CXI

Choose from more than 90 foreign currencies available for exchange, access to select foreign coins (CAD, EUR, GBP, and MXN), and immediate availability for our most popular currencies.

We aim to provide you with the best currency exchange experience possible, so you can enjoy your international travels. 

Why is CXI the best place to exchange foreign currency?

The exchange of foreign currency is a staple of international travel, yet it is more than likely one of the last items checked off the to-do lists. We want you to celebrate more and worry less by arriving with the currency of your destination in hand.

Best rate guarantee
We offer a best rate guarantee, meaning a CXI-owned branch will match or beat the exchange rate given by a local bank or airport for the same product and service on the same day.
Currency price protection
We offer Currency Price Protection for you to save more. This means you can secure the ultimate buy-back rate, better than the rest.
Foreign currency exchange
We carry the most popular foreign currencies daily for our customers' convenience.
Call location
We ensure purchasing foreign currency is easy by accepting reservations online or over the phone for pickup at one of our 40+ branches near you.
Order currency home delivery
We deliver currency directly to your home in many states through OnlineFX.
Currency wholesaler
We are unique as one of the largest foreign currency wholesalers, which allows us to offer you extremely competitive rates.
Students and military discounted fees
We offer students and military discounted fees.
 
OnlineFX Foreign Currency Home Delivery
Buy Foreign Currency Online for Home Delivery

CXI's OnlineFX offers home delivery of foreign currency to most areas; simply pay at online checkout.



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Reserve Foreign Currency Online for Branch Pickup
Reserve Foreign Currency Online for Branch Pickup

Order currency at a time that suits you, with our 24/7 online reservation service, and pay when you pick up the currency at a CXI branch.



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Call or Visit a Branch Location
Call or Visit a Branch Location

CXI branches offer most major currencies available immediately for purchase or the option to exchange foreign currency for U.S. dollars on the spot.



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What are the benefits of taking foreign currency abroad?

ATM

ATMs provide a good backup when traveling in other countries, but are not necessarily the best choice when it comes to obtaining foreign cash. CXI recommends taking cash with you to:

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Avoid transaction limits and fees associated with using ATMs and debit cards. Once you have completed multiple transactions through the ATM, the fees and rate used can easily rack up to be much more costly than doing one exchange transaction with CXI.
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Ensure you always have the ability to pay for items when you need to without worrying where the nearest ATM is.
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Protect against card skimming at ATMs. In some countries, ATMs are one of the most prevalent places for card skimming to occur, making available your bank account information to those looking to commit fraud.
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Protect yourself from only having your credit card or debit card. A credit card may be the right choice for large purchases, but fraud can quickly put a damper on your travel fun.

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Having cash for small transactions, the top payment choice by consumers as it is, makes sure you're not continuously exposing cards.
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Cash is preferred in many markets and shopping areas, which makes getting a deal easier.
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Paying for tips and splitting bills is easy with cash.
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Credit card machines can still be unreliable in many areas.
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Provide yourself security if you have fraud such as skimming or your credit card is otherwise frozen.

Wondering how much currency to take when traveling abroad?
We’ve put together some helpful resources.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Exchanging Foreign Currency

Currency Exchange International, Corp carries most major currencies daily for our customers' convenience. With that in mind, it is encouraged for customers to call ahead to place an order. This will allow our branch to make sure we have enough currency in stock for you and the next customer that may want the same currency. If it is not in stock, we will take your information and call you as soon as it comes into the branch. No down payment or deposit is required unless you are ordering a large amount of a minor currency, in which case a deposit may be required to hold the currency. The currencies listed below are subject to change without notice.

Major Currencies

Listed as 1. Country 2. Currency 3. Currency Code

Australia Dollar AUD Hong Kong Dollar HKD South Africa Rand ZAR
Brazil Real BRL Japan Yen JPY Sweden Krona SEK
Canada Dollar CAD Mexico Peso MXN Switzerland Franc CHF
China Yuan CNY New Zealand Dollar NZD Taiwan Dollar TWD
Denmark Kroner DKK Norway Kroner NOK Thailand Baht THB
European Central Bank Euro EUR Singapore Dollar SGD United Kingdom Pound Sterling GBP

 

Minor Currencies

Listed as 1. Country 2. Currency 3. Currency Code

Afghanistan Afghani AFN Guatemala Quetzal GTQ Oman Rial OMR
Argentine Peso ARS Guernsey Island Pound GGP Pakistan Rupee PKR
Bahamas Dollar BSD Haiti Gourde HTG Papua New Guinea Kina PGK
Bahrain Dinar BHD Honduras Lempira HNL Paraguay Guarani PYG
Bangladesh Taka BDT Hungary Forint HUF Peru New Sol PEN
Barbados Dollar BBD Iceland Krona ISK Philippines Peso PHP
Belize Dollar BZD India Rupee INR Poland Zloty PLN
Bermuda Dollar BMD Indonesia Rupiah IDR Romania New Leu RON
Bolivia Boliviano BOB Iraq Dinar IQD Russian Federation Ruble RUB
Brunei Dollar BND Isle of Man Pound IMP Saudi Arabia Riyala SAR
Bulgaria New Leva BGN Israel Shekel ILS Scotland Pound SCP
Cambodia Riel KHR Jamaica Dollar JMD Seychelles Rupee SCR
Cayman Islands Dollar KYD Jersey Pound JEP Sri Lanka Rupee LKR
Central African Franc XAF Jordan Dinar JOD Tahiti Franc XPF
Chile Peso CLP Kenya Shilling KES Tanzania Shilling TZS
Colombia Peso COP Korea (South) Won KRW Trinidad and Tobago Dollar TTD
Costa Rica Colón CRC Kuwait Dinar KWD Tunisia Dinar TND
Croatia Kuna HRK Lebanon Pound LBP Turkey Lira TRY
Czech Republic Koruna CZK Malaysia Ringgit MYR Ukraine Hryvnia UAH
Dominican Republic Peso DOP Mauritian Rupee MUR United Arab Emirates Dirham AED
Eastern Caribbean Dollar XCD Morocco Dirham MAD Uruguay Peso UYU
Egypt Pound EGP Nepal Rupee NPR Vietnam Dong VND
Fiji Dollar FJD Nicaragua Cordoba NIO West African Franc XOF
Gibraltar Pound GIP Northern Ireland Pound NIP  

 

Countries Using The Euro

Austria Latvia
Belgium Lithuania
Cyprus Luxembourg
Estonia Malta
Finland The Netherlands
France Portugal
Germany Slovakia
Greece Slovenia
Ireland Spain
Italy  

 

Yes, CXI makes sure purchasing foreign currency is convenient by accepting online currency reservations as well as over-the-phone reservations. No prepayment is needed for most foreign currency orders. This beats the old way of always having to run around trying to make sure you have the foreign currency you need before that next international trip or feeling empty-handed when you had to get it exchanged last minute abroad.

Take control of how much you spend by saying yes to reserving your currency online. With this step-by-step guide you’ll be stress-free and confident you’re getting the best exchange rate.

Step 1:
Go to our branch locations page at www.ceifx.com/locations or simply visit https://order.ceifx.com.

Step 2:
Once you find the CXI-owned branch location closest to you (not affiliate companies), click on reserve currency online.

Step 3:
Enter your country of destination or currency name you need to reserve. You can also select one of the most exchanged major currencies listed under the selection box.

Step 4:
Enter how much currency you want to reserve and submit with your contact information. An indication rate will be used for your reference.
After you've submitted your order:

  • Our representative will contact you shortly to confirm when the reserved currency order will be available
  • Only pay for your order when you pick it up using the rate of that day


That’s it! No more going back and forth to your bank branch or working within banking hours. Stop in one time and you’re ready for your trip. Try online currency reservation now.

 

Airports are notorious for being the costliest place to exchange foreign currency. They see it as the last place you can exchange before getting to your destination; therefore, they can charge exorbitant rates or fees. As for banks, CXI has a Best Rate Guarantee* that we will match or beat any local bank or airport for the same product and service on the same day and time of the exchange. Not only do we guarantee this, but we also keep most major currencies in stock daily and allow you to place orders over the phone, where most bank branches will require you to be an account holder, come into their branch (during banking hours) to request currency, and then return another day to pick up the currency. Most of CXI's locations are open seven days a week and have much longer business hours to help you on your schedule.

Most Banks

  • Specialize in services other than foreign currency exchange. Their expertise lies in traditional banking services and not in foreign exchange, and as a result, foreign exchange knowledge and services may be limited.
  • Can charge higher exchange rates and fees.
  • Make customers wait for currency when ordering and visit twice—once to order and once to pick up the order.
  • Only deals with account holders and can have minimum or maximum order amounts.
  • Are closed on holidays and only operate during bank hours.

CXI Branches

  • Specialize in foreign exchange—it is all we do, offering rare and exotic currencies in addition to more commonly used currencies.
  • Give great rates and a low fee, leveraging our access to foreign currency as wholesaler and retailer.
  • Offer a Best Rate Guarantee that we will beat any bank or airport exchange rate on the same day for the same amount of currency.
  • Hold most major currencies in stock daily for immediate availability, while providing a wide variety of foreign currencies with only a minimal waiting period.
  • Buy foreign currency from customers and issue immediate payment.
  • Exchange select foreign coins (CAD, EUR, GBP, and MXN).
  • Give customers a range of options, including traditional foreign cash exchange, cashing American Express traveler's checks, and the safety of a Cash Passport pre-paid travel card.

All CXI branches are safely and conveniently located in major areas, many in shopping centers or malls offering extended operating and holiday hours.

This guarantee means CXI's company-owned location will match or beat the exchange rate given by any local bank or airport for the same product and service on the same day and time of the exchange. If you find a better rate within the same city and on the same day as the CXI branch you plan to exchange with, notify the CXI branch. Our branch will confirm that the rate you present is for the same amount and currency as you plan to exchange with CXI. Once confirmed with the bank or airport, CXI will match or beat the given rate. This is only valid prior to an exchange and is not valid after an exchange has already been completed.

Please note that the policies of affiliate-owned locations listed on our website may vary; please contact affiliate-owned locations at their listed phone number to confirm whether they offer this Best Rate Guarantee.

Yes, you may purchase foreign currency at our branches with all major credit cards. For rates, limitations, and fees, please contact the closest CXI branch to you.

Accepted Payment Types

Cash Visa Mastercard American Express Discover And more card types

CXI can buy and sell select foreign coins at any of its owned locations. We currently exchange the most popular foreign coin denominations: £1 British pound, £2 British pounds, $1 Canadian loonie, $2 Canadian toonie, €1 European euro, €2 European euros, $10 Mexican pesos, and $20 Mexican pesos. To help reduce lines and wait times for all customers, all foreign coins must be sorted prior to coming to the branch to exchange them.

For all other foreign coins, you can donate them to the UNICEF Change For Good program. It's also a good idea to use foreign coins to pay for any of your last meals or snacks because it will be extremely difficult to get rid of the coins at a good value otherwise.

Visit our news page for more information on how to exchange select foreign coins.

Currency Price Protection (CPP) allows you, for a low fee of $5.95, to take advantage of a Special Buy Back rate that protects your currencies when you purchase banknotes from CXI. This price protection allows you to sell any eligible leftover currency back at a Special Buy Back rate plus you receive no exchange fee, saving you the most money compared to the Standard Buy Back rate. CPP is available for nearly all currencies. There is no required minimum or maximum required to be ordered, however, only the currencies and amounts in your original CPP order will be eligible for the improved Special Buy Back rate. 

For more information, see our company update.

Exchange Rates

An exchange rate between two currencies is the price of a country's currency in relation to another currency (called a currency pair). An exchange rate thus has two components: the domestic currency and a foreign currency.

Currencies can be quoted either directly (how much 1 domestic currency unit, for example: $1USD is X amount of Euros, is worth in the foreign currency) or indirectly (how much 1 foreign currency unit, for example: 1 Euro is X amount of USD, is worth in the domestic currency).

This is one of the most common foreign currency exchange questions out there and it is easy to understand why. The rates posted online and in newspapers is what is called the interbank rate.

The currency market is a decentralized market where there isn't one exchange where every foreign currency exchange trade is recorded. Instead, each market maker records its own transactions and keeps it as proprietary information. The primary market makers who make bid-and-ask spreads in the currency market are the largest banks in the world. They deal with each other constantly, which is why the market on which banks conduct transactions is called the interbank market. This market contains deals done in the millions and billions of dollars and is not done in a public forum for others to participate in.

This means there is no central entity that governs currency exchange rates. The interbank market is a credit-approved system where banks trade based on the credit relationship they share with each other. The larger the forex retail, the more favorable pricing it can get from the interbank market.

CXI is unique in that it is a net buyer of foreign currency. The company-owned branches provide an influx of foreign currency that it can, in turn, make available for sale through its wholesale network relationships. This synergy effectively allows CXI to minimize the currency costs of buying and selling on the interbank market, affording CXI the ability to offer its customers and clients extremely competitive rates while providing its Best Rate Guarantee*.