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Transfer money to India – Best Exchange Rates Comparison

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Over the last 1 year, Indian Rupee has  depreciated against major currencies like USD, GBP etc  the exchange rate is quite good if you want to convert foreign currency into INR and send money to India for Savings or Investment.

So, What is the best way to transfer your money to India and get best exchange rates for your hard-earned money ?

In the table below, I have included the Exchange rates indicated for GBP = INR  by various money transfer services:

inr-exchange-rate

Various Options to transfer money to India from UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia, UAE, Europe & other countries

1. Transfer through Indian Banks having Branches abroad

Normally, Overseas branches of Indian PSU banks give better exchange rates for transferring money to India.

sbi

In my experience, SBI in UK offers the best exchange rate for transferring money from UK to India. For regular transfer, you just need to open an account with them.You can then online transfer money from SBI UK Account to any India Account (SBI / non-SBI). It just takes 1 working day to get the credit in India Bank Account.

As on 09-April-2014, The exchange rates offered were

  • GBP –  100.25
  • USD  –  59.70
  • EUR – 82.50

Visit SBI website for more details –   http://www.sbiuk.com/

You can check other options like – PNB & Bank of Baroda

2. Western Union

western-union

Western Union also offer good rates for Money transfer to India. Charges £2.90 per transfer (Currently NIL)

Youc an now also transfer money to any bank account in India through Westrn Union

http://www.westernunion.co.uk/gb/Home.page

Confirmed Rate 99.78

3. Transfer money to India using Money Transfer websites

Many Indian banks offer money transfer services through various websites. But the main drawback is that they show only indicative price and you are not very sure about what final price they will take when transferring money.

a)  Money2India.com     – ICICI Bank Money Transfer Service

icicibank-money2india

Shows only indicative rate on the website. If you want the fixed rate, it is not competitive.

For e.g Indicative rate is showing as 99.06  , but if you need confirmed rate, it is 98.85

Charge – GBP 2  upto GBP 500, No Charge above GBP 500

https://m2inet.icicibank.co.in/m2iNet/exchangeRate.misc

b)  Yes Bank Remit (powered by TimesofMoney)

yes-bank-remitYesBank uses TimesofMoney platform for offering money transfer service. No Remittance fees.

Indicative Rates –  Rate 99.05 – 99.25

http://www.timesofmoney.com/remittance/jsp/yesremit_exchangeRate.jsp?partnerId=YBL&opMode=INTL&uiId=YBL

http://www.yesbank.in/index.jsp?navigationUrl=%2FYES+Bank+Repository%2Fen%2FBranch+Banking%2FGlobal+Indian+Banking+-+NRI%2FYES+Remit+%E2%80%93+Online+Money+Transfer

c) HDFC QuickRemit (powered by TimesofMoney)

hdfc_quickremithttp://www.hdfcbank.com/nri_banking/money_transfer/UK/QuickRemit_UK.htm

Indicative rates – 99.36 – 99.56   No Transaction fees

d) Remit2India / Axis Bank & TimeofMoney

remit2indiahttp://www.remit2india.com

Indicative rates – 99.54    £3- £5 Transaction fees

4. Currency Trading Websites

There are many currency trading websites which also allows money transfer, but I haven’t used them.  There rates are not very competitive as compared to options mentioned above.

https://www.torfx.com/exchange-rates/indian-rupee-exchange-rates.htm

http://www.fxcompared.com/Content/money-transfer-from-UK-India-below-3000-amount-1000

http://www.ukforex.co.uk/currency-converter/GBP/INR/1000/false

http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=GBP&To=INR

Please note that the rates mentioned on these websites are mid-market indicative rate & actual rates will be quite different.

5. Summary

Utilitise this opportunity of lifetime INR rates to send money to India.

Use the service of Indian Bank accounts or money transfer service with no or minimal fees.

6. Feedback

Please share – how do you currently transfer money to India. Please share your feedback & experience with various money transfer services.

Please share your icici money2india reviews, remit2india reviews,  hdfc quick remit reviews and other money transfer reviews.

If you have any queries related to this article or any other personal finance query ( Investment, Taxation etc), please comment below

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5 comments

  1. no comment

  2. Hi all,
    I used to send money through my Nbad (National bank of Abudabi ) online net banking.
    If any body need to know how to activate it feel free to contact me
    subeerbeeran@yahoo.com

  3. FROM EUROPE CAN USE http://www.transferwise.com is giving best exchange rate and fast transfer in a small exchangerate.
    Compair to all other companies,exchange rate is poor,
    Anyone can check Thai websit and find it

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