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Foreign Exchange Guide to Guernsey

Read this currency guide to Guernsey with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/GBP=0.7659]

 
Guernsey
Country Code:
GG
Domestic Currency:
British Pound Sterling
Symbol - Code:
£ GBP
Telephone Prefix:
+441481

This is a foreign exchange guide to Guernsey, the British Pound Sterling currency plus GBP transfers and travel tips.


In this Guernsey currency guide we take a look at :

  1. British Pound Sterling info - general info about the British Pound Sterling
  2. British Pound Sterling in the markets - recent GBP moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Guernsey - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying British Pound Sterling cash online - travel money for Guernsey
  5. Sending money to Guernsey - save on British Pound Sterling bank transfers to Guernsey
  6. British Pound Sterling exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. GBP News - the latest British Pound Sterling related articles from our blog.

British Pound Sterling (GBP) general currency information


What is the British Pound Sterling currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the British Pound Sterling is GBP and the symbol is £.


Which countries use the British Pound Sterling?

It is the domestic currency in United Kingdom, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and South Georgia And South Sandwich Islands.

The British pound (ISO: GBP) is one base unit of sterling – that being the name of Britain's currency – and is subdivided into 100 pence.

Contributing to around 13% of all foreign exchange deals, the pound, or sterling, is the world’s fourth most traded currency.

Reputedly, sterling is 1200 years old. It is said that Anglo-Saxon traders used silver pennies in the eighth century called ‘sterlings’, 240 of which would equal one pound in weight.

Due to its membership of the European Union, Britain could have adopted the euro as its currency upon its introduction in 1999, however the British government opted against this because it wanted to retain monetary policy independence and because it perceived euro adoption as offering only small economic benefits.

In recent years, the most significant event to affect sterling’s valuation was the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on June 24th 2016 – a day on which the exchange rate for GBP/USD fell by as much as 11%.

In the past two decades, the pound’s highest valuation against the dollar occurred in November 2007 when GBP/USD reached 2.1161. Its lowest value came in October 2016, three-and-a-half months after the historic ‘Brexit’ vote, when GBP/USD reached 1.1905.


British Pound Sterling (GBP) in the markets

20-February-19: Given Brexit uncertainties, 2018 wasn’t too bad of a year for the pound. Although it lost 7.5 percent of its value against the US dollar, it only lost 1.9 percent against the euro and gained nearly 3 percent against the Australian dollar.

In early 2019, the pound has been resilient, having gained several percent against most of the other G10 currencies despite UK politics being in a state of disarray and with all Brexit options still on the table. Sterling remains well down when compared with its recent history though: at the time of writing, against the US dollar it was 12 percent lower than levels prior to the UK’s EU referendum in June 2016.

Pound forecasts are futile given uncertainties over Brexit but estimates can be made for different outcomes. Currency analysts at HSBC said in February that sterling would be valued at levels near US$1.10 in the event of no-deal, near US$1.45 with a deal and at US$1.55 should Article 50 be revoked and Brexit cancelled. GBP/USD was quoted at US$1.305 at the time of this report.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to GBP exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-GBP 3 Month chart
USD-GBP 3 Month chart
USDGBP currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Guernsey

 

The second-largest island in the Channel Islands, Guernsey has gone to great lengths to change its sleepy backwater image, and it's working. Flatter and less dramatic-looking than Jersey, Guernsey has some stunning beaches, particularly along the north coast, rugged cliffs in the south, and a lively, compact capital of St Peter Port.

There's more to Guernsey than offshore banking and cream teas: there are Neolithic graves, Victorian forts and German fortifications to explore, adventure sports such as coasteering and rock climbing are on the rise, the north coast is excellent for watersports, and St Peter Port lures visitors in with its great dining scene. Like the rest of the Channel Islands, it is not part of the UK, but nonetheless it feels resolutely British. Yet due to its proximity to France and its quirky laws and customs it has a very unique feel to it.

Guernsey is known for its number of spectacular walks.

What currency to use in Guernsey?

UK currency can be used in Guernsey, but Guernsey's own notes and coins are not accepted outside of Guernsey so make sure you change your currency before leaving. Each ATM will state whether it dispenses British or Guernsey pounds, so if you pay attention you can avoid picking up much local currency if you want to avoid that There are plentiful ATM machines in St Peter Port and at banks in outlying parishes. No VAT is charged on Guernsey.

How to get around in Guernsey?

Guernsey is largely flat and a pleasure to cycle around. Numerous rural lanes are designated Ruettes Tranquilles, where the speed limit for cars is 15mph and priority is given to cyclists, and there are designated cycle lanes in town and along the coast. You can rent bicycles from outlets in St Peter Port and also along Guernsey's north coast.

The bus network covers all the island's parishes and major attractions. A Guernsey sightseeing route, The Guernsey Vaeux (numbers 91, 92, 93), goes all the way around the island, allowing visitors to get off at various attractions. The flat fare is £2 for all journeys of any distance on all routes; children three and under go free, older children pay the flat rate. There is also a range of travel passes: from £4.50 for a one-day pass, to £38 for a seven-day family pass, good for two adults and up to three children.

Main international car rental outlets have branches at the airport, as does the local Value Rent a Car. Scooters and motorcycles can be rented in St Peter Port. Speed limits on Guernsey vary from 12 to 15mph in town to 25 to 35mph elsewhere. There are many narrow county lanes with passing places and blind corners. In fine weather, motorbiking or scootering around Guernsey is hugely enjoyable, plus parking is easier.

Castle Cornet. The 800-year-old castle is set on a piece of land jutting out into the sea. The unique location makes for a peaceful walk around the grounds.

Travel tips for Guernsey.

Along with traditional beach pursuits such as swimming, windsurfing and rock-pooling, there has been a growth in adrenalin-fuelled activities such as sunset abseiling, cliff face rock-climbing or coasteering explorations. In an effort to draw more tourists, Guernsey has been attempting to change its traditional image as a somewhat sedate, sleepy backwater, best known for offshore finance and Guernsey cream teas. In the unlikely event you tire of the coast, Guernsey has monuments ranging from eerie Neolithic tombs to Napoleonic towers and World War II bunkers and tunnels − potent reminders that the Channel Islands were the only the parts of the British Isles occupied by German forces.

Guernsey may be the most densely populated of the Channel Islands but it retains quaint rural lanes, fine sandy beaches and miles of spectacular cliffs in the south. The island has one of the largest tidal movements in the world, with waters retreating twice a day to reveal large expanses of golden sands and lunar-like seascapes, pierced with rocks and reefs.

Tasty Walks is a series of 20 self-guided walks which make the most of the very best the island has to offer - its stunning scenery and fabulous food. Whether it's the rugged south coast cliff paths, the long sweeping bays of the west or uncovering the historic past of the island's capital, the island has much to offer in just 25 square miles.

Little Chapel Les Vauxbelets.

 

Travel money for Guernsey

 

Save money and time by Ordering your British Pound Sterling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the GBP cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in British Pound Sterling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
Travel Money Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Amount GBP(£)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery/CollectDeal Links
Wells Fargo Bank logo
719.71 GBP
0.7344$206.37%Branch-
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
719.61 GBP
0.1 GBP less
0.7270$106.39%Branch-
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
719.50 GBP
0.21 GBP less
0.719506.4%Branch-
 
Travelex Online US logo
710.70 GBP
9.01 GBP less
0.71070^7.55%Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery2-3 days
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→GBP
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.7344 (4.46% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:719.71 GBP
Total Cost:6.37%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo

Travel Money USD→GBP
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.6726 (12.5% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:719.61 GBP
Total Cost:6.39%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→GBP
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.7195 (6.4% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:719.50 GBP
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→GBP
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.7107 (7.55% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:710.70 GBP
Total Cost:7.55%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri Feb 22 2019 10:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/22/2019
 

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Sending money to Guernsey

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Guernsey you need to start with finding out the latest British Pound Sterling foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Guernsey

When sending money to Guernsey it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or British Pound Sterling amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted GBP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Guernsey.

Use our Send to GBP calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more British Pound Sterling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 
Foreign Transfer Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Receive GBP(£)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostTransfer ServicesTransfer SpeedDeal Links
 
OFX logo
7,608 GBP
Best Overall
0.76080^1.03%Bank Transfers - Online & Phone1-2 days
 
TransferWise logo
7,647.8 GBP
40 GBP more
0.7687$510.51%Bank Transfers - Online1-2 days
Wells Fargo Bank logo
7,450.56 GBP
157 GBP less
0.7464183.08%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
HSBC logo
7,444.82 GBP
163 GBP less
0.7456$153.15%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
7,400 GBP
208 GBP less
0.7443153.74%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
7,351.74 GBP
256 GBP less
0.7426$1004.36%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
7,351.74 GBP
256 GBP less
0.7426$1004.36%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
 
Xoom logo
Your amount above the Xoom USD2999 maximum
NaN GBP less
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.7608 (1.03% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,608 GBP
Total Cost:1.03%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri Feb 22 2019 10:02:24 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
TransferWise: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$51 USD (0.5% + $1)
Exchange Rate:0.7687 undefined
GBP amount:7,647.8 GBP
Total Cost:0.51%
Difference:
40 GBP more than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.7464 (2.9% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,450.56 GBP
Total Cost:3.08%
Difference:
157 GBP less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.7456 (3.01% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,444.82 GBP
Total Cost:3.15%
Difference:
163 GBP less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo

Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.7410 (3.6% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,400 GBP
Total Cost:3.74%
Difference:
208 GBP less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7426 (3.4% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,351.74 GBP
Total Cost:4.36%
Difference:
256 GBP less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7426 (3.4% from mid-rate)
GBP amount:7,351.74 GBP
Total Cost:4.36%
Difference:
256 GBP less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Xoom: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:
Transfer Speed:
Services:
Rating:
 
: 4.2/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/22/2019
 

Popular GBP cross rates


GBP/USD - British Pound Sterling to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Feb 20191.3057Latest
15 Feb 20191.28931 Week+1.27%
23 Jan 20191.30821 Month-0.19%
26 Aug 20181.28586 Months+1.55%
22 Feb 20181.39511 Year-6.41%
22 Feb 20171.24522 Years+4.86%
23 Feb 20141.66325 Years-21.49%
24 Feb 20091.447610 Years-9.8%

GBP/EUR - British Pound Sterling to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Feb 20191.1513Latest
15 Feb 20191.14131 Week+0.88%
23 Jan 20191.14891 Month+0.21%
26 Aug 20181.10426 Months+4.27%
22 Feb 20181.13181 Year+1.72%
22 Feb 20171.18022 Years-2.45%
23 Feb 20141.21075 Years-4.91%
24 Feb 20091.130910 Years+1.8%

GBP/JPY - British Pound Sterling to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Feb 2019144.5521Latest
15 Feb 2019142.46181 Week+1.47%
23 Jan 2019143.24991 Month+0.91%
26 Aug 2018143.10516 Months+1.01%
22 Feb 2018149.05181 Year-3.02%
22 Feb 2017141.22902 Years+2.35%
23 Feb 2014170.54245 Years-15.24%
24 Feb 2009139.612910 Years+3.54%

GBP/AUD - British Pound Sterling to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Feb 20191.8287Latest
15 Feb 20191.80421 Week+1.36%
23 Jan 20191.83041 Month-0.09%
26 Aug 20181.75126 Months+4.43%
22 Feb 20181.77991 Year+2.74%
22 Feb 20171.61802 Years+13.02%
23 Feb 20141.85495 Years-1.41%
24 Feb 20092.240310 Years-18.37%

GBP/CAD - British Pound Sterling to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Feb 20191.7207Latest
15 Feb 20191.70781 Week+0.76%
23 Jan 20191.74571 Month-1.43%
26 Aug 20181.67296 Months+2.86%
22 Feb 20181.77391 Year-3%
22 Feb 20171.63922 Years+4.97%
23 Feb 20141.84745 Years-6.86%
24 Feb 20091.805610 Years-4.7%

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