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British Pound Sterling to Swiss Franc exchange rates aren't all the same.

The total cost you are charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of a margin from the interbank mid-rate plus fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.

 

This resource page for the British Pound Sterling to Swiss Franc exchange rate, has news, forecasts and GBP to CHF comparison tables for foreign transfers and travel money rates and fees on offer by banks and foreign exchange providers. You can also check an exchange rate margin with our Exchange Rate Checker.

GBP/CHF Exchange Rates - How to Compare & Save

Exchange rates can vary significantly depending on the transaction type (transfer, cash or card), currency pair and amount. The below table shows an example of total costs charged by FX specialists and banks for GBP/CHF International Money Transfers. Costs are calculated against the current interbank mid-rate.

 
Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive CHF(Fr)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
5,837 CHF
Best Overall
1.1674£0^1.76%
HSBC logo
5,714.42 CHF
123 CHF
1.1446£7.53.82%
Natwest Bank logo
5,682.9 CHF
154 CHF
1.14154.35%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
5,656.89 CHF
180 CHF
1.1341124.79%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo HSBC logo
5,656 CHF
181 CHF
1.1346154.8%
Santander International Money Transfers
Santander logo
5,624.41 CHF
213 CHF
1.1294205.34%
Lloyds TSB logo
5,601.5 CHF
235 CHF
1.1248205.72%
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:£0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally 7GBP for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:1.1674 (1.76% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,837 CHF
Total Cost:1.76%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Mon Aug 19 2019 10:09:26 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logoHSBC

HSBC: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:£7.5 GBP (.15%)
Exchange Rate:1.1446 (3.68% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,714.42 CHF
Total Cost:3.82%
Difference:
123 CHF less than using OFX
Time:12:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logoNatwest Bank

Natwest Bank: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.1400 (4.06% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,682.9 CHF
Total Cost:4.35%
Difference:
154 CHF less than using OFX
Time:12:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:12
Exchange Rate:1.1341 (4.56% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,656.89 CHF
Total Cost:4.79%
Difference:
180 CHF less than using OFX
Time:12:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.1259 (5.25% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,656 CHF
Total Cost:4.8%
Difference:
181 CHF less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Santander logoSantander

Santander: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:1.1294 (4.96% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,624.41 CHF
Total Cost:5.34%
Difference:
213 CHF less than using OFX
Time:12:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Lloyds TSB logoLloyds TSB

Lloyds TSB: Foreign Transfer GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£5,000 GBP
Fee:20
Exchange Rate:1.1248 (5.34% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:5,601.5 CHF
Total Cost:5.72%
Difference:
235 CHF less than using OFX
Time:12:20 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 08/19/2019 - See full table

Example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist rather than in-person from banks and currency kiosks.

Travel Money ProvidersAmount CHF(Fr)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostDeal Links
Travelex Online UK logo
1,154.4 CHF
Best Overall
1.1544£0^2.85%
Citibank Foreign Currency
Citibank logo
1,118.21 CHF
36 CHF
1.1295£105.9%
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo
1,108 CHF
46 CHF
1.1209£106.73%
Lloyds TSB logo
1,106.82 CHF
48 CHF
1.118£106.86%
Santander Foreign Currency
Santander logo
1,106.82 CHF
48 CHF
1.118£106.86%
Natwest Bank logo
1,101.23 CHF
53 CHF
1.118£157.33%
Travelex Online UK: Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.1544 (2.85% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,154.4 CHF
Total Cost:2.85%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Mon Aug 19 2019 10:15:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.1295 (4.95% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,118.21 CHF
Total Cost:5.9%
Time:12:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.1180 (5.92% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,108 CHF
Total Cost:6.73%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Lloyds TSB logoLloyds TSB

Lloyds TSB: Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.1180 (5.92% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,106.82 CHF
Total Cost:6.86%
Time:12:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 

Santander logoSantander

Santander: Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.1180 (5.92% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,106.82 CHF
Total Cost:6.86%
Time:12:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
 

Natwest Bank logoNatwest Bank

Natwest Bank: Travel Money GBP→CHF
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£15 GBP (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.1180 (5.92% from mid-rate)
CHF amount:1,101.23 CHF
Total Cost:7.33%
Time:12:20 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 08/19/2019 - See full table

GBP to CHF interbank exchange rate = 1.1892

 
 

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GBP and CHF in the Markets

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the GBP vs CHF, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

 

British Pound Sterling (GBP)

By some margin, the pound was the worst-performing major currency in the second quarter. It slipped in late June to multi-month lows against a number of important currencies, including the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, euro, Canadian dollar and Swiss franc.

Pound valuations will continue to fluctuate based on No-deal, Deal and Remain probabilities. No-deal prospects may increase if, as is widely expected, ardent Brexiteer Boris Johnson becomes the UK’s next prime minister. However, some banks argue that Johnson’s appointment would make little difference to no-deal or remain probabilities.

The pound is unlikely to receive much in the way of meaningful respite until November, analysts say, when hopefully the UK-EU Brexit arrangement, or lack thereof, is known (Boris Johnson insists that the UK will not seek any further Article 50 extensions beyond the October-31 deadline).

The pound would be doing far worse if it weren't receiving some support from the Bank of England which, surprisingly, is the only major central bank still considering higher interest rates in 2019.

Read more in the article GBP Forecasts.

 

Swiss Franc (CHF)

The Swiss National Bank continues to reaffirm its commitment to an ultra-loose monetary policy, which includes negative interest rates and a willingness to intervene in FX markets, as part of an effort to spark inflation in the economy.

The SNB will be unhappy, therefore, with the franc’s strength in May.

Between April-23 and May-24 (the day of this report), the franc was the best performing G10 currency; it gained 2.2 percent against the euro, taking EUR/CHF back towards Fr1.12 and close to long-term lows (franc highs).

May’s strength reflected worsening sentiment towards the global economy, driven by a significant escalation in US-China trade tensions. As a safe haven, the franc typically gains value during tough times and sinks when investors gain confidence.

Why can't I just get the GBP/CHF market rate I see online or in the media?

The mid-rate is the rate you will see quoted online or the news. It is actually just the half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the GBP / CHF was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate). Some providers such as Transferwise will quote you the mid-rate (or close to) and charge a separate percentage fee.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

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