1. Exchange Rates
  2. U.S. dollar (USD)
  3. British pound sterling (GBP)

Convert USD to GBP at Best Exchange Rates

Use this two-way calculator and chart to calculate amounts in either U.S. dollar or 1000 using the real-time USD/GBP market mid-rate. Then choose your transaction type Foreign Transfer Travel Money to see the available exchange rates and reviews for our leading foreign exchange providers.

USD to GBP mid-rate calculator

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There are three important types of information that you need to know if you are to have any chance of getting the best possible USD / GBP rate :

  1. Market USD to GBP mid-rate - the starting point.
  2. Transaction costs, these include exchange rate margins plus various types of fees. These margin and fee costs vary for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Up-to-date Currency News, Research and Forecasts for U.S. dollar and British pound sterling.

1. Market USD/GBP mid-rate

Right now the USD/GBP market rate is and represents how many British pound sterling you can get for one U.S. dollar.

The USD/GBP mid-rate is the rate you will see Quoted on Google or the News, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the USD / GBP was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

1 U.S. dollar equals
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You can calculate with the current mid-rate using our USD to GBP calculator below but note the rate will most likely be quite different by the time you make you currency exchange.

2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for USD/GBP Foreign Exchange

The transaction margin from the mid-rate you will be charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees will vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions.

USD to GBP Foreign Transfer - Costs Compared

You can see a sample of the margins from mid-rate in the table below which shows an example of the costs charged by FX specialist and the average bank rate when sending money transfers from USD to GBP.

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Sending USD 10,000 to GBP

 OFX (prev. USForex)
£7023.00 GBP (1.51%)
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Price Details
Receive: £7023.00 GBP
Exchange Rate: 0.7023
(Inverse 1GBP=USD 1.4239)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 1.51% (from mid-rate: 0.7131)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/GBP=0.7023 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:03:12 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
£6822.75 GBP (4.32%)
This is the average USD to GBP International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: £6822.75 GBP
Exchange Rate: 0.6833
(Inverse 1GBP=USD 1.4635)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 4.32% (from mid-rate: 0.7131)
Receive GBP £200 less than with   OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/GBP=0.6833 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Travel Money USD to GBP - Costs Compared

The below table shows an example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist versus the average bank, kiosk or post office rate to buy foreign cash.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying GBP Cash with USD 1,000

 Travelex Online
£646.10 GBP (9.4%)
Free Home Delivery when you Buy Online Travel Money & Cards with $0 commission and great exchange rates only available from Travelex Online. Zero cost for Home Delivery or pickup your foreign cash at your local Travelex store or at the airport on departure day. * Home deliveries can only be made to the registered billing address of your chosen payment method.
Price Details
Receive: £646.10 GBP
Exchange Rate: 0.6461
(Inverse 1GBP=USD 1.5477)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 9.4% (from mid-rate: 0.7131)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/GBP=0.6461 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
£617.76 GBP (13.37%)
This is the average USD to GBP Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: £617.76 GBP
Exchange Rate: 0.6240
(Inverse 1GBP=USD 1.6026)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.37% (from mid-rate: 0.7131)
Receive GBP £28 less than with   Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/GBP=0.624 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).
Rates snapshot: 04/23/2018

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 comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

Why can't I just get the same USD/GBP market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

When you look up the current U.S. dollar to British pound sterling exchange rate on the web the figure you find quoted on sites like google or mentioned on TV is commonly referred to as the mid-market rate.

USD to GBP mid-rate on google

USD to GBP mid-rate on google search

Getting a great USD to GBP mid-market rate is all about timing, so unless you are able to wait, watch and time the market this is largely beyond your control. This rate will go up and down with varying amounts of volatility depending on the currency pair.

This mid-market rate is really only a reference and is just the starting point for calculating the actual rate you will get for your transaction, luckily we can also use this same rate to determine how good a deal a rate that a provider offers you actually is.

You can use the below USD to GBP calculator to convert currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates. Then choose your transaction type for specific U.S. dollar cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.

3. Currency News, Research and Forecasts for U.S. dollar and British pound sterling

Whenever you are interested in an exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies due to the fact that the value of a currency is always determined quoted in comparison to another currency.

So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the USD vs GBP, you should pay attention to both U.S. dollar and British pound sterling news and forecasts.

U.S. dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts

Against a basket of currencies, the U.S. dollar held steady in February and March – a welcome change considering the currency’s 15% fall in the preceding 13 months. However, any boost the greenback might receive from higher U.S. interest rates (the Fed hiked again in March) is likely to be offset by the longer-term consequences of U.S. trade tariffs, thinks a growing number of FX analysts. The latest round of tariffs include those on steel and aluminium imports and on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, all aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturers.

The question of whether China in particular would take retaliatory steps on trade was a hot topic approaching the end of March. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BK Asset Management and Lloyds all said that the dollar would weaken on any escalation of trade tensions. In March, Lloyds reduced its dollar-euro year-end forecast to 0.8 (EUR/USD 1.25), from 0.82.

With trade on everyone’s lips and with traders uninspired by U.S. economic prospects, it is not surprising that the dollar’s trajectory has decoupled in 2018 from that of U.S. interest rate expectations. Despite yields climbing steadily this year, the dollar has sunk.

“It’s easy to see the weak-dollar story persisting,” said ING in February. The bank has forecast dollar-euro at just 0.77 at year-end (EUR/USD 1.3).

British pound sterling (GBP) - Market news and forecasts

Like most currencies, the pound was strong against the US dollar in early 2018. By late March, in line with the broader market for dollar pairs, GBP/USD had fallen back from January’s 19-month high of 1.434 to 1.4, but remained up 4% on the year and 17% higher than 2017’s low of 1.2.

Mirroring the standoff between UK and EU Brexit negotiators, the pound-euro exchange rate did little in the six-month period between October ’17 and March ’18. The pound continues to buy roughly 1.14 euros.

Like most other G10 currencies, the pound gained significantly in early 2018 against the Australian dollar and lost out against the yen.

According to a Reuters survey of FX analysts in March, the pound will end the year buying 1.41 US dollars (entering 2018, most analysts predicted rates between 1.3 and 1.35) and 1.12-1.14 euros.

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