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Travel Money – Swiss Franc Exchange Rate
Convert Pounds to Swiss Francs
Whether you’re planning a ski trip to the iconic Matterhorn or heading for a city break in Zürich, Switzerland has lots to offer.
Whatever your holiday plans, make sure you get your Swiss Francs before you go. That way, your holiday money is sorted and you can focus on taking in Switzerland’s beautiful scenery and rich culture.
Why buy Swiss Francs from us?
- Better rates for Nectar members*
- 0% commission on all foreign currencies
- Order online for collection at an instore bureau
- FREE home delivery on cash orders of £500 or more**
How much will I get when I convert my Swiss Francs to Pounds?
Check our current Swiss Franc exchange rate to get a feel for what your pounds will buy. Use our online currency converter to see exactly what you’ll get for your money.
Rates may vary depending on whether you buy in store or online.
Where to buy Swiss Francs
Our aim is to make it easy for you to buy travel money, that’s why you can order online from anywhere, at a time that suits you.
Want to exchange Swiss Francs to Pounds?
Put your leftover holiday money to good use. We buy back most foreign currency notes in denominations we sell (buy back rates vary daily). Simply bring it to one of our in-store bureaux.
Nectar members get even better rates
Are you a Nectar member? If so, we’ll give you an even better exchange rate when you order Swiss Francs from us*. Just tell us your Nectar card number when you order.
Not a Nectar member? No problem. Just download the Nectar app or register at nectar.com.Our Travel Money Nectar rewards
Swiss currency, costs and attractions
- The Swiss Franc is the official currency in Switzerland and is also used in Liechtenstein
- The currency code for the Swiss Franc is CHF, which is also used as its currency symbol
- Swiss Franc notes come in six denominations: CHF 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1,000
- 1 Swiss Franc = 100 Centimes and there are seven coins: 5, 10, 20, 50 Centimes; plus 1, 2, 5 Francs ^
- The name 'Franc' comes from the Latin words 'Francorum Rex' (King of Franks) and the currency code stands for 'Confoederatio Helvetica Franc'
- Prices in Switzerland are almost always listed in Euros as well as Francs, to help tourists, and some shops even accept Euros
^ Please note we don't buy or sell foreign currency coins.
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants all over Switzerland, with Visa and Mastercard being the most commonly used networks. It’s still a good idea to carry a little bit of backup cash though.
Switzerland is a global financial centre so banks and ATMs are everywhere in towns and cities. Even smaller places are likely to have at least one ATM, and some will let you withdraw Euros as well as Swiss Francs.
You may be charged a fee by the ATM provider as well as your UK bank when using a cash point abroad. Always opt to pay for a transaction or withdrawal in the local currency, if given the choice. ATM providers often mark-up the exchange rate for payments in a foreign currency.
Before heading on holiday to Switzerland, you should plan your holiday budget beforehand. To help you get started, here are some rough daily estimates for accommodation, food and drink, courtesy of Lonely Planet.
Keeping costs to a minimum? Around CHF 200:
- Dorm bed: CHF 30–60
- Double room in budget hotel: from CHF 100
- Lunch out and self-catering: from CHF 25
Going for mid-range? Around CHF 200-300:
- Double room in two-star or three-star hotel: from CHF 200 (CHF 150 at weekends)
- Dish of the day or fixed two-course menu: CHF 40–70
Living it up? From around CHF 350:
- Double room in a four-star or five-star hotel: from CHF 350 (CHF 250 at weekends)
- Three-course dinner in upmarket restaurant: from CHF 100
Tips are not usually expected in Switzerland as hotels, restaurants, bars and some taxis include a 15% service charge in bills.
(Cost estimates from Lonely Plant in February 2021.)
From spectacular alps and glistening lakes to historical castles and vibrant cities, Switzerland has something to suit all tastes.
Here are some of Trip Advisor’s top ranking ‘Traveller Favourites’ (as of February 2021):
- Old Town, Zurich: free (paid tours available)
- The Olympic Museum Lausanne: from CHF 18.57
- Lake Geneva, Geneva: free (with various paid-for tour and day trip options)
- Chateau de Chillon, Montreux: entry from CHF 15.05
- Chaplin’s World (Charlie Chaplin museum), Corsier Sur Vevey: from CHF 27.20
- Museum of Art, Zürich: CHF 26 (full price, adults)
- Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt: tours from CHF 107.56
- Fine Arts Museum, Basel – Kunstmuseum: tours available from CHF 56.94
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*Nectar members receive better exchange rates on single purchase transactions of all available foreign currencies. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy in store or online.
You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. No cash alternative is available. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer without notice.
**You can order currency for a secure home delivery by 1pm on the day of your choice by Royal Mail (Mon- Sat). For next day delivery your order needs to be confirmed before 1.30pm (Mon- Fri). Please note that whilst Royal Mail make every effort to delivery on schedule, we cannot guarantee this as it is beyond our control. Highlands and Islands (including Channel Islands) are not guaranteed next day delivery. Delivery is free on all cash orders £500 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £499.99). The minimum order for home delivery is £100. The delivery day quoted is dependent on the order day being a working day; if one of those days is a public holiday then additional day(s) will be added accordingly. All home delivery orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless we advise you otherwise, to your billing address, and a signature will be required upon delivery. A valid telephone number is required for home delivery.
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