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RBC conversion rates

RBC Exchange Rate & RBC Currency Exchange

RBC is the largest of the big five banks in Canada and has a heavy presence in all areas of banking, including through RBC foreign exchange.  RBC currency exchange has made little effort to be competitive when it comes to RBC exchange rates which probably makes sense since they already have a very large captive audience for their foreign exchange services in their large account holder base.  Let’s look more specifically at RBC exchange rates, including the RBC USD rate, offered through the RBC currency convertor.

A recent survey which looked at RBC exchange rates relative to the best available rate from a reputable foreign exchange dealer found that in every currency considered, the RBC exchange rate was worse than the alternative offer.  Below is a table of some of the currencies from that survey and the savings associated with using the best available alternative which is Interchange Financial.

Currency Pair  % difference of RBC exchange rate with market rate Savings with us
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RBC US exchange rate – USD to CAD 4% $230
RBC Euro exchange rate – EUR to CAD 3% $176
RBC British Pound exchange rate – GBP to CAD 3% $124
RBC Chinese Yuan exchange rate – CNY to CAD 13% $200
RBC Japanese Yen exchange rate – JPY to CAD 4% $115
RBC South African Rand exchange rate – ZAR to CAD N/A N/A
RBC Mexican Peso exchange rate – MXN to CAD 8% $234
RBC Czech Koruna exchange rate – CZK to CAD 15% $254

The savings shown assume an amount of $5000 of the foreign currency purchased.  You can see the RBC exchange rate on different foreign currencies here and you can see Interchange Financial exchange rates for yourself here.


RBC bank branches do not carry foreign currency and for the most part you will have to pay ahead of time and pick up the currency a week or so later at a branch.  Again, a reputable foreign exchange dealer like Interchange Financial will always have all currencies available on the same day.  You can order it online in seconds and then pay when you pick up.  You can also order online for foreign cash for home delivery.

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Ordering Foreign Cash for Home Delivery

It is a recent innovation but through your bank and through currency exchange companies like Interchange Financial, you can order foreign cash for home delivery across Canada.

Choose your currency

Choose from Canada's largest variety of foreign currencies with confidence, as our Best Rate Guarantee™ ensures that you are always accessing market leading rates.

Choose delivery method

Get your foreign currency delivered securely to your door anywhere in Canada with Canada Post in 2 business days or choose to pick it up from one of our locations instantly.

Online Payment

Pay for your foreign currency quickly and securely with either Interac Online or Interac e-transfer.

What our clients say

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Graham WoodGoogle Reviews

This is a great service, I have only used it twice with currency request online. It is easy quick and very secure all from the convenience of your computer.

Dave G.Yelp

Consistently offers the best prices for currency exchange. Fast, professional and easy, especially if you order online and have it mailed.

Jay M.Yelp

They gave me a better rate than the bank would, also better than the place in the Eaton Center. They even had Costa Rican currency in stock, which a standard bank requires ordering in advance.

Gabe MussoGoogle Reviews

Great experience so far with Interchange financial. The staff have been very responsive over email and the service is easy to use. Lock in a quote, tell them the amount, and the money is transferred.

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