Personal Features

TransferWise

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TransferWise provides a simple easy to use international money transfer service with digital wallet capabilities. Their digital wallet, or Borderless account also gives the individual local banking details in 6+ currencies including, EUR, SGD, NZD, USD, GBP and AUD. Their TransferWise Borderless debit card backs on to their Borderless digital wallet allowing you to spend directly out of your multi-currency account balances.

What TransferWise offers individuals

  • International money transfers
  • Borderless multi-currency receiving accounts
  • Borderless Debit Card - FX optimised debit card
  • Android and Apple apps
  • Send money to email address

What TransferWise does not offer individuals

  • Personal account management
  • Regular transfers
  • Cash pick up or international bill payments

Revolut

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Revolut provides digital banking and international money transfer services for personal customers from different countries.

What Revolut does

  • International money transfers.
  • Debit cards.
  • Unique multi-currency accounts.
  • Direct debits.
  • Receive money.
  • Budgeting tools.
  • Create Vaults to save money faster.
  • Access to cryptocurrencies.
  • Bill splitting.
  • Revolut Junior Account for children aged 12 to 17.

What Revolut doesn’t do

  • Personal account managers.
  • Hedging tools.
  • Cash pickup.

It's a draw!

TransferWise and Revolut score evenly across individual services. Both offer travel optimised debit cards, multi-currency accounts, and ‘buckets’ to segregate fund balances from your debit card. There are some differences worth pointing out. 

Revolut offers some nifty reporting and budgeting tools that could be useful to individuals. They also offer bill splitting and easy ways to transfer funds amongst other Revolut customers.

TransferWise’s Borderless account offers local baking details in multiple currencies. Revolut UK’s foreign banking details are located within the UK. (This may cost the sender more!).

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Business Benefits

TransferWise

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In addition to the services TransferWise offers the individual, there are some features only available for a business. Unfortunately, as TransferWise is online only, a business customer does not have support with currency fluctuations and trends. TransferWise does however offer easy to use transactional foreign currency receipts and payments.

What TransferWise offers businesses

  • Batch payments
  • Xero and Quickbook integration
  • FX optimised business debit card
  • Multi-user account access

What TransferWise for business doesn’t offer

  • Business account management
  • Risk management tools
  • Regular transfers

Revolut

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Businesses signing up with Revolut can receive multiple benefits.

What Revolut for business offers

  • International money transfers.
  • Unique multi-currency accounts.
  • Business debit cards.
  • Automated accounting with Xero, Freeagent and QuickBooks.
  • Integration with Zapier and Slack.

What Revolut for business doesn’t do

  • Account managers.
  • Solutions for online sellers.
  • Hedging tools.
  • Mass payments.

It's a draw!

Both companies are pretty evenly matched with their business offering. Both offer SaaS account integration, business debit cards and international money transfers. 

For global businesses, they may prefer to leverage TransferWise’s Borderless to receive funds.

Revolut has a banking licence, this may be more important for business customers.

Neither company offers business account managers.

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Fees & Exchange Rates

TransferWise

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TransferWise offers the real time exchange rate at the time of your transfer. Therefore fees are visible in addition to the transfer amount. The fee structure is complex as it differs depending on the currencies you are sending from and to. Fees also apply to the type of Borderless account transaction. Fees can also apply on the use of the TransferWise Borderless debit card. Fees are briefly summarised below. Read the detailed TransferWise review for more details on TransferWise fees.

TransferWise ServiceTransferWise fee
Simple International Money Transfer

0.4% - 2% 

Varies on currency and payment type

Adding to TransferWise Borderless account0.4% - 0.5%
Converting between Borderless account0.3% - 0.6%
Sending money out of Borderless accountLess than 0.1% in most cases
Borderless Account Debit Card

No fee for card issuance

Fee free cash withdrawal limit of US$250, 2% thereafter

Zero cost on spend from existing currency balance, 0.24 - 3.69% fee if there is no existing balance


Revolut

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When you use your Revolut card to make international transactions, you benefit by getting existing interbank rates. Revolut fees depend on the type of account you open and where you live.

Subscription fees

RegionAccount typeMonthly subscription fee
The USStandard$0
Premium$9.99
Metal$16.99
The UKStandard£0
Premium£6.99 
Metal£12.99

Other fees for US customers

Fees for ATM withdrawals

Account typeFees
StandardNo fee up to $300 per month, then a 2% fee applies.
PremiumNo fee up to $600 per month, then a 2% fee applies.
MetalNo fee up to $1,200 per month, then a 2% fee applies.

Fees for international money transfers

Account typeFees
StandardNo fee up to $6,500 per month, then an exchange rate margin applies.
PremiumUnlimited free transfers.
MetalUnlimited free transfers.

Revolut exchange rates

Revolut provides interbank exchange rates when processing international money transfers involving major currencies, provided they fall within a customer's monthly allowance limit. Transfers that involve THB (Thailand) and UAH Ukraine) come with markups, as do cryptocurrency exchanges. The markup depends on the type of account you hold.

Fees for foreign exchange outside market hours

 High-frequency Standard customersPremium customersMetal customers
Major currencies0.5%0.5%0.5%
THB and UAH1.5%2%2%
Cryptocurrencies3%1.5%1.5%

Fees for receiving money

You don't have to pay any fees to receive money into your Revolut multi-currency accounts. However, the sender might need to pay intermediary bank fees. For example, a sender transferring EUR from Ireland into your EUR-denominated account in the UK might still need to pay intermediary bank fees. This is because the multi-currency accounts offered by Revolut are physically located in the UK.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise is the clear winner in the Fee’s and Exchange Rates category. TransferWise has no monthly account fees, and their global money transfer fees remain low with higher monthly money transfer volume’s.

Revolut has monthly fees and fee free exchange rate fee thresholds. Above these thresholds and international money transfers can become expensive compared to TransferWise. Below these thresholds and Revolut would be the money transfer partner of choice. (Just don’t transfer or spend money on the weekends.)

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Ease of Use

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The TransferWise app design and user experience of their technology is great with simple, intuitive processes.

Registration - Fast and easy account creation

ID verification - Instant in some countries

Transfer speed - It can be instantaneous in some countries. Fast payments to TransferWise comes at an additional cost.

Minimum transfer amount - $1

Mobile app - Simple and easy to use. Probably the best designed app of the international money transfer companies.

Payment options - TransferWise has the broadest range of payment options. Local bank transfer, debit / credit card and country specific solutions such as POLi.


Revolut

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What Revolut does well

Sign up process - Create a new account with ease by using the Revolut app.

Payment options - Bank account transfers, debit cards and credit cards..

Apple Pay and Google Pay - Link your Revolut account to Apple Pay or Google Pay to make fast and easy payments.

Mobile app - Available for iOS and Android.
 

Where Revolut could improve

Website access - Customers can not use the Revolut website to access their accounts or send money. They need to use the Revolut app.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise and Revolut were created with customer experience at the heart of their design. Customer onboarding is simple, mobile app’s are intuitive wrapped in good aesthetic design. 

The differences begin to show when you compare some of the features and services available.

Revolut Australia doesn't have local banking details available to them. Therefore adding funds can be somewhat cumbersome. 

TransferWise offers business customers multi-user account access to allow delegation of duties. That takes a layer of admin off small business owners. TransferWise also has a well designed website for desktop use. Revolut is in-app only.

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Support & Countries

TransferWise

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TransferWise’s supported countries vary with different services having different supported customer countries and destination countries. These are detailed in the TransferWise Countries and Currencies article and is summarized below.

Send from - 23 countries plus the Europe SEPA countries

Send to - Over 60 currencies

Borderless account and debit card - Over 6 countries can sign up to their Borderless services.


Revolut

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What Revolut does well

Supported currencies for transfers - Use Revolut to send money in 28 currencies.

Customer support - Local phone support in different countries and 24/7 chat support.
 

Where Revolut could improve

Supported registration countries - Revolut can improve by increasing the number of registration countries outside of Europe.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise products and services are available in more countries and in more languages.

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Trust & Transparency

TransferWise

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TransferWise is fully regulated by the FCA and their customer funds are segregated from their business banking activities.

TransferWise is rated on TrustPilot as Excellent. Unfortunately there have been some poor reviews on TrustPilot indicating sudden account closures with funds being returned with no explanation.

TransferWise continues to raise capital through private funding. This could be a concern for the future when the shareholders are looking for aggressive growth and / or a return on their investment.


Revolut

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What Revolut does well

  • Revolut is licensed to provide services in the US, the UK, the European Union, Australia and Singapore.
  • Fingerprint identification.
  • Rating of Excellent on Trustpilot.

Where Revolut could improve

Addressing customer complaints - Some Revolut reviews on Trustpilot mention customers' accounts being locked and their money going missing. Quick resolution of such complaints would work well in increasing trust levels.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise and Revolut are heavily funded by private equity. This may pose future risk on the cost of services. This remains to be seen. Customer reviews are showing repeated negative comments on sudden account closures with no explanation.

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The Result

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 TransferWise

TransferWise does win overall. However, the comparison of TransferWise and Revolut mainly focused on international money transfer services. So not such a fair comparison comparing a digital bank and a specialized money transfer company.

It is important to note that while TransferWise wins overall. TransferWise does not have a banking licence. Revolut does have a banking licence. 

So. Simple solution. Revolut is appropriate for your banking needs. TransferWise is more appropriate for larger volumes of money transfer needs or businesses with a global presence.

FAQs

Is Revolut better than TransferWise?

No simple answer to this question. Revolut is better than TransferWise for banking as it attained a banking license in 2018. Therefore higher levels of safety and trust for your money deposits.

TransferWise is far better than Revolut for international money transfers. Their fees are far less for transfers and debit card spending over the Revolut account fee free thresholds.