Send Money To Greece

Updated on September 13, 2020
Personal
Business
From
United States Flag
United States
USD
To
Greece Flag
Greece
EUR
1 USD equals
0.845 EUR
09/13/2020 5:19 PM UTC
 
How much to transfer?
$1-1k
$1k-10k
$10k +
Provider
Features
Fees
Score
Speed
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OFX Logo
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    0.4% margin for new customers referred by iCompareFX
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Online and phone transfers
$
$
$

low

Fees
87
Speed Icon

medium

2-3 days

Less Information
+

Transfer Options

  • Bank transfer
  • Debit card (UK only)
  • BPAY (Australia only)
  • Direct debit (U.S. only)

Features

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    0.4% margin for new customers referred by iCompareFX
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Online and phone transfers

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
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medium

2-3 days

Best For

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    Pay no fees for personal transfers
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    Get competitive exchange rates
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    Lets you schedule transfers with ease
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    Trading in some currencies possible only over the phone
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    Website access only in English

TorFX Logo
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Forward contracts
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    Limit and stop loss orders
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    Travel money solutions for UK residents
$
$
$

low

Fees
72
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medium

2-3 days

Less Information
+

Transfer Options

  • Bank transfer
  • CHAPS (UK only)
  • BACS (UK only)
  • Visa debit card (UK only)

Features

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    Fee-free transfers
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    Scheduled transfers
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    Forward contracts
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    Limit and stop loss orders
  • Check Icon
    Travel money solutions for UK residents

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
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medium

2-3 days

Best For

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    Pay no fees for one-off transfers
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    Schedule transfers between £500 and £10,000 per month
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    Use hedging tools to protect yourself against FX fluctuations
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    No multilingual website

XE Money Transfer Logo
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    Fee-free transfers
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    Competitive exchanges rates
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    Limit orders
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    Multilingual website and customer service
$
$
$

low

Fees
74
Speed Icon

medium

2-3 days

Less Information
+

Transfer Options

  • Bank Transfer
  • BPAY (Australia)

Features

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    Fee-free transfers
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    Competitive exchanges rates
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    Limit orders
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    Multilingual website and customer service

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

low

Fees
Speed Icon

medium

2-3 days

Best For

  • Circle Check Icon
    No fees for personal transfers
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    Accepts payments in several currencies
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    Target specific rates using limit orders
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    No debit or credit card payments
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    No scheduled transfers

WorldRemit Logo
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    Bank account transfers and cash transfers
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    Mobile airtime and mobile wallets top up
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    Home delivery of transferred funds
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    Multicurrency WorldRemit Wallet
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    Multilingual website
$
$
$

medium

Fees
63
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fast

1-2 days

Less Information
+

Transfer Options

  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit / Credit card
  • Google / Apply Pay
  • POLi (Australia)

Features

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    Bank account transfers and cash transfers
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    Mobile airtime and mobile wallets top up
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    Home delivery of transferred funds
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    Multicurrency WorldRemit Wallet
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    Multilingual website

Support

  • Phone
Support
Phone Icon
Phone
$
$
$

medium

Fees
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fast

1-2 days

Best For

  • Circle Check Icon
    Transfers to cash pickup locations
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    Transparent rates and fees
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    Low minimum transfer amount
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    No hedging tools
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    No scheduled transfers

Payoneer Logo
    $
    $
    $

    high

    Fees
    71
    Speed Icon

    medium

    2-3 days

    Less Information
    +

    Transfer Options

    • Bank transfer
    • Debit card
    • Credit card
    • Bank debit

    Features

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      high

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Best For


      Currencies Direct Logo
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        Forward contracts and limit orders
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        Scheduled transfers
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        Travel money solutions for residents of the UK
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        Multilingual website
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      84
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Less Information
      +

      Transfer Options

      • Bank transfer
      • Debit card

      Features

      • Check Icon
        Forward contracts and limit orders
      • Check Icon
        Scheduled transfers
      • Check Icon
        Travel money solutions for residents of the UK
      • Check Icon
        Multilingual website

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      medium

      2-3 days

      Best For

      • Circle Check Icon
        Schedule transfers easily
      • Circle Check Icon
        Make use of hedging tools
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        Accepts customers from most countries
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        Cannot sign up from all states in the U.S.

      TransferWise Logo
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        Transparent fee structure
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        Send money to email addresses
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        Multicurrency account with debit card
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        Multilingual website & app
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      75
      Speed Icon

      fast

      1-2 days

      Less Information
      +

      Transfer Options

      • Bank Transfer
      • Credit Card
      • Debit Card
      • Country specific alternatives

      Features

      • Check Icon
        Transparent fee structure
      • Check Icon
        Send money to email addresses
      • Check Icon
        Multicurrency account with debit card
      • Check Icon
        Multilingual website & app

      Support

      • Phone
      Support
      Phone Icon
      Phone
      $
      $
      $

      low

      Fees
      Speed Icon

      fast

      1-2 days

      Best For

      • Circle Check Icon
        User friendly mobile app
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        Multi-currency account
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        Travel debit card
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        No scheduled transfers
      • Circle Check Icon
        No dedicated account manager

      How to send money to Greece

      How To Step Icon
      Step 1
      Review and compare the top names, sign up
      Review and compare the top names, sign up
      Review the leading money transfer companies that let you send money to Greece.
      Make a shortlist and run a side-by-side comparison to pick the best alternative.
      Create a new personal or business account by providing all the necessary information.
      This usually includes details from an acceptable form of government-issued identity document.
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      Step 2
      Examine exchange rates, begin the transfer process
      Examine exchange rates, begin the transfer process
      Look at the recent history of EUR exchange rates and check for any significant fluctuations. This way, you can decide if you wish to move forward with sending money to Greece.
      To get started, let your service provider know how much money you plan to transfer and request a rate quote. Lock the offered rate by accepting the quote.
      This is when your service provider will ask for the recipient's Greek bank account details.
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      Step 3
      Pay, track
      Pay, track
      Pay for your transfer using any of the payment methods made available to you.
      Your service provider will transfer money to Greece upon receiving your payment. Factors that affect turnaround time include your country of residence, the payment method, and the receiving bank.
      Tracking your transfer is usually possible in two ways - through email/text notifications and by checking your service provider's website.

      Currency Symbol and Swift Codes

      The euro (EUR) has been the official currency of Greece since January 1, 2002, when it replaced the Greek drachma (GRD). One euro is divided into 100 cents.

      If you wish to send money to a bank account in Greece, you will need the bank’s SWIFT code. Here are SWIFT codes of some popular banks in Greece.

      BANKBRANCHSWIFT CODE
      Alpha BankAthensCRBAGRAAXXX
      Piraeus BankAthensPIRBGRAAXXX
      Attica BankAthensATTIGRAAXXX
      Citibank EuropeAthensCITIGRAA731

       

      Case Study

      Kostas had to relocate from Greece to Australia because of work, and his aging parents continued to live in Greece. They depended on him financially to some extent, which is why he was to keep sending them some money every month. He knew that several leading money transfer companies let him send money to Greece from Australia, so he decided to compare a few with his local Australian bank. The table below shows you the results of his comparison.

       BANKMONEY TRANSFER SERVICE
      Exchange rateAUD 1 = EUR 0.6022AUD 1 = EUR 0.6148
      Transfer feeAUD 25AUD 0
      Amount received for AUD 1,500EUR 888.24EUR 922.20
      Transfer time2 to 5 days1 to 2 days
      Transfer optionsBank accountBank account
      Difference of EUR 33.96

      Kostas chose the money transfer company over the bank for multiple reasons. His parents stood to receive a little extra money each time, and it would get to them faster. In addition, Kostas could lock in exchange rates for up to six months and also schedule his transfers in advance.

       

      Cash Pickup Locations in Greece

      You may consider transferring funds to a cash pickup location if you want to send money to Greece quickly, or in case the recipient does not have a bank account. Popular companies that let you transfer money to physical locations in Greece include Western Union, MoneyGram, and Ria.

      WESTERN UNION IN GREECE 
      Athens Real World Tours 4 Panagi Tsaldari Omonoia AthensOne Xchange Plateia Omonoias Omonoia Athens
      Thessaloniki Masoutis Paster 12 Paster ThessalonikiSiprasvili Nougkzari 3 Mak Amynis Thessaloniki
      MONEYGRAM IN GREECE 
      Athens Argo Change Plateia Omonoias 18 AthensPiraeus Bank 3D Septemvriou 6 Athens
      Thessaloniki ACS Courier L. Karamanli 2 ThessalonikiPiraeus Bank Papanastasioy 20-22 Thessaloniki

       

      Safety Tips for Picking Up Cash in Ireland

      While Greece has low crime levels, you should exercise basic safety precautions at all times. Petty crimes such as bag snatching and pickpocketing are common on public transportation, on trains that connect Athens to the international airport, and around popular tourist places. When in Athens, do not venture out in the Omonia and Monastiraki districts alone after dark. Avoid visiting secluded parks as well as down-market restaurants and bars.

       

      What Information Do I Need to Transfer Money to Greece?

      You will need to provide some information when sending money to Greece and it varies depending on the transfer method you select.

      • Transfer to bank account. Details you need include the recipient’s complete name, an account number, the name of the receiving bank, and the receiving bank’s SWIFT code.
      • Transfer to cash pickup center. All the information you require in this case is the recipient’s complete name and the location from where the recipient plans to collect the transferred funds. The recipient may collect the money by presenting an acceptable form of identification document and a transaction number.

       

      Regulations When Transferring Money To and From Greece

      The economy of Greece suffered significantly because of the Eurozone crisis in 2008. While the country remains a member state, it has imposed strict capital controls, especially when it comes to money leaving the country.

      Until August 2015, outbound overseas fund transfers carried out by individuals from Greece were restricted to €500 per month and businesses were allowed to transfer up to €50,000 per day. Now, individuals may transfer up to €2,000 every two months, and businesses may transfer up to €100,000 per day.

      The Bank of Greece watches over the country’s payment systems, and the European Central Bank (ECB) is responsible for setting the region’s single monetary policy.

      Convert USD to EUR

      Check out the historical exchange rates for the last thirty days. Learn how much you can save by using a global money transfer company instead of the big banks.
      USD
      EUR
      Sending money online through specialist money transfer companies.

      Expect to receive between €83.61 and €84.12 when sending money from USD to EUR at today's exchange rate.

      Compare that to sending money overseas through retail banks. Expect to receive approximately €80.23, not including additional banking fees. That is an average saving of €3.63.
      Currency exchange rate in the last 30 days

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