Send money to Germany
Thanks to this modern world we live in, sending money to Germany is a relatively stress free and economical exercise. With advances in technology, there are many easy and convenient ways to transfer money and many purposes for sending funds to Germany such as:
- to support friends or relatives living there, pay for school or university fees
- to purchase goods and services for your business
- to pay royalties and wages
- to buy a new home or property
Whatever your purpose for making an international money transfer to Germany, make sure you take the time to compare and analyse exchange rates and fees before booking the deal. You want to ensure you receive as many Euros as possible for your Australian dollars.
Remember this guide is informing people about transferring money to Germany not those wishing to travel there. If you’re planning a holiday or business trip to Germany, head to the Mozo travel money section of our site.
Choices for transferring money to Germany
Foreign exchange specialist
- Foreign exchange specialists usually offer more attractive exchange rates than the banks
- Fees are low and some might even waive them if you meet particular requirements (e.g. transferring above a certain amount)
- They offer a wide range of currencies to exchange in
- Some providers have a minimum and maximum transfer limit which may not work in your favour
- Technical issues can delay the transfer
- Convenient and fast if you need to make a small one off transfer
- Good option if you’re in a hurry as you don’t need to set up an account with an IMT specialist
- The money is debited directly from your account then transferred
- The bank’s exchange rate is often a lot more expensive than a foreign exchange provider
- Banks usually charge high conversion fees as well as a sending and receiving fee
- The bank’s rates may ‘change without notice’ so you may not end up with the red hot rate you expected
Standard wire transfer
- Bank to bank transfer (like PayPal or Western Union
- Recipient can access funds within minutes of the transfer happening
- There’s the option of picking up the funds in cash from a branch in Germany
- The exchange rate may not be as good as a bank or foreign exchange specialist
- For amounts greater than around $5000, you may have to visit a branch to make the transfer
John has set up a graphic design business in Berlin, and has employed 250 staff. He’s deciding whether or not to stick with his Australian bank to transfer the monthly staff wages or to open an account with a foreign exchange specialist. To get the best value for his money John compared the differences between a bank and a foreign exchange provider. Excluding fees and charges, Mr Smith realised he can save himself hundreds of dollars and by choosing a foreign exchange specialist over a bank. Here's a quick comparison of his two options:
|Bank (e.g. CommBank)
|Foreign Exchange Provider (e.g. TorFX)
|$1 AUD = €0.5834 EUR
|$1 AUD = €0.6135 EUR
|Online - $12
In person - $30
|$0 (third-party fees may apply)
|Amount received for AUD$10,000
|€6,135 EUR - €308 more!
The lesson to be learnt here? Make sure you compare the day’s exchange rates before locking in a transfer.
Related: Should I use PayPal or an IMT?
Feature to consider when comparing transfer providers
Regardless of your reason for sending money to Germany and whether it’s a one off or regular transfer, make sure you consider the following features when comparing providers. Each item can make a huge difference in how much and how quickly your recipient will receive their money.
- Exchange rate: This is one of the most important aspects to consider as the current exchange rate will determine how much you’ll get for your Australian dollars. The higher the exchange rate, the more Euros you will receive. Don’t go with the first provider you come across and take the time to compare exchange rates, as a cent or two difference could make a huge impact on your final amount.
- Fees: Fees and charges can vary quite significantly between banks and money transfer specialists. General IMT fees to be wary of include: a transfer fee, a sending and receiving fee, a cancellation fee and an amending fee.
- Minimum/maximum: Some international money transfer providers set transfer limits; this is the maximum and minimum amount you can transfer at a time or even a month.
Transfer time: This is the time it takes from the moment you book the transfer to the second it hits the recipient’s account. Sending money can take between 1 and 5 days, depending on the provider, but some foreign exchange specialists are now promising near instant transfers to certain countries.
- Transfer options: With the advancement of technology there’s no shortage of efficient and convenient ways to send money to Germany. These include: online, on the phone, or in person at a branch, and some providers even have an app you can use.
Checklist when making an international money transfer to Germany
So you’ve compared providers and considered the features that best suit your transfer needs. Now it’s time to gather all the information required to book the transfer. While each provider might require slightly different information, here’s the general info you’ll need handy.
- Personal details: Your name, address, date of birth, phone number
- Account privacy: You’ll need to create a username, password and security question
Account details: Your BSB and account number (as you'll need to first send your funds to the foreign exchange provider before they can make your transfer)
- Recipient’s banks details: Full name and address of the bank where the money is being transferred to including the SWIFT/BIC code
Recipient’s personal details: Name, address and bank account details of the person or business you're sending money to
- Amount: How many Australian dollars would you like to send or how many Euros would you like the recipient to receive.
Q1. What’s the best option for making a small one off money transfer to Germany?
PayPal is a safe, trusted and affordable method for sending small one off transfers. The transfer is can be done electronically and should only take a couple of minutes, but both you and the recipient will need a PayPal account. For convenience, you can also use your local bank but the exchange rate can be pretty poor, and as we mentioned above, their fees and charges may also be quite hefty.
Q2. I need to send money to Germany on a regular basis. what type of provider should I choose?
To save yourself time and money, a foreign exchange specialist such as OFX, TorFX and WorldFirst may be your best option. You'll likely save hundreds if not thousands more in Euros over the years with a foreign exchange provider than if you make the regular transfers with a bank.
Q3. What is a spot deal?
This refers to an arrangement with a provider where you lock in the current exchange rate immediately with a legal binding of converting one currency for the other within 24 hours of booking the deal. That's in contrast to a forward contract where you secure a favourable rate right now for a transfer up to 1-2 years in the future.
Q4. What is a SWIFT or BIC code?
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) or a Bank Identifier Code (BIC) is an 8 or 11 digit code that identifies banks around the world. This code is used to transfer money between banks via international wire transfers.
Q5. Can I track my international money transfer to Germany?
Yes, you can check the status of your money transfer by checking in with your provider online or by phoning them. Some foreign exchange specialists will also allow you to track your transfer in real time via their app, so you always know where your money is.
Q6. What happens if I need to cancel my transfer?
As long as the recipient has not yet received the funds, you should be able to cancel the transfer but it may come as a cancellation charge. But it's best to check the specifics with your provider.
Ready to compare deals for your money transfer from Australia to Germany? Check out a few AUD/EUR exchange rates below, or head on over to our international money transfers hub for even more offers from banks and IMT specialists.