Best Currency Exchange Services in Los Angeles

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If you need to exchange foreign money in Los Angeles—whether you're buying foreign currency or selling foreign money for US dollars—you can change money in person at the foreign currency exchange locations below. Some of them allow you to order online and pick up at the store or have the currency delivered. Some also provide exchange rates online or by phone so you can compare rates in advance.

Independent Foreign Currency Exchange Businesses in Los Angeles

The following businesses offer in-person foreign currency exchange for most world currencies. Some of them also offer online currency exchange transactions. Tip: Many of these businesses offer a best rate guarantee that they will match the best rate you can find on the same day at any other exchange office in LA. So check all their rates online, and if the one with the best rate isn't near you, then go to the one closest to you that has the best rate guarantee and show them that rate on your mobile device to get that rate matched. Also look for the ones with no transaction fee.

Foreign Currency Exchange at LAX

At LAX, there are ICE Currency Exchange kiosks at gate level beyond security in Terminals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and Tom Bradley International Terminal. Traveler's checks can be exchanged at every terminal. Visa card and MasterCard cash advances, which are available up to USD 300 at Airport exchange offices, charge a hefty fee. Call (310) 646-0553 or (310) 646-7934 for exchange rates and hours of operation. 


7095 Hollywood Blvd #204
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 878-0555
6582 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 785-0999
Buys almost all kinds of currency and has a majority of all currencies in stock. Best rate guarantee and no fees. These two locations have free parking.

Travelex Currency Services
US Bank

6922 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(23) 460-4400
Multiple locations including South Coast Plaza, Brea Mall and inside specific US Bank branches in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Glendale, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and more.

Downtown LA

Foreign Currency Express
350 S Figueroa St, Ste 134
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-3693
If you can wait until you get to Downtown Los Angeles, this exchange bureau in the basement of the World Trade Center has the best exchange rates in town with no service fees. If you're trying to buy foreign currency, call ahead to make sure they have what you need in stock. Discounted parking with validation.

LA Currency
406 W 6th Street, Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 228-0000
This company exchanges over 80 currencies with a best market rate guarantee and no fees.they will price match if you can show proof of a better rate elsewhere. They have three locations in Downtown LA, Hollywood and Van Nuys.

World Bank Notes
520 South Grand Ave, Ste L 100
Los Angeles, CA 90071
1-888-533-7283 or 213-627-5404
Located in Downtown Los Angeles next to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, this company buys and sells 90 different foreign currencies.

Currency Exchange International at Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive (Inside Mall Information Desk)
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 721-2500
Currency Exchange International, south of Downtown LA, buys and sells currency from over 80 countries, have all major currencies in stock, have low fees, and a best-rate guarantee.

Beverly Hills

AFEX - Associated Foreign Exchange Inc.
327 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Buys and sells foreign currencies and holds a large inventory of major and minor currencies. They buy foreign denominated travelers checks and issue over-the-counter draft payments in foreign currencies for payments abroad. They also buy and sell gold/platinum/silver coins and bars. AFEX is open 9 to 6 during the week and on Saturday from 10 to 4.
Bonus: Special offer for About LA Travel readers. Mention this site to have transaction fees waived, per Sergio.

International Currency Express, Inc.
427 N Camden Dr, Ste G
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
1-(888) 278-6628, (310) 278-6628‎
Sells dollars in exchange for most currencies. If you want to buy foreign currency, you may need to order ahead.

Travelex Currency Services
US Bank

8901 Santa Monica Boulevard W
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 659-6093
Multiple locations including South Coast Plaza, Brea Mall and inside specific US Bank branches in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Glendale, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and more.

Century City

Currency Exchange International 
Century City (Westfield Mall)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 551-6666
In addition to exchanging currency, this company buys and sells American Express travelers checks in seven currencies, multi-currency pre-paid MasterCard credit cards and gold bullion. They have a best rate guarantee. Most major currencies are in stock, but large amounts or minor currencies may have to be pre-ordered. This location is open until 8 pm.

Santa Monica

Currency Exchange International
395 Santa Monica Place (At Guest Services Desk)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7444

Travelex Currency Services
US Bank

201 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 101
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-9219

Alternatives to Foreign Currency Exchange Offices

For visitors, changing foreign currency in Los Angeles can be a challenge, or just expensive. It's usually best to change money in your home country before you leave, or to buy travelers checks in US dollars.

Automatic Teller Machines (ALMS) - Cash Machines 

You can use many international credit or debit cards to withdraw dollars from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs AKA cash machines) which are located at the airport, at banks, supermarkets, and tourist areas.

Pay with Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, taxis, and other businesses accept major credit cards, so you don't need to carry a lot of cash. Visa and MasterCard (EuroCard) are the most common. Although the fees for international credit card transactions on some cards have skyrocketed, more and more cards are being offered that don't charge for foreign transaction fees, so check with your bank before using your card abroad.

Changing Money at Hotels

In recent years, more of the high-end hotels and hotels adjacent to tourist attractions have started providing currency exchange. Some charge very high service fees and offer unfavorable rates. Others are in line with independent foreign exchange offices.

Changing Money at Banks

Many American banks do not offer any foreign currency exchange service at all. Some large banks in major tourist areas will buy foreign currency in exchange for dollars, but even some of these limit which currency they will accept. In order to buy foreign currency, you usually have to order it ahead of time at American banks.

This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check the respective websites for the most current information.

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