United States California Los Angeles Los Angeles Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Los Angeles Best Currency Exchange Services in Los Angeles Written by Kayte Deioma Kayte Deioma is an internationally published travel writer and photographer based in the Los Angeles area. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Kayte Deioma Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Chris Hepburn / Robert Harding World Imagery 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. Hollywood LAcurrencyHOLLYWOOD7095 Hollywood Blvd #204Los Angeles, CA 90028(323) 878-0555VAN NUYS6582 Van Nuys Blvd.Van Nuys, CA 91401(818) 785-0999LAcurrency.comEmail: email@example.comBuys 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 ServicesUS Bank6922 Hollywood BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90028(23) 460-4400RFX2544@Travelex.comMultiple 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 Express350 S Figueroa St, Ste 134Los Angeles, CA 90071(213) 624-3693foreigncurrencyexpress.comIf 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 Currency406 W 6th Street, Unit ALos Angeles, CA 90014(213) 228-0000lacurrency.comReviewsThis 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 Notes520 South Grand Ave, Ste L 100Los Angeles, CA 900711-888-533-7283 or 213-627-5404wbxchange.comLocated in Downtown Los Angeles next to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, this company buys and sells 90 different foreign currencies. Currency Exchange International at Citadel Outlets100 Citadel Drive (Inside Mall Information Desk)Los Angeles, CA 90040(323) 721-2500losangelesmoneyexchange.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgCurrency 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 DriveBeverly Hills, CA 902101-800-346-2339Email: email@example.comBuys 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 GBeverly Hills, CA 902101-(888) 278-6628, (310) 278-6628foreignmoney.comSells dollars in exchange for most currencies. If you want to buy foreign currency, you may need to order ahead. Travelex Currency ServicesUS Bank8901 Santa Monica Boulevard WBeverly Hills, CA 90210(310) 659-6093Multiple 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 BlvdLos Angeles, CA(310) 551-6666beverlyhillscurrencyexchange.comEmail: CenturyCity@ceifx.comIn 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 International395 Santa Monica Place (At Guest Services Desk)Santa Monica, CA 90401(310) 393-7444www.santamonicacurrencyexchange.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Travelex Currency ServicesUS Bank201 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 101Santa Monica, CA 90401(310) 260-9219RFX2523@travelexamericas.com 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Tips for Changing Your Money Abroad Where to Exchange Money in Canada Need To Exchange Foreign Currency in NYC? Here's What You Should Know! Best Currency Exchange Services of 2021 How to Get the Best Currency Exchange Rates on Your Trip 25 Best Free Things to Do in Los Angeles How Should I Bring my Spending Money to the UK Where to Find Tourist Information Centers Around LA The 25 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles How To Get From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles Hostels in LA: For More Than Just Youthful Travelers How to Exchange US Dollars for Pesos in Mexico How to Get Around Los Angeles on the Metro Tips and Tricks to Take the Stress Out of Parking in LA How to Get the Most Euros for Your Home Currency When in Amsterdam What Is an Exchange Rate and What Does It Mean?