Pounds to US dollars exchange rate

Order US dollars online and collect in 2 hours from your nearest branch or get next-day delivery.

  • Order before 2pm on Monday-Friday and collect your US dollars in 2 hours
  • Or get your money delivered the next working day - just order Monday-Friday before 3pm
  • Order between £400 and £2,500 - The more you spend the better the exchange rate
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Buy your US dollars from the Post Office

If you want to buy US dollars then you can get a great exchange rate by buying online with Post Office Travel Money. 

US dollars are the single most-traded currency in the world and the world’s primary reserve currency. The American dollar is a relatively stable currency and has never been devalued, so many countries peg their currencies against it.

However, the exchange rate for US dollars does change against the pound in a way that can have a minor bearing on consumer prices. 

The word 'buck' meaning dollar comes from the trade in deer skins between settlers and Native Americans.

Typical conversion amounts: pound to dollar *
Pound Dollar
1 pound (GBP) in dollars = $1.29
10 pound (GBP) in dollars = $12.90
100 pound (GBP) in dollars = $129.00
200 pound (GBP) in dollars = $258.00
Typical conversion amounts: dollar to pound *
Dollar Pound
1 dollar (USD) in pounds = £0.78
10 dollars (USD) in pounds = £7.80
100 dollars (USD) in pounds = £78.00
200 dollars (USD) in pounds = £156.00


US dollar facts

Currency Name: US dollar
Currency denominations:
Dollars: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
Cent: 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢
Central bank: Federal Reserve Bank

How to make more of your US money on holiday

Obviously the price of your American holiday depends to an extent on where you're staying. For example, Texas and the deep south doesn't cost much for dining out or buying souvenirs compared to Boston, New York or Chicago. However there are some general rules to heed if you want your holiday spending to go further.

  • Public transport is usually cheaper with many cities offering good-value travel passes. Alternatively you might consider renting a car.
  • Whether you want to visit the theatre or watch a ball game, ticket prices vary significantly from tour operator to tour operator and among agents so it's best to shop around.
  • And if you intend to pack in a lot of sightseeing, you can save money with a CityPASS pre-paid ticket booklet, which covers admission to multiple major attractions in 10 US cities.


Tip if you think it's worth it

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service. Many food servers depend on tips to supplement their wages. Generally, the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost.

Order US dollars online now and they can be ready to collect at a selected Post Office branch near you in just two hours.*

  • Choose the branch you want to collect your US dollars from
  • We're open longer - some branches from 7.30am to 10.30pm and some on Sundays
  • Save time: pick your dollars up from a dedicated Travel Money counter in some larger branches


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*Applies to orders made before 2pm Monday to Friday. Excludes bank holidays.

We can deliver your Travel Money order to your home if you prefer.

  • Deliveries free for orders worth £500 or more
  • Pay just £4.99 delivery for orders under £500
  • It's secure - we use Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm
  • Get your money the next working day if you order before 3pm on a working day

Ordering on a Friday but need your currency on Saturday? There's just an additional £1.50 charge.

Average cost of travel items in New York City and Orlando

New York  
Bottle of mineral water £1.50
Cup of coffee £1.29
Can of cola £2.46
Bottle of beer £4.54
Glass of wine £6.80
Dinner for 2, with wine £64.72
Insect repellent £5.66
Suncream £8.91
Bottle of mineral water £1.51
Cup of coffee £1.51
Can of cola £1.08
Bottle of beer £3.78
Glass of wine £5.29
Dinner for 2, with wine £47.73
Insect repellent £3.78
Suncream £6.05

Data is sourced from the Post Office Holiday Costs Report

You can find out more information by reading the Post Office Travel Money terms and conditions

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