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Old 27.09.2012, 00:03
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Exchanging euros at SBB

Unfortunately i forgot (naive expression) to convert some euros to CHF prior to my arrival to Switzerland. Living in a small town the local banks tell me here that they need a 3-4 days to order some CHF. Because i would like to avoid exchanging money at the airports as rates are not favorable..(1Euro=1.20... but at the airport i saw 1 euro=1.05 francs even if no ''commision" ).
Could someone indicate if the SBB exchange rates are better than those at the airport?
I arrive on Sunday so not much option to go to post office or a bank as i would need some cash on Monday morning.
Using my card is an option for which i would get descent rates but i would need some additional money on top my card's limit.
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Old 27.09.2012, 00:06
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

SBB adds a service fee for each transaction. A few CHFs ( CHF4 perhaps ).

Their rates are poor on average IMO.
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

Just go to a large tourist shopmspend in euros get CHF change
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

SBB will waive the processing charge in case you have a GA / Half Fare. I have found my local Cantonal bank to offer 1.12 to SBBs 1.05
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

Check the Coop bank. Pretty sure it was WAY better than anything I've seen posted here.
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

If you can wait till Monday there is an exchange office in the walkway between the SBB and the postfinance office, they charge no service charge and their rates are reasonable. I think think they are open till 6 in the evening.

The rate you get will be a lot better than the airport rates.
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Old 28.09.2012, 13:49
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

Thanks to everybody for the prompt replies. I think i will follow the advice of kb92830 or as someone indicate change at a bank where i need to deposit money for my flat.
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

Exactly how much do you need?

If day-to-day just go to the cash point when you get here.
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

I would need something like 2k CHF..yes of course i can go to the ATM but i have a limit of 1500 euros/week (500max perday) from my debit card and 500euros/day from my mastercard.

But i think it will be sorted.
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Re: Exchanging euros at SBB

Depends where you are- in Geneva there appears to be a couple of cash exchange guys who offer highly competitive rates. Never tried them but migros (not the supermarket) quote rates several % better than the banks - so you might be able to save chf 50 (a couple of glasses of beer in Geneva)
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