Buy Swiss francs online

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Why buy Swiss francs from M&S Bank?

Looking for a skiing holiday in St Moritz? Or perhaps just dreaming of shopping for luxury watches in the stylish cities in Switzerland?

Whatever your plans we offer a number of benefits when you buy Swiss francs with M&S Bank.

  • Our stores are open 7 days a week
  • Buy Swiss francs online and collect from your local Bureau de Change
  • Exchange any leftover currency when you return using our buy back service

Click and Collect Swiss francs

CHF Swiss franc exchange rate

The exchange rate may differ depending on the day you order your currency.

Find today's Swiss franc exchange rate here. Or use our Swiss franc converter to see how much you could get for your pound.

How to sell back Swiss franc

Do you have left over Swiss francs from your recent trip? We can buy back foreign currency from you

How to order Swiss francs

Our online and in-store services make ordering your Swiss francs simple:

  • Order your Swiss francs online with our Click & Collect currency service. Choose your collection date and collect from your local Bureau de Change.
  • Or visit your local Bureau de Change to buy Swiss francs*. You can find our Bureaux de Change in M&S stores nationwide. Many are open seven days a week late into the evening, so you can buy your Swiss francs at a time that suits you.

Countries that accept Swiss francs

The official currency of Switzerland, Swiss francs (CHF) are accepted everywhere across the country. As well as in Switzerland, you can also spend your Swiss francs in Liechtenstein.

Most of the countries bordering Switzerland use the euro. So if your journey takes you to Switzerland over land, you might need to make sure you have a few euros to hand too.

Why visit Switzerland?

From the snow-capped Swiss Alps, to the lush valleys, sparkling lakes and vibrant cities, there are so many things to do in Switzerland.

Whatever the purpose of your trip, be sure to take plenty of Swiss francs to see you through. Switzerland has a reputation for being expensive, and that’s even before you fill your suitcases with the world-famous chocolate the country is known for.

The good news is that with our currency converter you can see how many Swiss francs your pound will buy, and plan the perfect trip.

Swiss franc facts and history

Despite being in the middle of Europe, Switzerland isn’t part of either the EU or the EEA (European Economic Area). This means that the Swiss have been able to hold on to their currency of Swiss francs. While you might find the odd place that might accept euros, the Swiss franc is the official currency of the country.

The international currency code for Swiss francs is CHF. This stands for Confoederatio Helvetica franc. Locally, you’ll see Swiss francs referred to by the currency signs ‘Fr’ or ‘fr’.

There are 100 smaller currency units in each Swiss franc. Because Switzerland has four official languages, what these are called differs by region and language – they’re called ‘Rappen’ (Rp), ‘Centimes’ (cen), and ‘Centesismi’ (ct) depending on where in the country you are and the main language spoken.

Swiss currency comes in the following denominations of bank note:

  • 10 Franc
  • 20 Franc
  • 50 Franc
  • 100 Franc
  • 200 Franc
  • 1000 Franc

You can buy Swiss francs online using our Click & Collect service.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my bank card in Switzerland?

Yes, you can use your bank card in Switzerland. The Swiss currency is Swiss francs (CHF). Most places will accept cash or card transactions. Using ATM machines in Switzerland may mean you are charged a fee, so it’s a good idea to order any cash you might need before you travel.

What are the typical costs in Switzerland?

The Swiss reputation for luxury and exquisite service does not come cheap. You can expect to pay slightly more than you would in the UK for accommodation, meals out and drinks. As an example, you might pay:

  • 5 CHF for a coffee
  • 7 CHF for a beer
  • 60 CHF for a mid-range, two-course meal
  • 350 CHF for a room in a 4-star hotel

Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Swiss francs.

Can you use other currencies in Switzerland?

Swiss francs are the only recognised currency in Switzerland. Some larger hotels or stores may accept euros, but this is not guaranteed. Your change is also likely to be in Swiss francs.

Should you tip in Switzerland?

There is no law about tipping in Switzerland, and it is not compulsory. Most restaurants will include a service charge on the bill, usually around 10-15% of the total cost. However, it’s very common to also leave a tip, especially if you’re happy with the service. Most people consider it polite to round up the bill to the nearest franc or 5 francs, or leave a few coins for their server.

What languages are spoken in Switzerland?

Switzerland is in the unusual position of having four different official languages – German, French, Italian and Romansch.

What is the latest government travel advice for Switzerland?

Switzerland is generally a very safe place to visit. It has a long history of economic and political stability, and travel advisory notices are rare.

That said, it always makes sense to check well before you travel that you are up to date with the latest government travel advice. Read more about things to remember when planning your trip.

When is the best time of year to visit Switzerland?

If you’re visiting Switzerland for a skiing holiday, the Swiss ski season runs from November to March. Some high altitude ski resorts in the Swiss Alps like Saas Fee or Zermatt even stay open year round.

Away from the skiing, there are plenty of things to do in Switzerland in the spring, summer and autumn too. From hiking mountain trails, paddle boarding on the lakes, cultural and culinary festivals or just soaking up the atmosphere in the vibrant cafes and city bars, Switzerland is a great destination all year round.

Check the latest exchange rate and buy Swiss francs online at our travel money hub.

Do you need a visa to visit Switzerland?

If you’re a UK citizen, you won’t need a visa to travel to Switzerland. Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your embassy, ideally in plenty of time before you travel.

You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.

Important documents

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Other popular currencies

If you are planning a future holiday or an trip that takes in multiple destinations, these other currencies may be useful:

US dollar
Australian dollar

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