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Foreign Currency Exchange in Los Angeles

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Changing foreign currency in Los Angeles can be a challenge. It's best to change money in your home country before you leave or to buy travelers checks in US dollars. Alternately, you can use many credit cards to withdraw dollars from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)which are located at the airport, at banks, supermarkets and tourist areas. 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 have skyrocketed. In recent years more of the high end hotels and hotels directly next to tourist attractions have started providing currency exchange.

If you do need to change foreign currency in LA, these are your options, in no particular order:

Foreign Currency Express
350 S Figueroa St, Ste 134
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-3693
www.foreigncurrencyexpress.com
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.

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

AFEX - Associated Foreign Exchange Inc.
327 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
1-800-346-2339
Email: sergiob@afex.com
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.
Bonus: Special offer for About LA Travel readers. Mention this site to have transaction fees waived, per Sergio.

Currency Exchange International (3 locations)
Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 551-6666
beverlyhillscurrencyexchange.com
Email: CenturyCity@ceifx.com
Santa Monica
395 Santa Monica Place (At Guest Services Desk)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7444
www.santamonicacurrencyexchange.com
Email: santamonicaplace@ceifx.com
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive (Inside Mall Information Desk)
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 721-2500
losangelesmoneyexchange.com
Email: losangeles@ceifx.com
Currency Exchange International buys and sells currency from over 80 countries, have all major currencies in stock, have low fees, and a best rate guarantee.

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

Travelex Currency Services
8901 Santa Monica Boulevard W
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 659-6093
http://www.us.travelex.com/US/Store-Locator/ Multiple locations including Downtown Disney, South Coast Plaza, Glendale Galleria and inside some US Bank branches.

LAcurrency
6582 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 785-0999
LAcurrency.com
Email: support@lacurrency.com
Buys almost all kinds of currency and has a majority of all currencies in stock.

At LAX, there are currency exchange booths in the upper level departure area of all terminals and in the arrivals area at the Bradley International Terminal. Traveler's checks can be exchanged at every terminal. Visa card and MasterCard cash advances available up to USD 300 at ICE currency exchange kiosks at Terminals 2, 3, 5, 7, and Tom Bradley Terminal. Airport exchange offices charge a hefty fee.

Some hotels near tourist attractions will change foreign currency for guests and this is becoming more common, but there are usually hefty fees.

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.

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