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If your looking to travel or send money to Argentina and want to get the very best foreign exchange currency transfer rates, there are better, cheaper and smarter alternatives than just exchanging or taking out pesos from Argentinian banks.

Currency Overview - Argentina

The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine peso, ARS. Argentinian paper money is available in values of 2,5,10,20,50 and 100 pesos. One Argentinian peso equals 100 centavos and coins are available in values of 1,5,10,25 and 50 centavos and one peso.

Accessing Local Argentinian Currency - Pesos

Credit cards are widely accepted in Argentina with Visa and Mastercard being the most commonly used. However, please note that it may be less acceptable to use credit cards outside of the major cities and provincial capitals. Therefore, ensure that you have an alternative form of money if you are travelling outside of these areas.

US dollars are commonly accepted in Argentina and it may be worth carrying a portion of dollars with you to supplement your peso funds in the event that you are delayed changing your money.

Recommended Foreign Exchange Options for Travelers to Argentina

If you are traveling to Argentina then you should consider using a travel money card to pay for accommodation, eating out, taking out money at cash machines and much more. Travel money cards are available in MasterCard or Visa format and are easy to load with various currencies at low rates, much better foreign exchange rates than banks will offer.

With a Visa or Mastercard travel money card, you will be able pay for goods and services in either US dollars, or, Argentinian pesos (the local currency).

Transferring Larger Amounts to Argentinian Currency

If you need to exchange a larger amount of money into Argentinian pesos then you should consider using the services of a professional money transfer provider as they will be able to beat most, if not all high street bank foreign exchange rates.

Not all foreign exchange providers offer a service for transfer of money to Argentina.

Sending Money to a Person in Argentina

The best way to send money to a person in Argentina would be to use the money transfer service of Western Union.

Great for smaller money transfers to and from Argentina (typically under £1000 per transaction) you can now send money online using Western Union's services.

There are more than 485,000 Western Union ® locations for cash pick-up around the world with no fees or commission to pay for the receiver. Western Union

Western Union offer a low cost and secure alternative to banks and traditional foreign exchange companies and are one of the biggest money transfer providers in the world.

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