Bureau de Change @ Kings Cross/St. Pancras?

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Off to Andorra tomorrow morning. Still packing the noo. Forgot to get some Euros prior to trip and leaving before the Bureau de Change opens up here in the frozen north. Therefore can any one suggest a reasonable BdC near KGX/STP.

Don't fancy getting ripped off by some shyster.

Cheers.
 
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The post office on the other side of Euston road - or just alo9ng from that there is another travel money place - to the right if your looking from front of station
 

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It depends on when you arrive in London, according to Google, there is an HSBC Bank and a Barclays on Euston Road dead opposite Pancras Road, if you're in the area in office hours the bank will be open, if not, then you'll have to wait until you get to the airport. Even if you use a proper bank over here, you only need to get a few quids worth of Euros to tie you over until you get to your destination and can get sorted out much better over there.

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There is a BdC in St Pancras, just next to the Eurostar arrivals, but I can't imagine you'd get a good rate there. If you can, I'd just use an ATM on arrival.
 

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There is an international currency exchange in the new western concourse at KX, alongside the entrance to the first class lounge.
 

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There is a BdC in St Pancras, just next to the Eurostar arrivals, but I can't imagine you'd get a good rate there. If you can, I'd just use an ATM on arrival.
You would not be wrong with your assumption having looked at that place in the past!!!
 

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IIRC all the exchanges IN St.Pancras station charge a commission as well as offering a crap rate... You need to go outside the station to the post office or a bank if you can. My experience with buying foreign yesterday in London (OK, dollars not euros, but none the less...) was that the Post Office or Marks & Sparks offer a better rate than the BdCs or the high street banks.

Andy
 

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There are some branches of ICE where you can get a very good rate for euros if you go on-line beforehand and print off a voucher. Not sure about their normal rate though.
 

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There is an HSBC right across the otherside of the street from the station as well. What ever you do NEVER exchange money at an airport or train station...you will just get ripped off.

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I have used the Post Office opposite St Pancras before and they were OK. However, I usually prefer to use an ATM when I arrive.
 

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Bank of Bilbao always gives a top rate. Top end of Cannon Street in London, but does shut at 3pm.
I think the limit is a grand per person but you need more than a passport, so utility bill + 1.
 

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Opening a Metrobank current account at one of their branches in the London area is the cheapest way of getting foreign currency as they don't have any loading on the exchange rate and don't charge commission. They will issue you a bank card on the spot once the account is open. They have long opening hours and are open 7 days a week.

For actually paying with card there are a few cards that don't load or charge commission:

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money

Prepaid debit cards are the next best thing to a Metrobank current account if you are unable to visit one of their branches.
 

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I was actually up that way yesterday. There is a bureaux de change (also does hotel bookings and theatre tickets) directly opposite the old Kings Cross entrance (across the side road from McDonalds). It was offering €1.20 to the £ commission free (better by €0.05 in the £ than the post office) - job's a good un.....
 
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