How long does international wire transfer take

Asking “how long does an international wire transfer take?” is a little like asking “how long is a piece of string?” because there’s no hard and fast rule on the time taken to get money from the UK to other countries. We’ve had a look into the likely timeframes that the major UK banks give and noticed quite a lot of difference between each of them.


These guys will move money from one UK bank to another on the same day as long as you action a transaction in branch before they cut off for the day (typically between 3pm and 4pm for most banks). If you’re moving money from the UK to an EU country, they’ll get it there in a day as long as you’re sending Euros. Sending any other currency to the EU will take up to 4 days. The same timescale applies if you’re sending any currency to North America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and the Far East. You’ll need to wait for up to 12 days to get currency across to other nations.


HSBC calls itself the World’s Bank so you’d expect shorter transfer times with these guys. They’ll get payments to accounts within the EEA on the next working day as Lloyds do. But they’re quicker with non-EU nations, as payments outside of Europe will get to their destination within 6 working days.


Customers at NatWest can take advantage of the firm’s “Urgent Transfer” pay method which sends any amount of money in any currency, anywhere in the world within 2 working days. The other methods are very similar to those with the other major banks in the UK.

Barclays Bank

Barclays have two payment methods for sending cash abroad. Their International Payment Service allows Barclays Bank customers to get money across to account holders in 90 countries in any of 60 currencies. There’s a “Priority Option” that makes payments on the same day or on the next working day possible.

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