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Currency exchange

Melbourne, Australia
6 posts
Currency exchange

Hello,

Myself and my partner are travelling from Melbourne to Japan with a 9hr stopover in Changi Airport.

My question is should we exchange for JPY in Melbourne, Changi airport, or once we get to Japan? We will also need some Singapore dollers to spend at the airport; would exchanging at Changi airport for SGD the best way to go about it?

Thanks in advance!!

7 replies to this topic
Singapore, Singapore
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1,192 posts
243 reviews
1. Re: Currency exchange

You can exchange JPY and SGD either Singapore or Japan Airport.

Melbourne, Australia
6 posts
2. Re: Currency exchange

Is either one going to offer better rates? Or are they very similar.

Singapore
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1,953 posts
15 reviews
3. Re: Currency exchange

Probably Singapore will offer slightly better rates. Last year when I went to Japan, the rates for SGD were pretty bad compared to what I was getting in Singapore. The issue is that in Sigapore you will need to convert AUD to SGD and then to JPY so that eats a bit into the exchange rate.

Edited: 10:15 pm, June 07, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
6 posts
4. Re: Currency exchange

So would I be better off doing it for JPY in Melbourne?

I’m not sure how much I’d lose if I had to change to SGD and then JPY compared to going straight from AUD to JPY in Melbourne.

Edited: 10:49 pm, June 07, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
Destination Expert
for Singapore, Singapore
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14,242 posts
22 reviews
5. Re: Currency exchange

The exchange rates in Melbourne are generally not good. Why don't you post in the Japan forum?

SGD and AUD are almost on par, so probably not much difference.

Edited: 10:57 pm, June 07, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
Destination Expert
for Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
6. Re: Currency exchange

https://cashchanger.co/singapore

Jakarta
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61,585 posts
120 reviews
7. Re: Currency exchange

I agree with the previous posters : jpy is a tricky currency and where to get the best rate is always a question. When I travel to Japan I always get a better exchange in Jakarta, even going through IDR, than in Tokyo trying to exchange USD direct.

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