Global Exchange is the second largest currency supplier in the world in its area of expertise, which is airport currency exchange.
It is currently present in international airports in France and 22 other countries with high-quality and spectacular illuminated offices. Its currency exchange service is very careful. It is provided in various languages across long time slots, practically whenever there are international flights at that airport.
They are also specialists with some 70 world currencies traded at French airports. And they are from here, from Spain (Salamanca). Any flaws? Their rates are quite expensive.
Global Exchange is present in the airports of 23 countries around the world.
If you ever change currency at an airport in France, Spain, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Switzerland or Turkey, it will be with them. The same if you go to Morocco, Jordan, Australia, Hong Kong or if you visit a South or Central American country. They are everywhere.
The essence of their currency exchange model is to offer quality in all its facets, material and human. With this, they seek to win the tenders that the managers of international airports around the world put out to tender from time to time to manage the currency exchange service at their facilities.
We are talking about airports with between 20 and 100 million passengers per year, so to take an “account” of this caliber, you have to offer an impeccable service and presence.
In return, the airport manager requires these companies a very significant economic contribution, which obliges them to provide, except for some honorable exception in countries with rates limited by the State, a currency exchange service at very, very high rates.
Keep this in mind and our advice is to avoid changing at an airport. And if you have no other choice, do it with a small amount if you do not want to lose much value to your currency and give it away to others.
Presence in France
In France, Global Exchange has exchange offices in the following locations: Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux:
Bureaux de change de devises à Paris
- Aéroport international Charles de Gaulle
- Aéroport international Orly
- Gare de l’Est
Bureaux de change de devises à Marseille
- Aéroport Marseille Provence
Bureaux de change de devises à Bordeaux
- Aéroport Bordeaux-Mérignac
What do their offices look like?
The offices of this currency supplier are spectacular in appearance.
Take a look at the image below. It shows that there are means and care wherever you look. This is what the owner of an airport requires to open its doors to you for several years and allow you to operate with its millions of passengers in transit.
This is what a currency exchange office looks like in Paris CDG.
Global Exchange website
On the Internet, Global Exchange has a fairly well-made website that allows you to make online reservations with collection and payment at any of their offices.
They usually offer a standard rate when changing euros to any other currency and vice-versa, but:
- They charge you a commission of 5 euros in any change.
- Their rates vary form one place to another.
- Their rates are worse at the airports than in the city center.
In Paris city center their exchange rates are not as high as at the airport but much less competitive than if you take a look at the currency exchange suppliers that do collaborate with Cambiator, providing their daily exchange rates.
Global Exchange rates
The main weak point of this currency supplier is its very high rates. Nothing to do with those of the suppliers that collaborate with Comparer Devise.
It is the cost of offering an airport model where, in addition to your operating expenses, you have to pay a high annual fee to the airport administrator for being there, and for all the flow of travelers that it makes available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
As shown by the purchase prices today in US dollars.
If you wanted to change 1000 euros to dollars in France at the date of this post, these would be the Global Exchange rates compared to those of the suppliers that collaborate with Comparer Devise.
Below you will understand why this company does not want to collaborate with us by facilitating rate comparison, currency by currency.
|Bureau de change / Place||EUR to USD rate (26 May 2023)||With 1.000 Euros you get (USD)|
|Global Exchange Aéroport Paris Orly||0,895910||896 USD|
|Global Exchange Aéroport Paris CDG||0,907765||908 USD|
|Global Exchange Aéroport Marseille||0,916335||916 USD|
|Comparer Devise||1,028500||1.028 USD|
As you can see, the difference between being careless with your currency exchange (leaving it for the last day at the airport of departure) or looking a bit and making your euros worth, today is called 1,028 – 896 euros = 132 dollars more or more less.
For this reason, we always recommend that you make a previous comparison of the exchange rates in Comparer Devise, before deciding on a specific currency supplier. And of course, except in cases of extreme necessity, do not change currency at the airport.
Are these expensive rates?
Well, it will depend on who says it and how urgently you need the currency. But of course, since foreign currency is a commodity, no user would rationally pay more for the same thing if they can find it cheaper, convenience of having many currencies, every day at your disposal, aside.
And that’s why Cambiator’s motto is “A dollar is a dollar, why pay more for the same thing?”.
Un dólar es un dólar
Global Exchange reviews
Opinions on Global Exchange vary greatly depending on what is valued.
If you value the quality of care, the time availability, the security of changing in the airport passenger area or that they speak to you in your language (several languages), it would probably be 10. And if you valued the price, it would probably be very negative.
Now, as you have seen above, 132 dollars more in a currency exchange of 1000 euros, just for being cautious and choosing the right place is a fortune. And that’s what makes the opinions of Global Exchange are not good.
Of 5 opinions in Global Exchange Madrid airport, as of May 26th, 2023, it has an average of 1 star out of 5 possible.
Global Exchange does not collaborate with Comparer Devise. It does not provide its daily rates to be part of our comparison grid.