I will be going to Switzerland soon, and will need Swiss Francs before I leave. Where can I bet the best rate to buy Swiss Francs? I live in SF Bay Area.

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    The conventional wisdom is not to exchange currency at all, but to use ATM machines.
    – choster
    Commented Mar 18, 2015 at 6:03
  • This is not a duplicate as the linked question is about safety.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Mar 18, 2015 at 11:04
  • @JoErNanO The linked question has lots of information on this exact problem, any why changing cash will normally give a worse rate than the alternatives
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:55
  • @gagravarr True but just because answers are the same doesn't mean the questions are duplicates.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 10:57
  • @JoErNanO We have lots of people coming on here asking about the best place to change one set of physical money for another sort. Outside of restricted currencies and currencies with "blue" rates, the answer is almost always "you don't want to be doing that in the first place, see this for what you need to do instead". If we refused to close a USD-CHF question as a duplicate of a USD-EUR one because the currencies didn't match, but the advice was identical (don't!), we'd have millions of questions...
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 11:05


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