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Köln station
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Graeme Wall
2014-08-20 19:33:02 UTC
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Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
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Nigel Emery <>
2014-08-20 22:31:20 UTC
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On Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:33:02 +0100, Graeme Wall
Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year and
the map at

http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf

shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Graeme Wall
2014-08-21 07:08:56 UTC
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Post by Nigel Emery <>
On Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:33:02 +0100, Graeme Wall
Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year and
the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
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Mizter T
2015-02-06 11:02:55 UTC
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Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Nigel Emery <>
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Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year
and the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange
rates like?

(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in the UK.)
Graeme Wall
2015-02-06 11:52:12 UTC
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Post by Mizter T
Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Nigel Emery <>
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Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year
and the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange
rates like?
(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in the UK.)
I did use it but I was changing dollars to Euros. Left over from a
holiday in the States. Exchange rates were OK but they charged me a
swingeing commission. I would have done better to have changed the
dollars to pounds here and just drawn cash from an ATM when I needed Euros.

I'd previously changed some dollars to Euros in France and, apart from
it taking about half an hour, I got a good rate. That was in a small
bank in Albert.
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Graeme Wall
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Mizter T
2015-02-06 12:52:16 UTC
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Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Mizter T
Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Nigel Emery <>
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Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year
and the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange
rates like?
(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in the UK.)
I did use it but I was changing dollars to Euros. Left over from a
holiday in the States. Exchange rates were OK but they charged me a
swingeing commission. I would have done better to have changed the
dollars to pounds here and just drawn cash from an ATM when I needed Euros.
Aha. I'm guessing that there'll be places in Köln that will offer a good
exchange rate, but they won't be the one in the station!
Post by Graeme Wall
I'd previously changed some dollars to Euros in France and, apart from
it taking about half an hour, I got a good rate. That was in a small
bank in Albert.
I remember being with an American years ago, who needed to change some
Dollars into GBP - we did it in a large suburban supermarket (somewhere
very much off the tourist trail!) that had a bureau de change and got
what I recall was a pretty good rate.
Graeme Wall
2015-02-06 14:51:13 UTC
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Post by Mizter T
Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Mizter T
Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Nigel Emery <>
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Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year
and the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange
rates like?
(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in the UK.)
I did use it but I was changing dollars to Euros. Left over from a
holiday in the States. Exchange rates were OK but they charged me a
swingeing commission. I would have done better to have changed the
dollars to pounds here and just drawn cash from an ATM when I needed Euros.
Aha. I'm guessing that there'll be places in Köln that will offer a good
exchange rate, but they won't be the one in the station!
Post by Graeme Wall
I'd previously changed some dollars to Euros in France and, apart from
it taking about half an hour, I got a good rate. That was in a small
bank in Albert.
I remember being with an American years ago, who needed to change some
Dollars into GBP - we did it in a large suburban supermarket (somewhere
very much off the tourist trail!) that had a bureau de change and got
what I recall was a pretty good rate.
Found an ATM at Glasgow airport last year that would issue cash in
Pounds, Dollars and Euros. Apparently no commission and the exchange
rates were reasonable.
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Graeme Wall
This account not read, substitute trains for rail.
Railway Miscellany at <http://www.greywall.demon.co.uk/rail>
tim.....
2015-02-06 21:10:22 UTC
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Post by Graeme Wall
Post by Nigel Emery <>
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Post by Graeme Wall
Does anyone know if there is a bureau de change at Köln HBf?
I remember seeing at least one when I was there earlier this year
and the map at
http://koeln-hbf.de/Downloads/k%C3%B6ln-hbf-karte.pdf
shows a couple in D-Passage and one in E-Passage.
Many thanks.
Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange rates
like?
(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in the UK.)
That'll be because you live there and can "shop around" .

when you arrive at the far end you have to choose the "take it or leave it"
option available to you

tim
Mizter T
2015-02-07 17:12:23 UTC
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Post by Mizter T
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Did you (or whoever) end up using it? If so, what were the exchange
rates like?
(My general assumption is that changing GBP to Euros is cheaper in
in the UK.)
That'll be because you live there and can "shop around" .
when you arrive at the far end you have to choose the "take it or
leave it" option available to you
I appreciate that, and yes you're probably right - it's just that my
impression is the forex business is perhaps a bit more competitive in
the UK for the simple reason that being outside the Euro we need it more.
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