Best Foreign Exchange Rates in Metro Manila Philippines

Updated March 8, 2013:

Where can we find the best foreign exchange rates for our dollars, pounds, yens, riyals, etc?

Based on my personal experience and those of people I know and comments I’ve read at online forums, the money changers giving the best foreign exchange rates in Metro Manila are:

  • Czarina Foreign Exchange (has several branches around Metro Manila)
  • Sanry’s Money Exchange (has several branches in Ayala malls)
  • Edzen Money Changer, 1151 Mabini St., Ermita
  • Moromax Money Changer, Robinsons Ermita
  • Tivoli Money Changer (Mabini, Trinoma, Eton Centris)
  • SM Mall Foreign Exchange Counters
  • BDO Banco de Oro

There are times Czarina gives higher exchange rates than Sanry’s; at other times, Sanry’s gives higher rates. But most of the time, their rates are higher than those of SM or BDO.

The one advantage of SM foreign exchange counters and BDO branches inside SM malls is their location. You’re protected by the mall, although you can’t be protected from sophisticated snatchers.

SM and BDO counters, however, are more strict in examining the bills. They want bills in almost perfect conditions. You also have to write the serial numbers of your foreign exchange bills on their slips.

There are other money changers or foreign exchange dealers that also give high exchange rates, but they’re only one branch, so they’re known only in their areas. I bet if you’re receiving foreign remittances monthly, you already know which money changer in your area gives the best exchange rate. My sis-in-law knows which gives the best rate in the Mabini area because she lives near there.

For big amounts of money, it is best to exchange your foreign currencies at money changers inside malls that have banks or cash deposit machines also inside these malls. You’re safer as you walk several steps from the money changer to the bank to deposit your money. Examples are:

Czarina and BPI at Alabang Town Center
Sanry’s and BPI cash deposit machines at Glorietta and Greenbelt and BDO at nearby SM
Moromax and Robinsons Bank at Robinsons Ermita
Moromax and Robinsons Bank at Robinsons Metro East
Sanry’s and Robinsons Bank at Robinsons Galleria

Several branches of Czarina and Sanry’s locations are listed below.

I have NOT seen all the following locations, so please call first if they’re still there or if they’ve moved:

Czarina Hotline: (+632) 811-1875 / (+632) 811-1895 / (+632) 811-1859

Sanry’s Guadalupe branch hotline: (+632) 8121956
Guadalupe branch was Sanry’s first branch

Western Union hotline: (+632) 888-1200
Both Czarina and Sanry’s are Western Union agents.

Here are the branches of Czarina Foreign Exchange:

Makati City

  • 3-027, Glorietta 5 Ayala Center
  • 14th Floor, Unit 1412 Tower One & Exchange Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas
  • G-7 Prince Plaza II, Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village
  • Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo
  • Unit 103, Ground Floor, Liberty Center Building 104 H.V. Dela Costa Street Salcedo Village
  • Ground Floor, Easton Place, Valero Street, Salcedo Village


  • Alabang Town Center (ATC), Madrigal Avenue
  • Cinema Complex, Alabang Town Center (ATC)

Quezon City

  • Ground Floor, New Farmer’s Plaza, Gen. Roxas St., Araneta Center, Cubao
  • Ground Floor, Philam Bldg., Araneta Blvd. cor. Araneta Avenue, Cubao
  • Lower Ground Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao
  • Lower Ground Floor, Ever-Gotesco Mall, Commonwealth Avenue (2 branches here)


Q. Plaza Commercial Complex, Felix Avenue cor. Marcos Highway


CB-06 Plaza Annex Extension, Shoppesville, Greenhills

Here are some of the branches of Sanry’s Money Exchange:

Park Square Drive, Ground Floor, Edsa Mall
Glorietta 1
, Ayala Center
(+632) 8179343

Ayala Center, Goldcrest Glorietta II
(+632) 8921501

2nd Floor, Market Market
Market Avenue Corner Mcarthur Avenue,
Bonifacio Global City
(+632) 8135392

Makro Makati
South Superhighway near corner Buendia or Gil Puyat
Makro Makati Store 14
(+632) 8895090

Cash and Carry
Filmore Street, South Super Highway
Unit GO2B Cash and Carry
(+632) 8177735

Guadalupe Commercial Complex
Edsa Avenue, Abc-Mf 17-1 GCM
(+632) 8121956

Robinson’s Galleria Ortigas/Edsa

  • Level 1 Galleria Corporate Center (+632) 6327922
  • Level 1 Robinsons Galleria

Greenhills, Ortigas Avenue San Juan

Unimart Inc., Greenhills Shopping Center
(+632) 6327922

GH2-U2 2/F Beauty Central, Lifestyle Bldg.
(+632) 6327922

Greenlanes 168, Greenhills Shopping Center Bldg.
Near KFC Inside Greenhills Shopping Center
(+632) 6327922

Virra Mall Bridgeway 2/F, Greenhills Lifestyle Bldg.
Near Theater Mall
(+632) 6327922


At online forums I have visited, these are the money changers they have recommended:

Edzen Money Changer
1151 Mabini Street
– near the corner of Mabini and Salas Street, walking distance from the Robinsons Mall area
– be prepared to wait, as usually the line is long

Moromax Money Changer
Level 1, Robinsons Place, Ermita, Manila
– the same rate for smaller bills

Tivoli Money Changer
– Level 2 Eton Centris Station, Quezon Avenue, QC
– 1517 Mabini St., Ermita
– Trinoma QC

Naila’s Money Changer
1741 Mabini St., Malate
– they answer inquiries online via chat at
– for buyers of foreign currencies, usually they have these available;  call in advance for faster service


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  1. Just to share my experience, I already reserved Cad at Czarina Foreign Exchange. But it will still depend on available Cad on the day you’ll pickup. BUT, to my dismay Customer Service in their Makati branch is so lame. Like I think I can get my CAD on the given pick-up date. But I wasn’t able to TSK! The money will still come from the Makati branch, but I was not informed by the person I spoke with through the cellphone. Too much hassle. They’re feeling important, so frustrating. When I reserved again, was again frustrated! They forgot! Tsk I hope they can fix their Customer Service. I will try tomorrow at Sanry’s Money exchange at Trinoma. Hope they’re better Tsk! :S

  2. Hi Tsarlot, thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, that Czarina branch should fix their reservation system. I hope Sanry’s has a better customer service.

  3. For those looking for money changer offering the best rate in town.
    Please give us a call Mobile No. 09177056328
    Tel No. (+632) 511 1835

  4. Hi jerlyn, yesterday afternoon (I changed some dollars yesterday), Czarina’s rate was Php46.90 to $1. Nailas rate was Php47 to $1. Robinson’s Madrigal was Php46.95. BDO’s rate was Php46.75 to $1. Metro ATC’s rate was Php47.10

  5. Mayroon akong 500000 old lira Saan ko po ito maaaring maipalit Hindi naman tumatanggap ng old lira ang ibang money changer eh..


  7. Hi jamaica, go to and post your question in the chat section. You can also post in their Facebook page.

  8. Hi nancy, go to Chat with them, or go to their Facebook page. Google Facebook

  9. Hi ask q lng po if nagpplit po kayo ng 20,000 venezuela bolivares series of 2001. If yes how much po? Tnx

  10. Hi po..may alam po b kyo n pwede png pagpalitan ng 100 Oman baisa 1995.nag ask po ako sa naila’s pero hndi na sila nagpapalit ng baisa.really need lng po.tnx

  11. Hi ella, none. You can have 1 dollar changed at most money changers. Many money changers also give lower exchange rate for lower bills.

  12. Hi Nora, I’ve been looking for a money changer that changes 100 baisa, been to sanrys, czarina, and other, but they don’t change baisa nowadays so I’m wondering if you know other who can?? It will be so great to here something from yah. thank you!

  13. Hi good day. I jusy want to ask where can i changes my 200 oman baisa in the philippines.

  14. San po pwede mag papalit ng old rials? 1000 at 500 po yung mga pinuntahan ko pong money changer sinasabing wala ng halaga sayang naman sana matulungan nyo po ako thanks.

  15. Tanong ko lang po kung pwede pa mapalitan yung 1000 at 500 rials ko po sa ibang money changer ayaw na tanggapin wala na daw pong halaga sana matulungan nyo po ako salamat!

  16. Hi alyssa, anong rials ba ito? Kung Saudi riyals o Qatari riyals, there are money changers changing these money. Pero kung Iraqi rials o barya na Omani rials, konti lang ang nagpapalit nito. Tingnan mo ang mga money changers na ito:

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