British pound sterling bank account alternatives in the US

Get your own GBP account details with a Wise account. Hold, manage and spend 40 currencies & make transfers with the mid-market exchange rate.

British pound sterling bank account vs Wise account

If you need to send, receive, and hold GBP you may be able to open a British pound sterling bank account with your normal bank. That means you can transact in British pounds sterling from wherever you call home, without needing a local address overseas.

Wise accounts are a great alternative. Use the British pound sterling details which come with a Wise account to safely receive money in British pounds sterling, which you can convert to spend conveniently in the US. Wise converts at the mid-market rate with no hidden fees.

Hold your funds in British pounds sterling or 40+ other currencies in your Wise account, send payments to 160 countries, and get an optional Wise card, to spend and withdraw your British pounds sterling easily in the currency of your choice.

The number of currencies you can receive money in depends on your location. Check which currencies you can receive.

Wise doesn’t accept cash or cheque payments. Read more about which types of transfers you can receive.

Available for you in the US

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How to open British pound sterling account alternative with Wise

  • 1

    Create your Wise account.

    Register for an account for free in minutes.

  • 2

    Get verified.

    Get verified with your ID by our team.

  • 3

    Take on the world with Wise.

    Add money in British pounds sterling or any of the other supported currencies you want.

Get your own British pound sterling bank details

A single Wise account lets you receive British pounds sterling with local account details and IBANs for 9 currencies. Perfect if you live internationally, get paid by an employer overseas, or if you’re just lucky enough to have people abroad who want to send you money.

With a Wise account in the US, you can get:

Spend in US dollars with ease.

Use your Wise debit card for payments and withdrawals when you travel or when you shop online with international retailers.

  • It’s free to spend currencies you hold in your account.
  • Save up to 5x when you spend internationally.
  • Make 2 withdrawals of up to 100 US dollar each month for free per account.*
  • Automatically convert your money at the mid-market rate with a small conversion fee — typically between 0.35% and 2%.
  • Spend safely online in 40 different currencies with a digital card.

*Wise will not charge you for these withdrawals, but some additional charges may occur from independent ATM networks.

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