Connecting Businesses with Opportunities in India
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Comparison of Dollar to Rupee Exchange Rates

The Indian Rupee is the official currency of India.

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) remitted nearly $70 billion to India last year. But even so, most NRIs wonder if they are using the right service provider for sending money to India. Is it safe to use this service? How long will it take before the money reaches the destination? Am I getting competitive exchange rates? Should I wait for a few days to transfer money to India to get a better rate?

To answer these questions, we have prepared a table of financial institutions that send money to India as shown below. Exchange Rates vary by the transaction amount and the method of transfer. The rates and fee shown to send money to India are for online transfer of under $1000 from USA.

Scroll past the rate table to see the Exchange Rate Discussion Board.

 ₹ Per $ 
Fee Time Comments




2.00 2 Days
  • Remittance Service Charge of $2.00 (inclusive of service tax @10.30%) for amounts of $1000 or below
  • Fixed exchange rates
  • ACH mechanism of transfer into any ICICI Bank Remittance card or into any resident Visa Debit Card account issued in India
  • Money deposited into any ICICI bank account with over 2,500 branches in India OR into bank accounts with over 100 banks in India
  • Other Delivery Mechanisms: Demand Draft, Cash

IndusInd Bank

+91- 22- 4406 6666


0.00 3 - 5 Days
  • $0 fees to transfer to any Bank in India
  • Exchange rates are guaranteed, locked-in
  • Regular users of IndusFastRemit are automatically upgraded to faster payments
  • Bank uses ACH mechanism to transfer funds
  • It takes 3-4 days before the money is available in the Indian account
  • Other Delivey Mechanisms: By Direct Depost to any IndiusInd Bank account and by Cheque




3.00 2 - 3 Days
  •, has $0 fees for above $1000 transactions and $3 fees for below $1000.
  • Guaranteed Exchange Rate
  • Bank Transfer (ACH mechanism) takes 24-48 hrs for transfer
  • Unlimited amount for bank deposit or draft delivery at home
  • Bank draft delivery at home takes 3 days only
  • Xpress Money option delivers cash at agent locations immediately (Rs. 50,000 max.)




5.00 2 Days
  • Free $25 Amazon voucher on first transaction   
  • Zero fees for transfer above $999
  • Option to choose guaranteed or indicative rate
  • Transfer takes 4 days* for ACH and 1 day* for wire transfer
  • No upper limit on transaction
  • Method of receiving in India is bank deposit
  • Get Rs. 1000 with every referral, who registers and transacts
  • For assistance, mail at or call toll free at 1-888-736-4886




2.99 6 Days
  • Transfer Fee as low as USD 2.99
  • Pay Modes: (a) ACH Transfer (Direct Debit) (b) Wire Transfer (Guaranteed Rate Transfer)
  • Simple and Clutter-Free Website, with a seamless transacting experience
  • Handy FAQs, for all possible queries
  • Get in touch with us at




1.99 4 Indian banking hours (Express) or 3 business days (Economy)
  • $0 fee for transfer over $1000. Fee of $1.99 for transfers below $1000.
  • Guaranteed Exchange Rate
  • Take 3 business days to transfer from your Bank account
  • Deposits can be made to all the major banks in India
  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Ria Money Transfer



0.00 3 Days
  • $0 transfer fee via debit card
  • Great exchange rates
  • Deposit to almost any bank in India within 24 hours
  • Cash pick-up available
  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee
  • More than 230,000 Worldwide Agent Locations in more than 130 Countries

State Bank of India



0.00 4 - 5 Days
  • $0 fee for online transfer to SBI Banks and fee of Rs. 6 for online transfer of amount less than $500 to any other bank
  • Foreign Currency Conversion charges of Rs.250/- levied on every remittance.
  • Service tax of .14% or Rs. 35 (whichever is higher) for amounts upto Rs. 100,000 received in India
  • 2 days for transfer to account in SBI bank and 4-5 days to accounts in other banks
  • Min remittance amount in a single transaction is $50
  • Max remittance of $10,000 in a single transaction to account in SBI and of $5000 in account with any other bank
  • Other Transfer modes: Instant transfer, SWIFT/Wire transfer, Draft Cashier's Cheques and Foreign currency cheques.




0.00 3 Days
  • Highest Locked-In Exchange Rate Guarantee
  • Instant Bank Deposits to Bank Across India
  • Cash PickUp to Over 20,000 Location Across India
  • No fee for transfers over $1,000
  • Minimum amount to send $50, Maximum amount $2,950
  • 24/7 Customer Service and Live Web Chat
  • Accept ACH & Credit Card for payment
  • Remittance can also be made in person at their agent location

Western Union



10.00 3 Days
  • The rate shown is for the city of Edison in New Jersey, USA. The exchange rate differs depending on the location of transfer (over 47000 locations in US)
  • Rate given at the location of transfer is Guaranteed
  • Money in 3 business days: Fees of $10
  • Best option in case of emergency, money received with-in mins
  • Send money by visiting agent location or online direct bank transfer/credit/debit card
  • Receive money by direct credit to bank account (including NRE/NRO) or cash pick up at a western union agent location




4.99 1 - 4 Hours
  • Fee of $4.99 if paid with a US Bank account and fee of $29.99 if paid with Debit/Credit card. This fee is based on $1000 transfer.
  • Guaranteed Exchange Rate
  • Bank deposits within 24 Hours to most bank accounts in India
  • Other modes of delivery in India: Cash Pickup by recipients, Cash Delivery

Discussion Board


This may happen with initial/first transaction with any transfer site, if this has happenned on 3rd or 4th transaction then there is surely a concern. I have used 4 hour transfer seemlessly however for that you have to do the transfer during India banking hours.

Although I agree that XOOM gives you less rate but let's do the math, e.g. XOOM's rate is almost always less by .25 paise so if you are transffering $1000[ most common] then you will get just Rs. 250 less in Indian account which for me is totally justified when you consider that other's take 2-5 days!!

So it's upto indiavidual if they want fast service and pay for it or they want Bank/institute to enjoy their money for 4 days and get Rs 250 more.






That case happens Sometimes in any of the third party transfer sites. But I have very good experience with XOOM. Though if offers less rate compared to other ones, it does transfer in 4 hrs. Believe it or not, most of my transactions done till date happened in few mins. And again, from BankofAmerica itself. Hope you won't face this in future.

Banking Charges - Foreign Currency Cheque

Which bank charges low for foreign currency cheque for SB  Current account 

Western Union

Western Unnion is offereing  fast money transfer within 1 business day through money transfer using debit card. It is also offering good exchange rates when compared to other compnaies. The customer service is so good and they gave response to all my questions.

Referal Reward

I agree your point and I am suggesting Western Union to my friends.  But they will not give the referal reward when you refer your friend to western Union.  They try to cheat us.  But Zoom is very Honest in that matter.

Thanks a million....

"I've been using RemitLite for quite a while now and every time I sent money it always gets there on time and my relatives back home don't have a hard time picking up the money. I just love the service. I've tried western union but I m not satisfied with their service....they give my relatives a hard time claiming the money that's been sent to them and they ask for extra fee even though I already paid for the fee of sending it here in U.S. Keep up the good work and RemitLite is number one. Thanks a million....

It seems Remitlite guys

It seems Remitlite guys are writing biased reviews. I have been Remitlite customer. They have no custome service at all. They just promise you to call back, when you leqave an email to their system and if you miss the call, you have to send an email again. Also, they won't disclose $17.99 fee, which is steepest in market. It shows only on approval page. Its a kind of gimmick.  


Thanks a lot for letting us know. I was about to transfer the money & i thought of checking the reveiews beforehand & found your comment. Once again thanks

easy to use. Clear. Convenient. Remitlite ,

I'm indian, grew up in india but live in USA. Which means I have to pay doctors/dentist bills, loans in india, when I first time travel to USA I need a some et money urgently and it happens often enough that I have to send some money to a friend that lives in USA to settle my "debts" with them... and thanks to Remitlite I can do this now without paying high fees/bad rates to banks and wasting time queuing in branches. It's easy to use. Clear. Convenient. Remitlite . I truelly recommand it and will continue using it in future

best exchange rate ever

Rate is cometative with many of other exchange rate companies but it doesn't beat RemitLite in exchange rate bec they provide best exchange rate ever.I have been using RemitLite for few months now and impressed with the service and by the promotions they run.The advantage you have with RemitLite is you don't have transfer limit.You have a limit on transfer with other exchange services provider. Both of them send money in same time. and must say, their support team is equally superb.To send money very quick as compare to other providers, I would prefer RemitLite .



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