What is the Cheapest Way to Send Money to Indonesia?

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Do you know how much it will cost you to send 1,000 dollars from the US to Indonesia?

The amount varies, but it can be from 10 dollars up to 150 dollars. Such huge differences stem from the services you choose for the purpose. If you want to avoid paying high charges and hidden exchange rate fees, take a look at the tables below.

Next time you have to send money to Indonesia from the US, Western Europe, Canada or Australia, you’ll know what the best method is. Keep in mind that some of the stated services have limitations. For example, in the US Ria Money transfer is the cheapest way to send money to Indonesia. It is available only from the United States and not the other way around. OFX offers good prices for money transfers, but you have to send at least 500 dollars.

What transfer methods do we use at Time Doctor?

We have a remote team with people in 19 different countries around the world. The two transfer methods we use the most are:

  • Payoneer – very convenient for sending and receiving. They are also one of the few methods that works to receive money in almost every country and the receiver can get their money on a debit card and withdraw from an ATM. They also have an option for direct transfer to the receiver’s bank account. They also have a $50 bonus if you receive more than $100 through this method.
  • TransferWise – is a new kind of financial company that you can use to transfer money internationally at a very low cost. Their system is based on local bank account transfers, which makes transfers abroad cheaper than what banks or other providers charge. They charge a small upfront fee between 0.5% and 2% for transactions, depending on the route.
Table 1 – Sending $1000 from the US to Indonesia
Transfer MethodStated fees to send $1000 USD Hidden currency conversion costTotal costTime for the transfer to arrive
OFX (previously USForex)*$0$7.5$7.51-2 days
TransferWise$15$0$151-2 days
Ria Money Transfer (slow)$5$12$173-5 days
XE Trade$0$24$243-5 days
Ria Money Transfer (fast)$15$12$27Minutes
Payoneer$3$28$313-5 days
WorldRemit*$14$25$393-5 days
Transfast (slow)$5$36$413-5 days
Xpress Money$18$26$443-5 days
MoneyGram (slow)$25$25$503-5 days
Western Union (slow)$25$37$623-5 days
Transfast (fast)$30$36$66Minutes
Wire transfer$25-55$10-30$35-853-5 days
MoneyGram (fast)$81$25$106Minutes
Western Union (fast)$81$37$118Minutes
Travelex$0$154$1543-5 days

Notes:

  • WorldRemit is offering their services only from the following states of US:
    District of Columbia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
  • If you’re not sure what I mean by “hidden currency exchange fees” check out our explanation in this article.
  • The fees for wire transfers are estimates and vary from bank to bank.
  • Minimum transfer of $500 for OFX (previously USForex).
Table 2: Sending Money to Indonesia from Different Countries. The TOTAL Cost in Percentages including the HIDDEN currency exchange fees.
Transfer MethodFrom the USFrom the UKFrom CanadaFrom Western EuropeFrom Australia
OFX (previously USForex), UKForex, CanadianForex, OFX (previously OzForex)0.75%0.75%0.75%0.75%0.75%
TransferWise1.5%1.5%1.5%1.5%1.5%
Bamboo ExchangeNot availableNot availableNot availableNot available1.5%
Ria Money Transfer1.7%Not availableNot availableNot availableNot available
Kangaroo ServiceNot availableNot availableNot availableNot available1.9%
OrbitRemitNot available1.6%Not availableNot available2.7%
XE Trade2.4%2.3%1.4%2.2%2.3%
Payoneer3.1%Not availableNot availableNot availableNot available
WorldRemit3.9%3.1%3.3%3.9%2.8%
Transfast4.1%Not available3.3%Not availableNot available
AzimoNot available3.2%Not available4.1%Not available
Xpress Money4.4%4.3%4.9%6.8%7.8%
Western Union6.2%3%5.9%2.8%8.8%
Exchange4freeNot available4.6%4.8%4.6%4.5%
Wire transfer2.5 – 5.5%2 – 4.5%2.5 – 5.5%2 – 4.5%3 – 6.5%
MoneyGram5%9.9%8.7%8.1%7.1%
Travelex15.4%9.6%15%15.4%9%

Note:

  • OFX (previously OzForex) is a good option for sending larger amounts of money and their exchange rate fee goes down for larger amounts.
  • Minimum transfer of $500/£500 for OFX/CanadianForex/UKForex.

Other articles that might interest you:

Transferring Money with TransferWise
What’s the Cheapest Way to Send Money to India?
Compare Hidden Exchange Fees When Sending Money to Bangladesh

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  1. I used Transferwise for sending my to Bali and worked perfectly. I love their service and didn’t expect them to be available in Indonesia.

  2. Terima kasih, we need to save money while transfer. Banks make lot money from us. Hope we find good options soon. My find till now is
    transferwise.com/u/fc49f4
    as it gives you fee free conversion service. Enjoy from me, also share to friends for benfit. I not affiliated to provider, using the service and had no problem. Hati hati.

  3. I think your table is outdated or even incorrect. I regurarly send money using Western Union for years and later Worldremit for the past 2 years. The column with hidden cost triggered me as I was in the assumption that Worldremit was a good deal. As of today I compared Forex with Worldremit and this is the outcome for sending 350 Euro:
    Forex 5.361.436 Rp
    Worldremit 5.631.488 Rp
    I am about to get away from Worldremit as I think they are not responsive to my calls/ emails and they are not willing to give promocode so sometimes I just missed by 1 day which is stupid as I am a regular client. What I also found is that currently transfering from my bank is even as competitive as with these moneytransfer companies. The only drawback is the error margins. If you just slighly put a wrong bankcode and/or branch code, they will return the money but with extra fees which can be 50 Euro at times. So you don’t get the money there but you loose 80 Euro’s: 15 to send, 50 ‘fine’ and another 15 should you want to try again on an amount around 400 Euro’s

  4. Great info.

    I am trying to send money from Oz to a local Indonesian bank. Adi says PayPal is the most commonly used way.
    Can you give me any more details pls
    Thx

    1. You can use PayPal, the fee is usually 4% plus there is no method to withdraw locally in Indonesia so they would need to find a way to receive the money to their bank account. I would check out the other options in the post.

  5. I just know 3 transfer method that commonly used by Indonesian.
    1. Wire Transfer
    2. Western Union
    3. MoneyGram

    wire transfer & western union is available almost in every place and we just see MoneyGram in big cities.

    Then like what I said, forgot about another transfer method except my list above.

    Ah, and one thing. The most commonly payment method that used from another country to Indonesia is PayPal.

    cheers

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