Currency conversion in Google spreadsheets

This is pretty useful and I can never remember the exact syntax, so here it is for me (and now you) to remember.

In a Google spreadsheet, you can do an online currency conversion that looks up the exchange rate in real time, making my life much easier.

For example to get EUR to GBP just type


(note: if you copy and paste this and get an error, replace the quotation marks ( ” ) with your own. For some reason the blog template sometimes changes the quote symbol into it’s own format. I think I’ve fixed it but just in case…)

which will give you the rate ( you can then use that to convert existing cells to whatever currency you wish)

This makes it really easy to build an expense forecasting sheet like this that auto updates the exchange rate



date description amount EUR amount ZAR amount GBP


06/10/2009 Hotel Prince de Galles, Paris € 258.10   £232


08/10/2009 Butcher Shop and Grill, Johannesburg   R 5,346.00 £432


21/10/2009 Taxi – Amsterdam € 10.00   £9


21/10/2009 Helicopter: Monaco € 134.00   £120


01/11/2009 Hotel Monaco € 756.89   £679


02/11/2009 Lunch Cafe Royale € 324.00   £291




  Total     £1,762

8 thoughts on “Currency conversion in Google spreadsheets

    • yes – I just checked and it seems that when I applied a new theme to my blog it changed the ” character… so when you copy and paste the code, replace the ” with your own ” – thanks for pointing this out I’ll try and fix the text format in the post

  1. Hello, I just noticed that this funcion does not return the value but the convertion rate, so in my case when y was converting 32000 COP to USD I had to multiply the result of this function by 32000 to get the correct value that shows google.

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