How to wire money with Wells Fargo

Wire transfers are one of the fastest ways to send and receive money internationally or within the US.

This is especially true if you are a US immigrant and want to send international bank transfers to friends and family abroad.

This post will walk you through every step of bank transfers with Wells Fargo Bank. You will also learn how long it takes and what fees to expect when transferring money online.

Wells Fargo Wire Transfer

Wells Fargo offers customers several ways to send money through the Wells Fargo Online program. This service allows you to send domestic money transfers to over 200 countries around the world online or via the Wells Fargo mobile app.

Wells Fargo domestic wire transfer

If you are planning to send money to anyone within the US, Wells Fargo may seem like a good idea as it offers online options. Just like sending a check, Wells Fargo Zelle allows you to transfer money to someone using their email address or phone number.

Depending on your recipient’s bank, they can receive the money in minutes. In addition, there are currently no transaction fees applicable to customers making Wells Fargo Zelle transfers. This is much easier and cheaper than the traditional money transfer route².

Wells Fargo wiring instructions

If you’d rather send money anyway, there are just a few steps to get started.

  1. Log in to Wells Fargo Online first
  2. Select the Transfer & Pay option and sign up for bank transfers online to initiate a bank transfer.
  3. Choose your recipient, your savings account and the amount (along with additional information required for certain countries).
  4. Review and submit your payment.

After you have filled in all your personal and bank details, you will also need the details of the recipient of the transfer to process the transfer.

This includes the recipient’s name, BAN (payee account number), full address and bank details. There is also a section for intermediate bank details that can be filled in.

Wells Fargo International Money Transfer

To send money abroad, you’ll also need instructions for international transfers:

  • Name of the bank
  • SWIFT / BIC code: You can check the correct BIC / SWIFT code here
  • Transit number for routing
  • Bank address, city and state
  • beneficiary account number
  • Name of the payee
  • International Route Code (IRC) for certain countries, i.e. (classification code, IFSC code, national identification, etc.)
  • Reason for payment for certain countries

Likewise, if you want to receive money from abroad into your Wells Fargo bank account, you must provide the sender with your own international Wells Fargo bank transfer information.

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Wells Fargo address for wire transfers

Field Description
Wells Fargo international wire transfer SWIFT code WFBIUS6S
Routing Transit Number 121000248
Wells Fargo address Wells Fargo, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Beneficiary Account Number Your complete Wells Fargo account number (including leading zeros)
Beneficiary Name The name of your account as it appears on your statement
Beneficiary Address Your full address

Some banks also ask for your bank’s address. You can enter the address of the bank branch where you opened your account.

Learn more about Wells Fargo routing numbers.

Wire transfer fees for Wells Fargo

Now that you know how, how much does Wells Fargo charge for wire transfers? The costs for the first transfer are stated on the online transfer request form. However, you can expect to pay the following bank transfer fees with Wells Fargo.

Type of transaction Fees⁴
Incoming Domestic Wire $15
Outgoing Domestic Wire $30
Incoming International Wire $16
Outgoing International Wire Fees will be disclosed once you set up the transfer)

To make sure you really know what you’re getting before committing, compare the exchange rate to the exchange rate offered using a comparison tool; This way you can see how much your international transfer actually costs you.

How long does a wire transfer take with Wells Fargo?

It can take 1-3 business days to fully process a wire transfer at Wells Fargo. Sending money to another Wells Fargo customer can take up to 24 hours. All other non-Wells Fargo transfers may take 2-3 business days.

Wells Fargo Cutoff times:

Cut-off times are displayed at all locations. The closing time for most Wells Fargo ATMs is 9pm. local time. The cut-off time for deposits with the Wells Fargo Mobile app is 9:00 PM. Pacific time.

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