Compare the best prepaid credit cards

  - Take control of your spending! Prepaid credit cards can't get you into debt, so they're great if you've had trouble getting a bank account.

Compare the Best Prepaid Cards For Everyday Use

 Transaction FeesMonthly FeesIssue FeesATM ChargesCredit Builder OptionAdditional Information 
 
Cashplus Gold - Premier
Cashplus Gold - Premier
NilNilNil£0.99No
  • Post Office
  • Internet
  • Wages paid in
  • BACS
  • Authorised partner store
Proceed
Net+
Net+
NilNilNil£3.00No
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Internet
  • Bank Account
  • Ukash
  • POLi vouchers
Proceed
Orange Cash Card
Orange Cash Card
NilNil£5.002.95%No
  • Paypoint
  • Post Office
  • Online - Debit Card
  • Online - Credit Card
  • Wages paid in
  • Orange Store
Proceed
Kalixa
Kalixa
NilNil£6.95£1.75No
  • Online Debit Card
  • Online Credit Card
  • Internet
  • Bank Account
  • Wages
  • Standing Order
  • Authorised partner store
Proceed
Prepaid Financial Services
Prepaid Financial Services
Nil£1.00£8.951.50% (Min £1, Max £3.75)No
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Payzone
  • Internet
  • Bank Account
  • SMS Text
  • Wages/Benefits
  • Standing Order
Proceed
Spark
Spark
Nil£2.50£10£1.50No
  • Post Office
  • Payzone
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Wages/Benefits
  • Bank Account
  • Internet
  • Card to card transfer
Proceed
Virgin Prepaid MasterCard PAYM
Virgin Prepaid MasterCard PAYM
Nil£4.75£9.95£1.50No
  • Bank Account
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Wages/Benefits
  • Standing Order
  • Post Office
  • Paypoint
Proceed
Cashplus Gold - Activeplus
Cashplus Gold - Activeplus
Nil£4.95£4.95£0.99Yes
  • Post Office
  • Internet
  • Wages
  • BACS
  • Authorised partner store
Proceed
Clearcash Pay Monthly
Clearcash Pay Monthly
Nil£9.95£4.95£0.50Yes
  • Paypoint
  • Post Office
  • Instore
  • Bank Account
  • Standing Order
Proceed
Pockit Pay As You Go
Pockit Pay As You Go
£0.45Nil£5.00£1.50No
  • Paypoint
  • Post Office
  • Internet - Credit Card
  • Internet - Debit Card
  • BACS
Proceed
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T24 Black
T24 Black
Nil1.80%$170NilNo
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Priority Pass
  • Travel insurance (including medical)
Proceed
Bread
Bread
2.00%Nil£7.50 (£10 if paying by SMS)£1.50No
  • Bank Account
  • Paypoint
  • Post Office
  • Standing Order
  • Wages
  • 24/7 SMS/Web balance updates
  • Up to 4 extra cards for friends & family
Proceed
ClearCash Pay As You Go Mastercard
ClearCash Pay As You Go Mastercard
2.5%Nil£4.95£0.75 UK / £1.50 AbroadYes provided by APS
  • Min Age: 18
  • Up to 4 additional cardholders from age 13
  • Top Up:
  • Post Office - £0.99
  • Cashplus Store - FREE
  • Bank Transfer / Salary / Benefits/ Standing Order – FREE
Proceed
Last Updated: Thursday 27 March 2014 16:03

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How to choose the best prepaid card

Our prepaid cards chart is ordered by the lowest UK transaction fee, lowest monthly fee, then lowest application fee.

Prepaid cards are not a form of credit – you can only spend money that you’ve previously put onto the card. They work in a very similar way to pay-as-you-go mobile phones – once you’ve used up the money on the card you can’t spend on it again until you “top-up”.

There are Visa or MasterCard options to choose from, both of which are widely accepted.

Prepaid cards are ideal for:
• People who have had debt problems (including those who have an IVA or who have been made bankrupt)
• Students
• Young people
• People who are unable to get a UK bank account

Some providers even offer a “Credit Builder” option which can help improve or re-build your credit score.

Most cards will allow your wages to be paid to the prepaid card directly, as well as offering a number of other ways to top-up, these include:
• Bank account transfer
• Debit or credit card payment
• Standing order
• Internet
• Post Office
• SMS text

Make sure the method you would like to top-up by is one of those accepted by the prepaid card provider, before applying.

One downside to prepaid cards is that they can charge a lot in the way of different fees. Look for cards with low monthly fees as well as prepaid cards that don’t charge transaction fees. Most will charge you for using an ATM, so if you prefer to withdraw cash than use your card for purchases, be sure to select a card with a lower fee.

What next?

Learn how prepaid cards can be a convenient way to control spending

Read about the advantages and disadvantages of prepaid cards

Prepaid Card Types

Prepaid Everyday CardsPrepaid Everyday Cards
Preload your card with money that you already have so you only spend what you have.

Prepaid Travel Money CardsPrepaid Travel Money Cards
Preload them with foreign currency before you travel so you know how much you have to spend abroad.

Business Prepaid CardsBusiness Prepaid Cards
Need a payment option for staff, but don’t want a credit card?

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