Our Cash Account is our most basic bank account. You get the flexibility of using a card for payments and it's a great option for those who like to keep things simple.
Just pop into the store – no appointment needed. We’ll even print your bank card there and then.
All Metro Bank cards support contactless payments. Just tap on the reader at the till and you’re done.
No direct debits for this account and limits on cash withdrawals.
We’re up front with our customers about everything. We’ve created this handy summary of our Cash Account key features so you can see the important information from the get-go.
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You can apply to open a Cash Account if:
If you’re aged between 11 and 15, please come in store with your parent or guardian to open a Cash Account. Read through section 3 of our list of what you need to make sure you bring the right documents.
You can withdraw a maximum of £300 a day from cash machines using your cash card. You can also take money out in store – a maximum of £300 a day if you’re aged between 11 and 15 and up to £1,000 if you’re 16 or over.
If you want to withdraw more than £1,000 you’ll need to give us one weekday's notice.
You can now choose to receive alerts from your Metro Bank mobile banking app every time your credit or debit cards are used to make a transaction. This includes payments in shops, online purchases and cash machine withdrawals. Find out more
You can make Faster Payments in store, over the phone, via your Internet Banking or using the latest version of our Mobile Banking app. CHAPS payments can be made in store or over the phone and if the payment is made before 2pm on any working day it will usually reach the recipient on the same day. CHAPS payments made after 3pm will mean that the recipient receives your payment the next working day.
Cheques normally take 4 working days to process. If you’d like to know how quickly you can withdraw your funds after a cheque has been paid into your account you can take a look at our cheque clearance guide.
Important: Cheques will begin to be processed as soon as they are received by a bank, which could be on the same day as it’s written. Please ensure you have enough money in your account to cover all your payments, including cheques, to avoid becoming overdrawn.
To keep it simple there are some restrictions on how you use this account.
Limited transactions – you can pay into your Cash Account however you like, but you can’t set up direct debits. You can only pay for purchases online in GBP
Download our PDF to read when you like - it contains all the ins and outs of our Cash Account.
There are a few different ways you can pay money into your Metro Bank account, the fastest being a payment from one bank to another. You can also deposit a cheque or pay cash* into your account at your nearest store.
*Please note that you may be asked additional questions about the source of funds to help keep your money safe.
We’ve introduced limits on the amount of cash customers can pay into their Metro Bank account each day.
*If you are depositing foreign currency into a ‘regular’ GBP or a Foreign Currency Account, this will be the GBP equivalent of the above limits using the exchange rate on the day of the deposit
The new cash deposit limit for Commercial Current Accounts won’t be introduced until early 2023. If you have this type of account, your Relationship Manager will be in touch nearer the time to discuss the new limit with you.
Changes to who can pay in cash
To pay cash into a Metro Bank account you must either:
You can only exchange cash over the counter if you’re a Metro Bank customer.
The Cash account is our simple, basic bank account. It covers all your day-to-day needs, but doesn’t provide overdrafts or Direct Debit payments.
You can buy things online, in GBP only. Using your cash card outside the UK is limited too.
These limits help you keep track of what you’re spending and there’s less chance of going overdrawn.
If you need an account with more features, you may want to take a look at our Current Account
We’ve made it really easy to open an account with Metro Bank. Just come in to one of our stores with your proof of ID. There’s no need for an appointment. You’ll be able to use your account straight away and we’ll print your bank card and cheque book there and then.
There are some restrictions on how you can use your card outside the UK. You can use your cash card to withdraw money and make payments outside the UK where the Link logo is shown on cash machines. At the moment, this is in France, Gibraltar, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Payments over the internet can be made in GBP only.
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