The best fee-free 0% balance transfer cards

The best fee-free 0% balance transfer cards

Our pick of the best fee-free 0% balance transfer credit cards for those who want a truly free way to shift debt.

lovemoney staff

Banking and Borrowing

lovemoney staff
Updated on 18 April 2024

If you want to shift debt to a ‘0%’ balance transfer credit card, you're usually asked to pay a percentage of the debt upfront in the form of a transfer fee, which is the lender's way of guaranteeing it makes some money off you.

The longest interest-free deals on the market (up to 28 months at the time of publishing) generally charge hefty fees of around 3%. To put that in monetary terms, you could end up paying a fee of £90 if you’re looking to switch a £3,000 debt.

While using a balance transfer card is far cheaper than letting debt rack up costly interest, there is an even cheaper option out there.

Fee-free balance transfer cards allow you to move debt without paying a penny. But what's the catch?

The 0% periods on offer are understandably shorter than their fee-charging rivals but will buy you vital time to clear, or reduce, your debt without paying an extra penny.

In this article, we look at the truly free balance transfer cards on the market.

Please note that these cards are generally reserved for those with the best credit score and a minimum annual income is usually required.

The best fee-free cards available right now

Credit card

0% period on balance transfers

Representative APR after 0% period ends

NatWest/RBS Balance Transfer Card*

 13 months


Santander Everyday No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card**         12 months                 23.9%

Barclaycard Balance Transfer Card***

Up to 12 months


*No balance transfer fee applies to transfers in the first three months of account opening.

**No balance transfer fee applies to transfers in the first 12 months of account opening.

***No balance transfer fee applies to transfers in the first two months of account opening.

NatWest/RBS currently has the longest fee-free deal at 13 months. On top of this, you'll also receive three months interest-free on new purchases.

The next most attractive deal is with Santander, which offers 0% for 12 months. Again, you'll receive a three-month interest-free period on purchases.

Will you qualify for the best deals?

As you can imagine, you’ve got to have a stellar credit rating to get the best deal. 

If your score is poor, it’s a good idea to give it a boost. Find out more with this guide to improving your credit rating.

Still not found the right card for you? View our complete guide to credit cards to see all your options.

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