Instant Access Current Accounts

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In most cases current accounts provide instant access, which means you do not have to agree to notify your bank or building society when you wish to withdraw funds and there are no penalties for doing so. Typically you can withdraw your money anytime with an ATM card or directly from the cashier or online if you have access to internet banking. Current accounts with instant access allow a fast-paced cash flow to exist, with in-comings and out-goings coming and going as they please.


The tables on this page are designed to make the task of comparing different instant access current accounts much simpler:

Latest Current Account Deals
 AccountInterest (AER)Overdraft RateFunding Required*Fee pmFeaturesApply
5.0%*0% for 12 months£1,000 per monthN/A5.0% IN-CREDIT INTEREST on balances up to £2,500 for the first year.More Info >

Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account

  • *5.0% AER fixed (4.89% gross pa) in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500 for the first 12 months
  • No monthly account fee
  • Paperless statements 
  • Visa Debit card and chequebook option
  • Manage your account online, by phone or in branch
  • Mobile app
  • No fees on arranged overdrafts for the first 12 months 
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Overdraft charge of 50p per day after the first 12 months
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month, from an external source (i.e. not another Nationwide account)
3.0%*0% for first £250No minimum £133.0% INTEREST on balances up to £2,500More Info >

Nationwide FlexPlus Current Account

  • *3.0% AER fixed (2.96% gross pa) in-credit interest on balances up to £2,500 
  • £13 monthly account fee
  • No fees on arranged overdrafts up to £250  
  • UK & Europe Breakdown Cover
  • Worldwide family travel insurance  
  • Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Overdraft charge of 50p per day after the first 3 months
  • 0% interest on balances over £2,500 

 

1.50%*Up to £3 per day£500 per month£5 pm*1.50% AER (variable) on your entire balance up to £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills.More Info >

Santander 123 Current Account

  • *1.50% AER (variable) payable on your entire balance up to £20,000
  • Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on water, council tax bills and Santander mortgage payments, 2% on gas and electricity bills, and 3% on mobile phone, home phone, broadband and paid-for TV packages
  • Visa Debit Card
  • Mobile app
  • Must be 18 or older and a UK resident
  • Interest and Cashback only available when you set up at least two eligible Direct Debits 
  • Monthly fee of £5
  • Must pay a minimum of £500 into the account each month
N/A0% for first 3 monthsNo minimum N/A3 months interest-free overdraft and no monthly account feeMore Info >

Nationwide FlexAccount Current Account

  • Everyday current account
  • No monthly account fee
  • No fees on arranged overdraft for first 3 months
  • Free mobile banking app
  • 0% interest on any balance 
  • 18.9% EAR overdraft charge after the first 3 months (capped at maximum £5 per month)
  • Must be 18 or older

 

N/A0% for first £250No minimumFree if funding £1,000 or £10 below £1,000Switch your current account and you'll get a free gift worth up to £150. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. Satisfaction guarantee - £100 if you leave within 6 monthsMore Info >

First Direct 1st Current Account

  • A current account that works together with your life
  • Switch your current account and you'll get a free gift worth up to £150
  • £250 free of overdraft interest
  • Comes with satisfaction guarantee - if you leave within 6 months you'll get £100
  • Mobile banking on the go with app
  • Beautifully designed Internet Banking service
  • Award winning customer service from real people answering your calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Switch using the Current Account Switch Service and deposit £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Account T&Cs apply
  • Must pay a minimum of £1,000 into the account each month to qualify for free banking and offers

Lower Interest in an Instant Access Current Account

It is usually the case that instant access current accounts have low interest rates, especially lower than that of savings accounts. This is why it is a good idea to have a savings account as well as an instant access current account. If you have access to internet banking it is often possible to set up a linked account where surplus funds can be transferred into your savings account.