Square vs PayPal

Which payment processing platform is best for your business? Our Square vs PayPal comparison will help you choose the right solution for you.

Online, on the go, over the phone, in your store.

Retail or restaurant. Beauty or bakery. Bricks and mortar, online or a bit of both. Businesses big and small choose Square over PayPal because it helps them solve their trickiest challenges.

Square can help you process all kinds of payments, any way you want, integrating seamlessly with all the tools to help you run your business. Simplicity is a necessity for any business that’s getting started. You can start taking payments without worrying about contracts or hidden fees, no matter whether you sell in person, online or on the go.

Customer relationships

Keep new and existing customers coming back with tools that grow your business.

Omnichannel solutions for your business

Business solutions to sell anywhere and get paid anytime.

Take payments anywhere

Accept in-person or online payments with Square.

Integrate with Square APIs

Leverage our APIs for online, in-app and in-person payments.

How Square compares to PayPal.*


Trustpilot scores SQUARE: 4.1 PAYPAL 1.3
Online payments cost: 1.4% + 25p for UK card transactions or 2.5% + 25p for non-UK card transactions 2.9% + 30p
In-person payments cost: 1.75% for all cards 1.75% (via Zettle)
Recurring transactions: Transaction cost Transaction cost + £20 per month
Chargeback fees: none £14
Next-business-day transfer as standard:
Instant transfers – access funds in minutes (for a fee):

Features and solutions

Buy Now, Pay Later: Yes, with Clearpay
Business financing:
Free POS App:
All-in-one till system with customer display and built-in software:
Physical and eGift cards:
Free online store:
Website templates:
Payment links:
Bespoke retail POS system:
Bespoke restaurant POS system:
Kitchen display system:
Connects with 100+ apps in the app marketplace including popular accounting, order ahead, eCommerce and booking platforms:
25+ APIs for custom online, mobile and in-person workflows:

Why businesses choose Square over PayPal.

Know what you’ll pay up-front.

With Square, what you see is what you’ll get. We keep things simple across all payment types with one price per in-person contactless or chip and PIN payment. No chargebacks or hidden fees.

Run your business, your way.

Get your online store up and running in minutes. Start a loyalty programme. Manage shifts and inventory. Features like Buy Now, Pay Later, gift cards and appointments are there if you need them.

Omnichannel features in just one platform.

Square makes switching between online and in-store a breeze – and keeps all your data in one place. From real-time reports to customer contacts, it’s all there at your fingertips so you can make accurate business decisions faster than ever before.

Hardware for selling anywhere.

We design and build our hardware in-house, so it all works together seamlessly.

Square Reader

Take contactless payments anywhere with a card reader that pairs directly with your device.

Square Terminal

Take payments, print receipts and run your business with a powerful and portable payment terminal.

Square Register

Get an all-in-one POS register with a dedicated customer display that lets you start selling straight out of the box.

Square Stand

Turn your iPad into a point of sale and take every type of payment.

Start with Square today.

Business and payments solutions that work for you.

Square business solutions.

Point-of-sale solutions

The flexible and customisable POS system built for UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.


Send digital invoices, accept and track payments.

Online booking software

An app that turns your device into an appointment scheduling powerhouse.

Marketing tools

Reach more customers and automate your campaigns.

Frequently asked questions

(by people thinking about switching from PayPal to Square)

  • Is it easy to switch and migrate from PayPal to Square?

    Switching to Square from PayPal is easier than you think. A Square implementation expert will help you set up hardware and software, connect your existing apps and services, train your staff and get the most out of Square.

    Connect with us >

  • What are the differences between PayPal and Square?

    Although Square was one of the first to sell mobile card readers and PayPal was known primarily for its online payments, they now offer similar services. It can be hard to know how to choose between them, particularly now that PayPal has its own card reader through Zettle.

    But Square offers much more than secure payment processing. Flexibility and scalability are already built in, allowing you to add features if and when you need them. Things like staff management, invoices and appointments will let you expand your business online, at the tap of a screen.

    Square easily integrates with other tools and lets you build custom experiences with our APIs and SDKs.

    Square is also known for its simple and transparent pricing with no hidden fees or nasty surprises. With Square, what you see is what you get and you only pay for what you need.

  • Can I accept PayPal payments with Square Online?

    Yes, you can accept payments with PayPal on Square Online. And with PayPal’s payment processor, you’ll have access to a more global customer base, allowing a wider range of customers to purchase from your website where their cards may not be accepted.

    Taking PayPal payments requires an upgrade on your Square Online site and this walks you through the process step by step. The only things your customers won’t be able to pay for via PayPal are appointments, gift cards and local delivery.

    Learn more about how to accept PayPal on Square Online >

  • Are Square APIs expensive?

    The opposite – they’re free to use. You just pay transaction fees when you process payments at one rate for in-person card payments at 1.75%. For online and in-app payments you pay 1.4% + 25p for transactions with UK cards and 2.5% + 25p for transactions with non-UK cards.

    Learn more about how our fees work. There are no other fees or long-term contracts. We also have custom pricing for businesses that make over £200,000 in annual sales – connect with us for more information.

  • How do I get started with Square?

    You can go from downloading Square POS to making your first sale by signing up for your free account here. Our hardware works out of the box with no configuration required. You can create your own site with our website builder on Square Online or leverage our Developer APIs to integrate with your existing website or system.

  • How do I contact someone for support?

    Our Support Centre can help with general questions, and once you have signed up for an account, you can contact our highly trained customer support team via phone or email.

Resources to keep you up to date and on top.

It’s your business. We just want to help you keep doing it.

How Square works

Square connects all sides of your business with easy-to-use tools designed to give you time to focus on what you do best.

Business types

Square business software offers solutions that are essential for all business types, no matter what shape or size.

Compare Square

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*Competitive data on this page was collected as of 22nd June 2023 and it is based on information found on paypal.com/uk. This information is subject to change or update without notice. Square does not make any representations as to the completeness or accuracy of the information on this page.