HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME WHEN TRAVELING TO EUROPE? WHAT CREDIT CARDS ARE ACCEPTED, WHERE SHOULD I GO TO GET MONEY EXCHANGED, AND MORE.
- When traveling to Europe I would bring the equivalent of $100 per day, per couple in local currency. This amount will keep you out of trouble and more than likely you will even have some leftover Euro’s which you can exchange back into USD when you get back into the USA. This money can be used for a cheap cab fare, a tip, a cold beer, a small souvenir, a sandwich and soda somewhere or an admission to a venue, subway fare, etc. Anything over $20 per person I tend to just put in on my credit card.
- Travelers Checks are almost a thing of the past and are considered “old school” by many.
- American Express is NOT widely used in Europe. You might find some locations but they are limited.
- I would suggest taking 2-3 credit cards with you, and different types, such as Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.
- If you plan on using your credit cards at ATM’s for money withdrawals make sure you have a PIN number to do so.
- Advise your bank and/or credit card companies that you will be traveling to Europe during this time so they don’t cancel your card due to suspicious activity while you are in the middle of your vacation. That really adds unnecessary frustration to your trip.
- The best locations that I’ve found for money exchange are the money exchange companies located at the international airport terminals. From my experience they have the best exchange rate around and they will even buy back your unused Euro’s from you when arriving back into the U.S.
I hope that helps with your planning.