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Travel advise: payments in Europe
Jet off well-informed to Europe. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in the Eurozone.
Absolutely. You can pay with a UK card in Europe without any problems. Nearly all vendors will accept Visa and Mastercard credit and debit card payments.
Contactless payments are also widely supported in the EU. The maximum amount varies per country: €15 in Slovenia; €20 in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, and Slovakia; €25 in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands; €30 in France and Ireland; and €50 in Finland.
Under European Union regulations, vendors are not allowed to charge for card payments in the EU. However some vendors may require a minimum transaction value before accepting card payments.
If you are going to pay by card in the Eurozone: Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks often don't have that great EUR to GBP rates for card payments abroad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Europe, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It's certainly useful to have Euro banknotes on you when you travel to the Eurozone. Not only is cash a great fallback option, giving you peace of mind, cash remains a reliable and popular method of payment that puts you in control of the exchange rate.
You'll need cash in Europe for taxi rides, highway toll boots, shopping on local markets, making small purchases, tipping and on festivals.
Prices vary widely in the 19 countries of the Eurozone. Generally, prices are cheaper in Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. For a coffee, expect to pay around €2 to €2.50 EUR. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around €30 - €40 on average, but as mentioned prices vary widely.
Tipping in Europe is generally the same as tipping in the UK: If you're eating or drinking out and you enjoy the service it's customary to leave a tip of around 10%.
Banknotes in Europe
The Euro banknotes were recently updated. The second version Euro banknotes circulate alongside the first version, both types are still valid and legal tender.
€500 EUR banknotes are no longer issued but they remain valid. However most shopkeepers won't accept the €200 or €500 banknotes for payments. This is also the case for service stations, where the highest accepted banknote is the €100 bill.
The Euro banknotes in use in the 19 countries of the Eurozone are those of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 EUR.
Coins in Europe
European coins range from 1c to €2. Did you get back from Europe with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Euro coins back to cash.
The EU's currency import and export regulations
Travelers need to declare currency with a value over €10,000 EUR when they arrive in the EU, or depart from the EU.
Ordering Euros online
Order Euros online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Euros online.
Selling back Euros
If you have Euros to sell, follow this link to exchange Euros to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'EUR Euro'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Euros.