Best Place to Buy Euros

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Where is the best place to buy euros for an upcoming European vacation?

 

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a-1535487975 Aug 28, 2018 01:26 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Use your debit card at an ATM when you land in the EU to withdraw a large amount of Euros. They'll change you a one time fee but the rate is generally good. Don't just withdraw a small amount (<100 Euro) as the one time fee will make it not economical. Buying Euros locally or at those airport exchange windows is generally a bad deal.

oops Aug 28, 2018 01:34 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

+1 on that recommendation. Also, if you are trying to unload your Euro's before you fly back- pay off part of your hotel balance with your excess cash

Resident Aug 29, 2018 08:58 AM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Agree. Brombal is the best and quickest way to go so that you can avoid the money changers in the airports, etc. which charge large fees. And check to see if your bank has an affiliate in the country where you are going. If so, many waive the ATM fees.

CS805 Aug 28, 2018 03:09 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

I go to Brombal and get enough local cash to get me to my hotel and through a day or two. Then pull from ATMs

Z Aug 28, 2018 03:10 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Let your bank and card companies know when you'll be travelling so they don't balk at the exotic locale of your cash call.

PitMix Aug 28, 2018 04:15 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Make sure your debit card is euro friendly and that your bank is connected to a euro bank. Euro banks use 4 digit PINs, at least that's what I was told. Can't have a 0 as the first digit.

a-1535514829 Aug 28, 2018 08:53 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

US banks also use 4 digit PINs... at least mine does and it's one of the majors.

CoastWatch Aug 28, 2018 06:02 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

DON'T use the ATM's @ the Airport(s), DO use your ATM card to obtain Euro's IN TOWN... Depending on what EU country you are visiting, make sure you have a CHIP for your credit card. Also, notify your bank and credit card companies prior to leaving where you will be visiting... Be fore warned that there are some countries like The Netherlands that does not readily accept credit cards at stores, but take them in Hotels...

a-1535505055 Aug 28, 2018 06:10 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Just a handy tip to consider: on the last day of our trips we always take out 7-800 euros so we will have them already on hand for our next trip to the EU...saves us a lot of time and headaches!!

a-1535509024 Aug 28, 2018 07:17 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Call your bank! I've had 3 banks that have changed me for euros, minimal fee. For sure wells fargo has this for customers

oceandrew Aug 28, 2018 08:58 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Hey.... have a wonderful time regardless of whether you leave home with a pocket full of euros or not and have to get your first handful when you land.

Connie Green Aug 29, 2018 08:10 AM
Best Place to Buy Euros

I buy mine at Chase for the best conversion rate. It takes 1 to 2 business days for them to receive them. I also try to bring back a few hundred Euros with me, but that's always a risk with the conversion rate so don't buy too many.

Concerned4Calif Aug 29, 2018 08:24 AM
Best Place to Buy Euros

I once travel to Paris and bought Euros in 3 places in a row. The worst was the currency exchange in the airport, then the hotel. The best rate was the ATM also in the airport. Not all bank cards do this, some charge a fee. The schwab card does not charge a fee and you get the right rate. Local banks ( here in the US) charge too much.

conniemara Aug 29, 2018 09:30 AM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Paul Brombal state st. Make sure you tell your bank you are traveling for cc and atm use. Have fun. Ciao from Sicily

TheKid5 Aug 29, 2018 10:01 AM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Do not buy foreign money overseas; especially at booths on the streets, airports, train stations, bus depots and on cruise ships! You will be legally robbed by the exchange rate. If you go to Mexico, you will got about 15 Pesos to the US Dollar last week at the airport of any city. At Paul Brombal, here in Santa Barbara, the quoted rate was over 18 Pesos to the US Dollar. I rest my case.

Rto Aug 29, 2018 02:41 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

The ATM at your destination. You get the current exchange rate for that day, a tiny markup (maybe?) and a small one-time fee. Buy as much as you need for your entire trip or whatever amount you feel comfortable carrying around. Use credit cards whenever possible unless your cc company charges an extra fee for foreign transactions (good to check before you go). Bon Voyage!

beachsong Aug 29, 2018 04:33 PM
Best Place to Buy Euros

Another vote for Paul Brombal on State Street, parking in the back. We usually get $50-$60 worth enough for a taxi ,1st day of food, emergency. Europe is full of ATMs where you will get your best exchange rate. Chase Sapphire, American Express don't charge exchange fees. Call your credit card companies to make sure they won't charge you a transaction fee.