Spain is a member of the European Union (EU). In 2002 the euro was implemented as the common currency for most EU member countries. For the traveller, this means one can move from many EU countries to the next without stopping to exchange currency. Note: Not all EU countries have adopted the euro as their currency.
Notes can be found in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500-euro denominations. Spain currency
Coins start with the 1-cent piece and end with the 2 euro piece.
|The denomination side of euro coins is the same in all EU currency countries. The image on the face side of the coin varies correspondingly with the EU country that released the coin into circulation. Spain currency
Best way to exchange money: Spain currency
In the past, the best place to exchange money was a bank ATM machine but some banks are now adding a 3% fee on to foreign ATM withdrawals . Make certain your bankcard is of the four PIN number type; this is the standard in Spain. ATMs in Spain are compatible with the Cirrus or Plus system. If you have any doubts about the usability of your ATM card, contact you bank prior to leaving. You might also want to check with your bank to ask about their fee structure on international exchanges. Spain currency
Bank ATM machines can be found in the lobby area of both the Madrid and Barcelona International Airports.
Credit Cards are another way to exchange money in Spain , either through withdrawing cash or by making a purchase. It is a good idea to check your credit card policy for fees related to international exchanges and cash money withdrawals. Even with fees, credit card purchases usually provide a better rate of exchange than a street cambio (exchange) vendor does.
Note - there are two levels of fees, VISA and MASTER card charge a 1% fee on all transactions but some banks then add their own 1-3% fee. There are banks that charge no additional fees for credit cards use over seas, it is these no additional charge banks you want to get a credit card from. Spain currency
Traveller cheques - In these days of ATM's and credit cards, the old fashion, paper, traveller cheques are not very usefully. If the paper traveller cheques are in the currency of the country you are visiting, you might find they are accepted by individual shops, but even this is becoming rare. As back up money for emergencies, Travellers cheques may still have a role. The best place to cash or exchange travellers cheques are in the offices of the company that issued them, American Express, Thomas Cook, etc. Finding Branch offices of the issuing traveller cheque is not always convenient if not at times impossible. Banks will cash traveller cheques for an additional fee. The newer traveller cheques come in the form of a bank card. The card is used just like a credit card but you charge the card using real cash before leaving home. I have no experience with the bank card variety of traveller cheques. Spain currency
Spanish Banks - If you have cash to exchange check the street 'Cambio' (money exchange) vender fees and then try a Spanish Bank. You will be hit by currency exchange fees at a Spanish bank but, in my case, the clerks always seem to feel so bad at charging so much for the exchange. Historically Spanish bank exchange fees have been less than the street money exchange shops. Spain currency
Given the current fee system on bank and credit cards the 'Cambio' venders may now be competitive. As all things in travel, the old rules may no longer apply when it comes to exchanging your money in to local currency.
Courtesy of www.travellinginspain.com
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