Airports are the worst places to change money and exchanging cash for cash is the worst way to do it.
Get cash from an ATM with your debit card in Ireland and pay for major purchases with a credit card. Let your bank know you are travelling.
Nobody does currency exchange anymore unless you are in a jam-up or worse. Just use the ATM and save bundles.
You will have to post on the Amsterdam forum
good advice from other posters...don't bring a bundle of u.s. currency as that is the worst exchange rate you can get.....when you land just go to the atm machine and get some euros and that will be your best exchange rate.....what ever you do, DO NOT use the bureau de change as that is even worse than changing u.s. dollars for euros at a bank.....
if you do decide you are going to bring cash make sure you don't bring anything bigger than a $20 bill, $100 bills will not be accepted, period....
I would just add one thing. The ATMs at the Dublin airport charge a higher rate then most of the ATM locations anywhere else. I would recommend getting only 50 or 100 euros at the Dublin airport so you can cover your initial transportation expenses into the city, and then stop and get more later. ATMs will offer you the best exchange, but as another poster suggested, make sure you notify your bank when you are traveling.
If you want to have some euros to start vacation try you local AAA office. As a member,for no fee, I was able to get USD exchanged for euros at current rate for the day of transaction. However, it is not advisable to carry large amts of cash when traveling. Use credit cards (if no surcharge added....did see this more frequently during my 2014 trip) or local ATMs. And as advised...notify cc issuer of your travel plan/destination
gosh cardinalslady, I don't think the atms at Dublin airport charge more....I've gotten euros there every time and then 2-3 days later gotten them from a bank atm and it was within just a few cents of the Dublin atm, sometimes less/more but that's to be expected with the rate changing daily.....maybe I am just lucky but I don't think so.....
The ATM's don't do the exchange - it's Visa or MC. Just read the appropriate web page e.g …visa.com/personal/card-benefits/travel/exch…
You'll also need to know the fee % that your bank adds on!
My plan is to bring a little Euro as well as Sterling so I hit the road armed with some cash. we do intend on being in the UK (northern Ireland) the first day so I do need sterling, the rest I hear is best taken out of an ATM, the CU we use will charge no fee for the first 3 transactions, so we will raise the ATM limit to 1000.00 prior to leaving on the trip. as well as notifying the Bank and CC company we will be in Ireland.
No need to take Euros or Sterling. Take USD cash for emergency (like your card not working) and don't exchange except in emergency. Get cash out of ATM on arrival at airport.