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Cash vs. credit

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Cash vs. credit


I will be visiting Galway for two days at the end of this month. We are trying to estimate how much currency to bring with us. Do most places accept credit cards or is cash preferred? Also, what would you estimate a pint of beer is in Galway or a typical, average meal?

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Cash vs. credit

A pint will cost about E 4.00

depends where you go

What your idea of an "average meal"

How long are you going to be in Ireland ?

Use a credit card for every purchase

far safer and you'll get a better conversion rate.

DON'T carry loads of cash around with you

there's no need.

Edited: 14 June 2013, 15:20
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2. Re: Cash vs. credit

Use an ATM card to take cash out as you need it. Credit cards are accepted in many but not all locations. For smaller purchases it is better to use cash.

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3. Re: Cash vs. credit

A pint is anywhere from €3 to €5.50. An average three course meal with wine for 2people would be a minimum of €50 to a max of whatever you want really. As Bean said just use and ATM, its what i do no matter where i go.

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4. Re: Cash vs. credit

Paying for drinks and a meal by card fine but paying for drinks in a bar Cash. some places will have minimum spend and some will not take cards at all, you can serve 3 people in the time it takes you to pay to process a card payment. Pub meals range up from €10/12 depending where you are, generally check the price of the soup and if it's over €5 go elsewhere menu's are generally on display before you walk in.

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5. Re: Cash vs. credit

credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants, some smaller BandBs prefer cash, but I wouldnt bring cash with you, use a debit card at an ATM for cash and a credit card for major purchases, I usually start off with around €50 on me.

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6. Re: Cash vs. credit

Yup, fifty euro more than enough.

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