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ATM machines?

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ATM machines?

I am hoping not to carry alot of euros on me and plan to take money every few days from an atm machine. Are they easy to find and in a lot of areas? Thanks

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1. Re: ATM machines?

Yes, they are all over in the areas you are most likely to be.

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2. Re: ATM machines?

On your card there should be some symbols of the systems your ATM card will work with. "Star" and "Plus" are ones that will work in Europe. If your card does not show these symbols, it probably won't work.

You must have a 4 digit access code. 5 digit codes won't work in Europe. If you have a 5 digit code you probably can get it changed. Call your bank and see.

Also you want to memorize your code as numbers not letters. Many ATM's in Europe do not put letters on the keys, only numbers.

Contact your bank and let them know what dates and where you will be traveling. As a security precaution, many banks will put a hold on your card if they see activity overseas without prior notification.

You might want to get your daily limit raised, if for no other reason than emergencies. Also, most banks charge a fee per foreign transaction, so the fees can mount up if you just take small amounts each time. My bank charges $5.00 per transaction, regardless of the amount, so withdrawing larger amounts is more economical.

I have occasionally come across a machine that wouldn't take my card, but it has never been a problem. I just move on to the next one - I have always been able to find one that works.

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Not sure who you bank with, but call them to see if there is a bank that they are partnered with that will allow withdrawls without the extra service charge. I bank with Scotiabank and they partner with Barclays in the UK and PNB Parabis in France.

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4. Re: ATM machines?

There are more ATM's in France than in the USA and Canada. They are all over the place, No problems there.

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Before you leave, make sure your bank and credit card companies know when, where you are traveling;otherwise they may block any transactions. Also be sure your bank card has European access My bank(locally owned) had to do something technical to make sure I could use it at ATM's in Europe - I did use my pin number without problem. Check with them also about daily cash/charge withdrawal limits


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Bmarr, as Canadains most of us already have the 4 digit numerical code needed to use the ATM,. but, make sure all the money you want access to is in your CHEQUEING account as the foriegn ATM machines do not withdraw from the savings account like ours can.

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