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Need to change Cash and not use ATM

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Need to change Cash and not use ATM

so i've gleaned the smartest thing to do for obtaining local currency is to use an ATM card. however, i have some cash i'd like to spend while in europe and so im hunting for the finest conversion i can get. should i do it in the states? in paris? where should i go? thank you!

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1. Re: Need to change Cash and not use ATM

Put oyur cash into your checking account before you leave home and take it out of an ATM with a debit card as needed. Exchange rates are not a bargain no matter where you do them.


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2. Re: Need to change Cash and not use ATM

Hi Duirwaigh, i'm in paris now for some months.., just to suggest you to do it or in US or simply at the ATM, also French bank are doing it . schuss.

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3. Re: Need to change Cash and not use ATM

Yes, why would you not deposit your cash in the bank account with the ATM card?

Do check with your bank regarding withdrawal transaction fees and whether there's a currency conversion fee. But, even if your bank assesses both, that's still more economical than exchanging cash in Paris, where some resources are better than others and you can go quite wrong. There's just no point in running all over Paris shopping exchange rates. And, it's not the exchange rate that makes the difference, but the commission and fees and all that will be in French.

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4. Re: Need to change Cash and not use ATM

If you must change cash, indeed do shop around for the best rate because you will see incredible variations in the rate. With the arrival of the euro, 80% of the exchange offices in France closed, so it is best to go to areas where non-euro tourists arrive or spend a lot of time (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Champs Elysées, Opéra). When you change a large amount (say $300 or more) you can negotiate the rate significantly above the posted rate.

Edited: 30 March 2013, 18:48
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