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Currency Exchange

Hi ,

We will be in Barcelona in Oct., any advice on currency exchange ..where,....at airport ??

My BankofA rate here is not competitive while both my credit and debit card will charge extra Transaction fee too !!

Thanks any suggestions you may have,


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1. Re: Currency Exchange

Either a bank,travel agent,or a tabac shop.i use my Santander card as i don't get charged,but on the odd occasion i have changed money ive found the tabacs have good rates

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There might be places with worse exchange rates than airports, but you have to look hard. For a laugh I checked the exchange rate for £s to Euros in a UK airport last week. They were offering 1.01 Euros for the £. My debit card, (also Santander) gave me 1.25. That is a huge difference.

You've got 3 months. Time to find a bank that offers a card with low/zero transaction/commission charges, or perhaps a card that you can pre-load at a low rate. Changing cash is seldom a cost-efficient way of getting foreign currency.

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Would not suggest exchanging currency at Barcelona airport particularly not grupo gloabal exchange.

I had a bad experience with then on departure. Converted $450 AUD into Singapore $ for a stop over & received $350.00. Should have got $520.00 as AUD bought $1.20 SGD in the day. Took receipts back to booth & suddenly they didn't understand English.

I suggest a travel debit card & using ATM. You pay a small fee but you don't get ripped off like I did.

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