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Getting euros for Italy trip

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Getting euros for Italy trip

I'm taking a trip to Italy in April and can't figure out whether I should go to my bank here and get Euros or wait til I get to Italy to get Euros. I've heard that there are ATMs in the Rome airport and should wait until I get there and use the ATM at the airport. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Getting euros for Italy trip

This depends on whether you care about extra fees or not. Some banks will charge your bank account fees for ATM transactions outside your home country. No ATM in Europe will charge you fees, it's your home bank. It may be cheaper to buy the Euros from your home bank and pay the service charge. Regardless, though, I'd buy some Euros to bring with you to handle the first few hours of your visit. About E100 would do, the first E50 would go on the taxi ride into Rome to your hotel.

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2. Re: Getting euros for Italy trip

I think you'll get the best exchange rate at ATMs once you get to Italy.

But I agree it's a good idea to have some euros before you go. I typically get a couple hundred euros to tide me over for a few days.

If you use ATMs in Italy, be sure to call your bank first to let them know you'll be doing this. Otherwise you may have trouble getting money from your account while over there.

Good luck.

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