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atm? credit cards? cash?

Hi all,

Im leaving for Greece in one week. Cant wait.

I have a question:

Should I use traveler's checks, my credit card or an ATM card while in Greece?

Please note:

My Wachovia credit card charges me 1% when charging in

Greece. I'm not sure if there are any other charges involved.

And I don't know what my ATM charges.

Any help would be great.



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1. Re: atm? credit cards? cash?

well there are many atms all over greece where you can use any type of card...as i know for european union travellers the greek banks are completely free... ...but for us cards is better to ask the banks here if they accept your card..but at last i dont think that you will have problem cause the greek banks are really modernized and they use high technology..also they have contacts with eurpe and usa too...

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2. Re: atm? credit cards? cash?

Use your credit card wherever it's accepted though lots of places in Greece still don't take them so you will need cash.

You will get a better exchange rate with the ATM card than with Tchecks.

I have used both ATM and CCards there without problems, make sure you have an ATM card with a 4 digit pin # though.

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We took lots of travellers cheques and they were a pain to use. Only certain banks cashed them so be aware of that. We cashed them at the local western union cash counters. One day we were charged 2% on the amount we cashed another time it was a fixed amount. They were not widely accepted in stores or hotels as i thought they would. I would use my credit card next time. We infomed the credit card company that we were going to Greece and so there may be some charges out of the ordinary. They just put a note in our file.

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just got back from greece and realized that cash was the easist to use. we attempted to use credit cards several times and it seemed difficult. we simply went to the atms when we needed money and only used credit for rented cars or paying for hotels. do not recommend travelers checks.