I'd be inclined to take your Euros with you which saves looking for an ATM which sometimes can be empty anyway. We always do this, it's commission free in the UK and as long as your apartment has a saftey box, there are no issues.
Can i just clear something up, the atm's can run empty just like in the UK and anywhere else. However they are also regularly refilled. You will see G4S and Brinks Security vans going round refilling them all the time (just like in the UK) In the last 12 months here on the island despite very frequent useage of the atm's i have only ever had one failed atm. In some of the villages the atm's that never get used during the winter are switched off. However they all get switched back on beginning of April and then stay open until end of October.
<<Can i just clear something up, the atm's can run empty just like in the UK and anywhere else.>>
No one's saying anything different, and I know from personal experience on many islands over the past 20-odd years that ATMs do run out , especially during peak season. Even if they're empty for just half an hour, there will be people who won't be able to use them and will either have to come back or find somewhere else to get their currency. They won't know that a van is on its way to refill it will they?
Agree with GB, we always take euros with us - its alot less hassle you dont have to bother to look for an ATM :-)
Same here, I also agree with GB, we always take our Euro's with us and hire a safe. We have had problems in the past with empty ATM's, don't want to spend our holiday looking for cash machines and then finding them empty especially when it involves a long walk,bus ride or car drive to another resort.
You may want to change your habits about bringing a lot of cash, certainly if it is above the sum covered by your insurance. While crime is still low in Greece compared to many other places it is on the increase & cash is a target. It is not a wise idea to have large amounts, in a safe or otherwise.
Incidentally I have only once found an ATM empty when I went to get cash, that's in many years of visiting twice a year & now more than 6 years of having to use them all year round. I would never leave it until I was down to my last euro, I get cash before it's desperately needed, then if the (apparently) empty ATM syndrome should catch me out I can afford to wait until later.
BTW, for the OP, the base exchange rate is the same worldwide, the differences occur depending on how much the exchange place wishes to shave of it &/or how much commission they charge.Edited: 23 March 2013, 19:00
I use my ATM card in Greece just the same as in the UK. Why should it be any different? Even on the tiny island I go to there are at least three ATMs, and if one runs out of cash (so far that's never happened) I can use one of the others. Paying a few extra £s for ATM withdrawals won't ruin your holiday, but losing all your cash will.
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