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Kroners vs credit cards

Will be 3 days in Reykjavik, 2 on day tours. Do most places take credit cards or should we get some cash? (Grocery store, restaurants..)

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1. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

Most places take card, but having some cash is always a good idea, and might save Credit card fee´s for small amounts.

Reykjavik, Iceland
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2. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

You will probably not need any cash at all, but it's always wise to have "some" just in case, who knows what. Iceland loves credit (I don't know if that's good, actually...)

PS: Same minute !! Vá !!

Edited: 17 April 2014, 03:28
Adelaide, Australia
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The toilets!! hmmm :-) User pays in some places, and I approve.

Edited: 17 April 2014, 07:47
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4. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

I was in Iceland for 3 days in February.... I didn't need to take cash out once..... Even the toilets at the tourist sites had card machines! So you will definitely survive if you do not want to,take out any local currency!

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You will need a small amount if you plan on tipping your tour guides.

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I am confused, why do I need cash to use the toilet ? Are there toilet attendants like I have seen in Central America that need to be paid? The travel guides I have been reading said tipping is not common in Iceland but it sounds like people do tip guides? I had planned on just using credit but maybe I will purchase some Krona after all....

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7. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

In many places you need coins for the toilets now. And even if you can pay with cards, it will be cheaper with coins.

Tipping bus drivers and guides has been done ever since tourism begun in Iceland, about 50 years ago.

Adelaide, Australia
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Thanks Icelandicguide for your comment re paying for the toilets, I keep saying it. Now you have added your two cents worth it might sink in.

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9. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

Check your credit cards. Our cards all had a 3% foreign transaction fee. We used our debit card to get cash from ATMs. The fee was much less than the foreign transaction fee. We paid cash for everything and saved a lot of money.

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10. Re: Kroners vs credit cards

Tipping should continue to be frowned upon imo.

Americans have started this and it brings a sense of greed and entitlement