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Where is the best deal on buying Euros

Discussion in 'Europe' started by iggy_az, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. iggy_az

    iggy_az Active Member

    I'm heading to Europe next year and will carry my Visa Debit Card as well as a Capital One Credit Card and will use them for hotel and major purchases.

    I would like to pay inEuros for taxi, buses, and food in Euros.
    I know I can use my debit card to withdraw euros at a network ATM at that days exchange rate is plus the ATM fee ($1-$3 Euros) plus my banks conversion fee (2%)

    So if I want get $100 Euros
    I pay ATM usage $ 3 Euros = Approx $4.20 US
    My Banks 2% of the US equivelant of $140 US which would be $2.80 US

    So I think coverting $140 US to $100 Euros now cast a total of $146

    Does this sound right?

    Well, after all that I want to know where I can buy $2,000 Euros for less some of the fees.
    You can't walk into a bank in Spain or Italy with US dollars and no account and ask them to exchange?

    What do you do when you want to have a few thousand Euros on hand?

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