One of the most common questions that travelers ask is how to get Euros in Germany once they land. There are a few different ways travelers can obtain Euros and we will cover them all in-depth.
ATM (Cash Machine)
The easiest way to get Euros in Germany is to find an ATM and withdrawal cash like you would at home. All ATMs have an “English” option that you can use to fully understand the instructions. ATMs use the standard exchange rate for the day and are the best way to easily get cash.
It is important to check with your bank before your trip about possible fees when using an international ATM. It is also wise to inform your bank and credit card providers that you will be traveling to a foreign country and to place a travel notice on your account. Because card providers are especially suspicious about the foreign transactions due to fraud, a travel notice ensures you will have no problems with your cards while on your travels.
We recommend avoiding the small “independent” ATMs that are scattered around the city as they can sometimes charge exorbitant conversion fees. Stick to ATMs inside/outside banks if you aren’t sure.
Use currency exchange
When you arrive in Germany, you can go immediately to a currency exchange counter and change your local currency to Euros. Visitors using currency exchange should be aware of the exchange rate and any fees that will be added to the top (generally 3-5 Euro).
Get Euros from your local bank
It is often possible to get Euro directly from your local bank before your trip if you let your bank know well in advance. This can be helpful so that you have some local cash in your pocket when you land and don’t have to worry about money after a long flight.
If you prefer to get Euros in your country, be aware that it usually costs much more than exchanging money in Germany when you arrive. If you don’t live in a large city, it is a good idea to request your Euros several weeks before your trip as smaller branches sometimes don’t have them on hand and must order them from another branch.