Confused about where to exchange dollars for euros in Ireland? Vagabond to the rescue!
The Best Way to Get Euros in Ireland
We think the best way to get Euro in Ireland is from ATMs.
ATMs are ubiquitous. You’ll find them on main streets, outside banks and in service stations, grocery and convenience stores.
When you go off the beaten track, however, there may be small villages where ATMs are not available. Just ask your VagaGuide or a local if you get stuck.
Withdraw Euro In Large Amounts From ATMs
We recommend withdrawing a couple of hundred Euro at a time (€200-250).
This is to avoid charges. Irish ATMs may charge you for each transaction. And your bank at home may too. All those charges can add up!
Ask your bank in advance what exactly their foreign ATM charges will be.
Will My Bank Card Work in Ireland?
Most likely, your bank card WILL work in Ireland.
The only types of cards that are generally not accepted here are American Express, Diner’s Card, JCB and Discovery.
Notify Your Bank Before You Go
It’s important to tell your bank and/or credit card company that you’ll be using your card in Ireland. Do this several days before you depart.
Don’t get caught out on this one. You might find yourself walking away from your first Irish ATM empty handed!
If Northern Ireland is Part of Your Itinerary…
You need to inform your bank that you’ll be in both the UK and Ireland if you’re takingany of these tours:
- 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour
- 11 Day Discover Ireland Tour
- 7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour
- 6 Day Northern Island Tour
Otherwise, you may have card issues.
Pro Tip: Northern Ireland uses a different currency. You’ll need Sterling (£). If your tour visits Northern Ireland, withdraw some Sterling from an ATM there.
Should I Bring Cash to Ireland?
It’s wise to arrive in Ireland with least €100 Euros.
This won’t apply to everyone. But just in case your credit card doesn’t work upon arrival in Ireland, you’ll have backup.
So the €100 Euros in cash will tide you over for a night. It will be enough to catch a taxi to your hotel and buy food.
Should I Bring Dollars to Ireland?
We think it’s probably a better idea to exchange dollars for euros at home, before you fly.
But if you bring dollars to Ireland to exchange, you have a few options to choose from.
Irish Post Offices
We think the best place to exchange dollars in Ireland is at the Post Office.
Irish Post Offices are located in nearly all towns and villages. They generally open from 9am to 5:30pm (some close for lunch).
Avoid the airport and hotel exchanges, as their rates are usually not great.
Exchanging Dollars at Banks in Ireland
Most banks exchange currency in Ireland.
Opening hours for banks in Ireland are generally between 10am – 4 pm from Monday to Friday. This is with the exception of a few annual public holidays.
Exchanging Dollars at Currency Exchanges in Ireland
We don’t recommend it. But if you’re stuck, at Dublin airport, there are currency exchange desks located at the following locations:
Terminal 1 Currency Exchanges
Arrivals Hall – (Opening Hours: 05:30-00.00)
Baggage Hall – (07:00-19:00)
Departures Hall – (05:30-22.00)
Beyond Security – (04:00 – 21:00)
Gates 102-113 – (05:00-20:00)
Terminal 2 Currency Exchanges
Baggage Hall – (Opening Hours: 04:30 – 22:30)
Check-In Hall – (04:30 – 19:00)
Beyond Security- (04:00 – 20:15)
You can also pre-order from Dublin Airport Currency Exchange.
To Be Aware Of When Exchanging Currency
When exchanging money, be mindful that you’ll never be sold the mid-market rate. Claims of 0% commission sound great. But be warned that the exchange rate might not be so good!
Pro Tip: try to avoid taking out more cash than youll spend. You’ll get hit with the exchange charge twice if you try and change it back to the original currency.
Can I use US money in Ireland?
Simple answer = No.
Only Euros (€) are accepted in the Republic of Ireland.
Only British Pound Sterling (£) are accepted in Northern Ireland.
Budgeting For Your Ireland Trip
Wondering how much to set aside for your Ireland vacation?