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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in Belgium

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Currency

The official currency in Belgium is the Euro (EUR, €). Like in other 'euro zone' countries, the notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The denominations of coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and €1 and €2.

Currently the 'euro zone' consists of the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. In addition to the above, the euro is officially used in Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Vatican.

Foreign Currency Exchange

Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, post office or exchange bureaus (wisselkantoren in Flemish, bureaux d’ιchange in French) which are mostly located at airports and train stations. Banks usually offer a little higher rates but smaller commissions. Rates at exchange bureaus very, but generally the worst ones are at the airports and the best at railway stations. Money can also be exchanged at some hotels, but expect the rate to be a rip-off.

ATMs

Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) are widely available, particularly in cities. The ATM's in Belgium accept credit and debit cards working on international networks like Maestro, Cirrus or Plus networks. Most commonly accepted international cards are Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and Eurocard.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and also Diners Club, American Express) are widely accepted at many hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations, although cash is still used very often in Belgium, particularly for smaller purchases. Travelers should be prepared to have to pay cash on many occasions.

Traveler's Checks

Traveler's checks are widely accepted in Belgium. The best rates are given when cashing the checks are give when checks are in euros, pounds sterling or US Dollars.

Banking Hours

Banks are typically open from 8:30am to 3:30pm/5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Some banks are open Saturday mornings.

Tipping

Tipping in restaurants, bars, cafes and for taxis is not necessary as the service chare is usually included in the bill.


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