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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in Brazil

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The best way to get cash in Brazilian currency (which is real, divided into 100 centavos) are ATMs that are common in all big cities. ATMs may exist but may also not except foreign cards in smaller towns. There have been also reports on ATMs scams when hackers were able to steel account details when using ATMs, so you should take some extra care. You should also avoid using ATMs at night and in deserted places. ATM cash advances with Visa are widely available.

Travelerís checks can be exchanged in banks (that usually give better exchange rates ) or in casas de c‚mbio (exchange offices). Cash exchanges, however will give you a 1% or 2% better rate than travelerís checks. The currencies that are most easily exchangeable are US dollars or Euros.

The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard. Some places also accept Amex and Diners Club. Be aware of credit-card fraud that has become pretty common in Brazil.

Banking Hours are usually Monday to Friday 10 am - 4:30 pm

All taxes are always included in the price.

Current Brazilian Real Rates

For other currencies or conversion amounts go to Currency Converter

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