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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in Greece

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Since January 2002 Greece's official currency has been the Euro (). Foreign currency can be exchanged at foreign exchange offices, banks or in automated currency exchange machines (available in common in major tourist areas or at Athens airport). Exchange rate offered by banks will usually be better than at foreign exchange offices. Some larger hotels may also offer money exchange service. Preferable currencies to exchange for euros are US dollar and British pound. ATMs are also widely available and offer convenient way of getting cash with credit or debit cards. The most accepted cards are Mastercard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus.

Traveler's checks can also be changed at banks or foreign exchange offices. It is also recommended to take traveler's checks in either Euros, US dollars or British pounds, to minimize fees and get better exchange rates.

Note that bills larger than 50 may not be accepted at some smaller stores (problem with change and/or counterfeited bills).

Credit cards (in particular Mastercard, Visa, and Eurocard) are widely accepted across the country in retail stores, hotels, and travel/transportation agencies (including ferry, airline, and car rental agencies). Smaller stores as well as restaurants may not accept credit cards or require a minimum transaction amount.

Banking Hours are usually Mon-Thu: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm and Fri: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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