Ireland is a popular travel destination for Americans, whether for a vacation, business, or visiting family and friends. Since 2002, Ireland has been one of the European countries that uses the Euro as its official currency. Changing your US currency into Euros before traveling around Ireland will save you time, and may be more convenient than using credit cards in rural areas.
Things You'll Need
- U.S. currency
- Photo identification (passport or driver's license)
Monitor the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Euro for a period of time in order to get the most favorable rate (and therefore the most Euros for your dollars.) XE.com will calculate currency conversions according to the latest published rates. CurrencyRateCalculator.com offers an RSS feed and the option to sign up for currency exchange email alerts.
Withdraw US dollars from your bank, and take the currency to a bureau de change, bank, or other currency change facility. You can find currency exchanges in most major banks and cities, or at airports in the US or Ireland. Some hotels also offer currency exchange facilities, though rates can be variable.
Present your US currency and government-issued photo identification at the currency exchange facility. You will receive the equivalent amount of Euro currency, according to the Euro selling rate of the day. Euros are accepted throughout Ireland.
Tips & Warnings
- For an additional fee, many currency exchange facilities will buy back your unused Euro currency at the same rate you bought it. If you anticipate changing a moderate to large amount of Euros back into US dollars, it is well worth paying this buyback fee.
- Currency exchange facilities typically only deal with currency banknotes, not coins.
- Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom - the currency used in Northern Ireland is the British Pound, not the Euro.
- When traveling with cash, it is a good idea to split your money up. Carry some in your purse, some in pockets or a money-belt, and some emergency cash separately.
- Currency is difficult to trace or recover if it is stolen, so consider diversifying your travel money and use a combination of cash, credit and debit cards, or travelers' checks.
- Photo Credit euro image by Bosko Martinovic from Fotolia.com computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com euro image by ivan kmit from Fotolia.com
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