FAQs - The €uro, cash transfers and paying by card
Will it cost more to withdraw money from an ATM in another European country than in my own country?
NO - Banks should charge you no more for a cross-border withdrawal in euros than they would for a national transaction of the same value in euros.
If I withdraw cash across the bank counter in another EU country, will the cost of the transaction be the same as in my own country?
There may be a difference as the rules do not apply to over the counter withdrawals.
Is there a standard charge across the EU for currency conversions to and from euros?
NO - EU law does not set charges to be applied for currency conversions - this is always a commercial decision taken by the payment service providers.
Is there a limit on how much a bank can charge for a cross-border payment transaction?NO - A payment service provider may in principle apply whatever charge it wishes for a cross-border payment in euro, provided that it applies the same charge for a corresponding national transfer in euro.
Can I use my debit card in another EU country under the same conditions as in my home country and without incurring additional charges?
YES - the EU rules apply to all kinds of card payments (payment by debit, deferred debit and credit card). You should pay the same transaction charges as if you were using your card at home. Furthermore the bank cannot charge you any additional fees (e.g. annual fees or one-off charges) if you use the card in another EU country.