Find out more about Ireland's currency & means of payment
The monetary unit in Ireland is the euro, often represented by the € symbol or abbreviated as EUR. As Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the currency is the pound sterling, often represented by the £ symbol or abbreviated as GBP.
Foreign currency exchange is available at banks, post offices in larger towns and some of the larger hotels and tourist offices. There are also Bureaux de Change, but they tend to charge much higher commission and fees.
You can see current conversion rates on XE.com
Cashpoints (the common local name for ATMs) are widely available and you can usually find at least one in all small towns and villages. Please note that a 4-digit PIN number is required. Cash can be obtained against VISA and MasterCard. Banking fees for ATM withdrawals and foreign transactions vary widely, so please check the rates with your bank(s).
Opening hours are usually 9:30 AM – 4 or 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Some are open 9:30 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays.
CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are widely accepted throughout Ireland.
American Express is not commonly accepted in Ireland (although it is in Northern Ireland and the UK) so we recommend bringing another card if you have one.
Although less common, traveller’s cheques are also accepted at banks and major hotels or tourist centres. The exchange fees vary by location.
LOST OR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
If your card is lost or stolen in Ireland or Northern Ireland, please report it immediately using one of these numbers:
Irish customer service numbers:
MasterCard & Diners Club: call +353 (1) 800 557 378
VISA: call +353 (1) 800 558 002
UK customer service numbers:
American Express: call +44 (0) 800 917 8047
MasterCard & Diners Club: call +44 (0) 800 86 4767
VISA: call +44 (0) 800-89-1725
Report any other lost or stolen belongings to the local police station.