Credit Cards - Europe

Last Updated: 11th Sep 2014

<p>More <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-europe">Tour and Travel Advice</a> for Europe</p> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/tour/visa_euro_001.JPG" class="rightwise" title="credit card euro" alt="credit card euro" /></p> <p>Generally credit cards and other bank issued cards are a reliable way to access money overseas. In some area of Europe cash machines may be unavailable or out of service.</p> <p>Store you credit card details separate to your credit card along with copies of your passport, travel documents and other important documents.</p> <p>Credit cards are accepted in many places in Europe, however, generally cash and travellers cheques are more reliable.</p> <p>Visa and Mastercard are by far the most widely accepted and useful types of credit card and you should use once of these. You should also carry a totally different back up card separate from your primary card in case it goes missing, is lost, stolen or rejected.</p> <h2>Credit Card Checklist</h2> <ul> <li>Check the expiry date of your card to be sure it does not expire while you are away.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Ensure you have a P.I.N. access number for your credit card to go along with your signature.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Ensure that your card is kept in view at all times when paying for goods and services.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Check the total amount being charged on your sales voucher before you sign it.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Check that you have received your credit card back after it has been charged.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Retain all copies of your receipts so that you can verify them against your statements.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Carry your cards on your person and in your carry on luggage.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Never leave cards unattended in hotel rooms or any other place.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Report any loss or theft of your cards immediately.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please note:</strong> Contiki does not accept credit cards as payment for <a href="/contikipedia/articles/optional-excursions">optional excursions</a>, You can however make hotel and other bookings in Europe on your card.</p> <p>&#8220;My bank told me I needed a 4-digit pin for my bank card last year, in order to withdraw money from ATMs. Make sure you know the actual numbers, (rather than memorizing a word), because they don&#8217;t have letters on the numbers over there! Also, get your bank to temporarily increase the amount of money you can take out at an <span class="caps">ATM</span> overseas before you go over&#8230;this way you can take out a bunch of money every few days instead of a little bit everyday (saves on fees).&#8221;</p> <p>- Smackie , Canada, Posted 20 Jun 2007</p>