Euro Exchange Rate
Whether you are going backpacking in Europe, or taking it easy in one of its vibrant cities, Travelex has the ideal travel money solution for you. Buy Euros (€) online, or load them onto a new or exisiting MasterCard Cash Passport™.
The best part is you can do it at the touch of a button have your order delivered directly to your front door, with next day delivery available, or order online and collect from your local Travelex store. Getting your foreign currency has never been easier.
About the Euro
The Euro is commonly represented by its currency code (EUR) and in its symbol form (€). You will need to have Euros on hand if you are traveling to one of the many countries in Europe which use the Euro as legal tender. These countries include:
- San Marino
The introduction of the Euro has led to a whole host of countries using the same currency, which makes it much simpler for you when you are traveling throughout Europe. The Euro coin is made up of 100 cents, although depending on which country you are visiting you might notice regional variations in how it is written. For example, in Germany you might see “Teuro”, while in Italy you might see it written as “Neuro”. Don’t worry though; you can use “Teuro” and “Neuro” coins and notes in any of the other countries that use the Euro!
Euros are minted in €2, €1, fifty-cent, twenty-cent, ten-cent, five-cent, two-cent and one-cent coins, and banknotes in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations (1).
History of the Euro
It may be incredibly convenient to only bring one type of currency with you to Europe, but it didn’t used to be this way. Before the Euro, each country had its own currency: France had the Franc, Spain had the Peseta, and Italy had the Lira.
The Euro was officially put into circulation on January 1st, 2002 but was introduced three years earlier in an electric form to support a careful transition into the new currency. Some of the countries that do not use the Euro include Switzerland (Swiss Franc), Turkey (Turkish Lira) and Poland (Polish Zloty) (1). You can find our rates for these currencies, including the Euro, on our up-to-date Online Rates page.
Europe is an exciting and diverse landmass. To the north is the picture perfect Scandinavia, while to the south is sunny Spain the mouth-watering meals of Italy. You can travel through Europe by plane, train, and road transport; once you are on the continent you might as well take the time to explore.
US citizens can generally travel into Europe without a visa, but there are still a number of requirements for entry into each country. Check with the appropriate agencies to find out the specific requirements for the country or countries you are due to visit.
Why Buy from Travelex?
Travelex is the world’s largest retail foreign exchange specialist. You can find us in over 800 locations worldwide, principally located in airports and tourist locations in over 100 airports, across 25 countries.
Travelex is committed to offering the best possible overall price in the United States on your travel money purchase. We will not be undersold online on our Travelex US website. If you do find a better price offered by another foreign currency retailer online, we will refund the difference between the price paid by you and the more competitive price in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.