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Note - you need a chip. As many have mentioned, card machines and ATMs in europe - I think - mostly (all?) need the modern chip-type card. You need one, so get one. "Can I get by In Paris and Rome by carrying very little cash and using the credit card for every little souvenir, tour and food purchase? Or should I prefer paying in cash for both Paris and ...


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In France, cards are widely accepted anywhere (and not more in Paris than in rural areas), but in small shops there's often a limit on the amount. In Paris the card is generally refused for anything less than 15€, sometimes 20€ but that's in extreme cases. In rural areas, the limit is more often around 10€. I live in France, and I almost never carry more ...


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I just got back from a 2 week vacation in Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast, and Paris on Monday. First, note that Espressos/Coffee/Pastries, are generally pretty inexpensive in Italy at about 0,50€ - 1,50€. We never even tried paying for something that cheap with a credit card, and I don't think you should either. We used a couple personal drivers, and they all ...


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Be aware that many places in France will not take a credit card if it doesn't have a chip on it. These cards are not that common in the US, but are in Europe. I was able to just call AmEx and get a new card that has a chip, and I believe many US banks will now issue them if you ask.


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Are you coming from the US? Is your vacation date at least a few months in the future? If so, you might be able to save a little money by buying your euros now, or dollar-cost averaging them between now and the time you depart. The exchange rate is pretty favorable right now. It hasn't been this good in about ten years. If you do this, you'll be paying ...


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Traveling to France (mostly Paris) and Italy (Rome, Venice, Sorrento) I mostly pay my day-to-day expenses (local transport, lunch, souvenirs...) with cash. Bigger expenses (mostly restaurants) with my Credit card. I usually keep 60 to 100 euro with me all the time; I keep 20-ish euro in my front pocket and the rest in the wallet in my back pocket (not ...


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Always have some cash on hand, enough to pay for the restaurant if they don't accept your cards or any cards at all. Spread the money among people in your travel group. Warn your bank so they don't block your cards and bring two different cards if you have them (some circuits like american express aren't accepted everywhere, mastercard or visa are very ...


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In France you can almost always pay with a credit card but for small amounts (say up to €10,) cash is often preferred. In Paris cards are a little more often accepted than in small towns off the tourist track. I have not been in Italy, so not in Rome, but I have heard the same for there. Get some cash and use your card for the bigger payments. If you are ...



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