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I'm from the UK. I recently went on holiday to Copenhagen and didn't have to use cash at all because I could use my debit card wherever I went. Will it be the same in Sardinia? Do all restaurants and vendors take card payments? Are there ATMs in all towns?

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All towns will have an ATM, though it may not be accessible 24/7. I would expect most restaurants and shops to accept cards, though small ones may not.

It would be reasonable to expect to mostly use a card, but don't rely on it.

  • almost all ATMs are accessible 24/7 – Val May 15 at 13:17
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Don't expect small villages shops to accept cards. Some of them yes, but especially for low amounts, shops' owners will not accept cards.

ATMs are everywhere, and almost everywhere accessible 24/7.

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In terms of card acceptance in Europe I’d rank a few countries basically like so from most able to live just on a card to least:

Tier 1: Sweden Tier 2: UK, other Nordics Tier 3: Germany, France Tier 4: Switzerland, Italy, Spain

Corsica is France though in many ways more akin to Italy. In France to a large extent and particularly in Italy you’ll often find places that don’t accept cards in the countryside. In the large cities however you should have few problems.

Overall however it is generally considered these days that the best way to convert money when travelling is to simply withdraw from a foreign ATM using your card- particularly good if you can get an account designed with this in mind.

So I’d say to withdraw a decent amount of money from a major bank when you get there but you shouldn’t need to use it too much.

  • I found the same problem in Germany, no card accepted in a lot of restaurants outside the big cities. – Val May 16 at 6:50
  • Germany is misplaced here, you cannot rely on cards. I have had a supermarket in a city refuse my VISA debit card. – Mark Perryman May 16 at 15:50
  • Germany is tier 3 for that reason ;) – the other one May 16 at 16:35

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