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I will go to Romania soon and I'm a beginner as a traveler. I don't know where I can exchange Euro to Romanian Leu cheaply. I know it's not recommended to exchange money at airport. So at which bank do you recommend to exchange money there?

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  • Do you need to exchange money? You can probably just withdraw from an ATM with your debit card. That's what I did when I was there in 2007. This would keep you from having to carry lots of cash.
    – Kyralessa
    Jan 20, 2020 at 9:50
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    Yes i will take cash, because i think I must pay commission to get money from my debit card
    – Nijat
    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:51
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    I hate to say it, as I have relatives from there, but there is a lot of theft in Romania. If you plan to take a lot of cash, you run a risk of having it stolen by pickpockets, scam artists, or other types of thieves. Is it worth it to save a 2% or 3% commission?
    – Kyralessa
    Jan 21, 2020 at 11:55
  • I think you're right. I should take my money in the debit card. Thank you for your valuable comment :-)
    – Nijat
    Jan 22, 2020 at 13:27
  • It may be possible to change some pocket money in advance at decent rate at your starting country. Do not change too much, just a bit to start you getting going (for example: buy bananas at a supermarket so you get some change and then you have the coins that may be needed to buy bus ticket & similar things ...)
    – EarlGrey
    Sep 19, 2023 at 15:15

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When I was last in Romania in 2007, there were exchange bureaus around the big cities such as Bucharest and Brașov. They were generally well-run and secure. They had their rates posted right outside.

You might find people on the street or in the train offering to exchange money with you. Don't do this. You're going to get ripped off. Either they'll run off with your money, or they'll give you a terrible rate.

However, my recommendation (and what I did in 2007) would be to use your debit card and get money from an ATM. You might lose a bit in fees and the exchange rate, but probably a lot less than you think. You'll definitely lose less that way than if you bring along a wad of cash and somebody steals it. There are probably still problems in Romania with pickpocketing and other types of thievery, so I'd definitely take the potential 2-3% fees from an ATM over the potential loss from bringing over a lot of cash and having it stolen.

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