Money in Ireland

There are two currencies in use on the island of Ireland, so come prepared

Tapps restaurant, Belfast
Tapps restaurant, Belfast

In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro. One euro consists of 100 cent.
Notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.

Remember, higher denomination notes such as €100, €200 and €500 will not normally be accepted in retail outlets, so bring cash in lower denominations when you’re coming to Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency. One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.
Notes are £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100.
Coins are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.

Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin city
Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin city

Credit cards

Visa and Mastercard are widely used, while American Express and Diners cards may not always be accepted. Credit cards can be used for purchases and also to access money from ATMs. The individual ATM will have a list of card symbols that can be used there (bank charges may apply).

Banking services

Banks in Ireland generally open around 9.30am and close about 4.30pm Monday through Friday; 5pm on Thursday. Selected banks may open on Saturday mornings. ATM (cash) machines are located at most banks and in cities, towns and villages, and accept most credit and debit cards.

Traveller’s Cheques

Traveller’s Cheques are no longer widely accepted on the island of Ireland.

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