Tapps restaurant, Belfast
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.
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
Credit and debit cards
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted throughout the island of Ireland; American Express is accepted in some places but not all. Credit cards can be used for purchases and also to withdraw cash from ATMs (although this usually is accompanied by a fee). You can also withdraw cash from ATMs with your Mastercard or Visa debit card. Fees will still be charged but at a lower rate to credit cards. Ireland uses a “chip and pin” system for debit and credit card transactions. Most retailers will accept swipe cards but please note this is not always guaranteed. It is recommended that you notify your bank of your travel plans prior to your departure.
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.
Traveler’s Cheques are no longer widely accepted on the island of Ireland.
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