Currency and Credit Card Information for Your Trip to Europe

EURO CURRENCY: The following members of the European Union use the Euro currency: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The independent states of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City, although not members of the union, use the Euro as their sole currency as well. The Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom have retained their unique monetary units for use within their borders. If traveling to one of these countries, keep in mind that the Euro cannot be used and you must obtain local currency for any purchases within these countries.

CREDIT CARDS: Visa and MasterCard credit cards are generally accepted most places in Europe and are recommended as a backup to your ATM bank card. American Express and Discover credit cards are not as commonly accepted and therefore should not be your only credit card option.

ATM BANK CARDS: We recommend the use of an ATM Bank Card for obtaining foreign currency while in Europe as this method typically offers the best exchange rates. Automatic teller machines (ATM's) are common and conveniently located in Europe. Many ATM cards can also be used as a credit card to make purchases.

TRAVELER'S CHECKS: We do not recommend using Traveler's Checks. Due to the ease & availability of ATM machines and the increased fees to cash traveler's checks they are no longer as common or as readily accepted.

Debbie & Joe Miller

HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour - Sep-2023

Verified Traveler
Absolutely fantastic time. Trip was expertly planned. Our tour guide was the best guide ever. This was our 6th trip to Europe and, by far, one of the very best. Would highly recommend this tour.
Catherine & Ken Holmstrom

Scandinavia & Baltic Highlights Tour - May-2019

Verified Traveler
The coach driver was extremely skilled at driving and knowledgeable of roads in every town.
Don & Nancy Van Heel

Spain & Portugal Tour - Apr-2017

Verified Traveler
We have taken five tours with IMAGE . . . Beautiful scenery, very interesting history, excellent local guides.
Dennis & Elizabeth Carroll

HEART OF EUROPE® Circle Tour - Apr-2019

Verified Traveler
The food was outstanding! Much better than ever expected! Great variety from the area and it was delicious!
Elaine Norling


Verified Traveler
I've recommended Image Tours to my friends and family. It was a well planned, organized and all around fabulous trip.
Evelyn Gallagher


Verified Traveler
Everything on the tour was well-planned with the traveler in mind regarding length of days/hotel stays and tours, accommodations, tour manager (very well-versed in the each country's history, culture,...
Thomas & Millie

Repeat Traveler - Sep-2019

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Been traveling through Europe with Image Tours now for 12 years....never an issue...absolutely a Five Star Company.. will be continuing my travels with them.