Currencies and Banks

The currency presently used in Spain is the Euro. If you are arriving from a country with a different currency, please check the exchange rate before travelling. You should also about bank transfer and exchange rates at your home bank..

We recommend that you bring some cash or travellers' cheques to cover your expenses during your first days in Galicia. You can also use credit cards, which are widely accepted, especially the internationally well-known ones such as Visa or MasterCard.

In Spain, financial companies include banks and saving banks. In order to open a bank account at any bank or saving bank in Galicia, you will be asked to present a copy of your ID card or passport. Kindly ask several banks for information about their conditions for opening a bank account and whether it is possible to have a youth account (only for people under 26). Opening hours for banks and saving banks are usually from 08:30 to 14:30 hours, Monday to Friday. Saving banks are also open on Thursdays afternoons in the winter, from 16:00 to 19:00 hours.

There are several cash dispenser (ATMs) networks in Spain: ServiRED, 4B and Red6000. All Spanish banks belong to one of these networks. A commission is charged if you draw money from a cash dispenser which does not belong to the same network as your bank.

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