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Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

I'II be in switzerland next week.. Can I use Euro dollars in Switzerland???
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Re: visiting Switzerland

If you mean Eurodollars then no, you can't. But I'm pretty sure you are talking about Euros, which you can use here in a number of places. Change will be tendered in Swiss Francs though. And you can only use paper Euros, no coins.
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Re: visiting Switzerland

i mean euro dollars can't you use them in any europe country? Im getting confused???
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Me too . Just to see what page we're on- if you went to Mexico would you want to use Peso dollars? Or Yen dollars in Japan? If so, then yes, your Euro (dollars) will work here in some places . But Switzerland's currency isn't Euros. Swiss currency is Swiss Francs.
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Re: visiting Switzerland

Maybe just best to just consider what you can use here.

- Swiss Francs (CHF) - national currency; used everywhere.
- Euro (€) - recognised European currency used by all Switzerland's neighbours; accepted, but not guaranteed everywhere (usage details, as mentioned above).
- Credit cards (Visa and Masterecard - most common) and ATM cash cards.

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Re: visiting Switzerland

A few of the supermarkets and gas stations accept Euros, but most places
do not accept Euros.


The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. CHF is the symbol.
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Re: visiting Switzerland

If you stay more than a few hours here in Switzerland I recommand to change money. This can be done at any bank or drawing money at a bankomat, or for.exam. in Geneva we have currency exchange offices - not really a office more a kind of hut or barrack - .... Wechselstube. They offered the best currency converting in town.
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

http://www.about.ch/faq/index.html#0012

Q: Can I pay with Euro (EUR) in Switzerland ?A: Switzerland is not part of the European Union and therefore the Euro (EUR) is not an official currency in our country. It is widely accepted but you cannot count on the fact that a particular hotel or shop will accept Euro. However, you can exchange Euro (EUR) for Swiss Francs (CHF) and vice-a-versa at every bank, at the airports and at most railway stations. You may also get Euro at some post offices with your postcard or from most cash machines, in Switzerland often known as "bancomat".

http://www.whygeneva.ch/index.php?op...id=163&lang=en

Whilst still firmly committed to the beloved Swiss Franc, cosmopolitan Geneva is accepting the new pan-European currency with impressive ease and speed. Whilst a ‘foreign’ currency like any other, the Euro is increasingly accepted in shops, gas stations, and vending machines throughout the Geneva region, usually with the rate of exchange prominently displayed.
As of next June, even the Geneva transport authority will accept the Euro in their ticket dispensing machines for transport by bus, tram, train and boat.



Geneva residents are well accustomed to handling several currencies in their daily lives. It is part of the flavour that makes this unique city so very international. There’s also the fact that 97% of Geneva’s borders are with neighbouring France so there’s a quite remarkable level of cross-border traffic. For example, over 33 000 commuters cross the border each day to work in Geneva’s companies and international organisations.


Genevans have taken the Euro in their stride. Certainly, it helps the many visitors to Geneva from around Europe whose common currency is now the Euro.


And some indicative rates for you.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_franc

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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

The few places that accept Euros will usually only accept notes. They will give any change in CHF. This usually works out at a very bad exchange rate.
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

If you are coming to visit Switzerland the best currency to use would be the Swiss franc.
Euros would be fine for European Union countries that have it as their currency but Switzerland is not a member, but as a neighbour accepts euros as many people are passing through, or haven't got to a bank machine to get local currency. You can use the Euro in an emergency but usually the exchange rate is a little bit "rounded up", as shops are not banks and are doing you a favour by accepting a foreign currency.
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

thanks swizzers lol this was very educational for me!
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

WE will be driving from Innsbruck to launterbrunnen area via italy. Question is, where is the best place on the way to change to swiss francs. Do places like smaller towns(breinz etc.,) have money change places?
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

Go to any ATM in Switzerland and it will give you the option for withdrawing CHF (Swiss Francs). Plus it will give the most current exchange rate. I wouldn't bother with trying to find an exchange shop, just use the bank machine. Many gas stations have them and since the Swiss are known for banks, there is one in almost every town regardless of it's size.
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

Thanks for your reply.
Does switzerland use chip and pin cards. I will be getting a FOREX card, which may be a magnetic strip card.
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Does switzerland use chip and pin cards. I will be getting a FOREX card, which may be a magnetic strip card.
Yes. Sometimes, you will have a choice of currency with a card.
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Yes. Sometimes, you will have a choice of currency with a card.
So are there atms which accept older magnetic strip cards, or mostly they are chip and pin now?
If its chip and pin mostly, we would push the bank for such a card.
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So are there atms which accept older magnetic strip cards, or mostly they are chip and pin now?
If its chip and pin mostly, we would push the bank for such a card.
I only have a chip & pin card. Every time that I have used it, there have not been any problems.
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So are there atms which accept older magnetic strip cards, or mostly they are chip and pin now?
If its chip and pin mostly, we would push the bank for such a card.
If there's an option, I would push for the chip and pin card. Not for the added security, which is easily defeated, but for compatibility with point of sale systems here.
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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

You can usually find a currency exchange at or near the border.

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Re: Visiting Switzerland and using the Euro (€)

and one more thing...
It's a little expensive here, so factor an extra 20-30% cost for most things.
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