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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

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There are some that won't accept a 1000. I've paid for a 3 Franc coffee with a 200 note without a problem. Hard to believe I know.
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but it really was only 3 Francs.
Where I work coffee is still 3 chf
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

Try using a 50 euro note in France and watch the storekeeper flip out. I've even had people roll their eyes at me for paying with a 20 euro note. So I go straight from the ATM to a currency exchange window and ask for smaller bills.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

I was recently in Bellinzona with a friend, and she wanted to withtdraw money from an ATM. She did not get the chf 200, she wanted and asked me why. I could not see why. She tried again, and it said, she had to withdraw AT LEAST chf 1.000 in that ATM.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

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I was recently in Bellinzona with a friend, and she wanted to withtdraw money from an ATM. She did not get the chf 200, she wanted and asked me why. I could not see why. She tried again, and it said, she had to withdraw AT LEAST chf 1.000 in that ATM.
It depends on the bank. I typically withdraw 300 each time I visit a machine, and whenever I use a CS machine, I get a 200 note. If I recall correctly, Raifeisen machines tend to give me the smallest bundles of currency. Others ask me if I want big notes or small, but I can't remember which bank that is - might be UBS.
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The trolleys are free to use at Geneva airport, but there is a deposit, so you need to have a 2 chuff coin.

I always forget, it's a pain in the butt.
That's exactly it. You only get the coin back if you put the trolley back in one of the trolley parks. I guess it helps stop random trolley dumping but it is a pain when you just arrive somewhere and don't have a coin.

Lots of airports do it though.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

Why do you need so much at once? Wouldn't it make sense to withdraw when you need it?

I hate UBS machines. It only spits out 100s and 50s. Kantonal banks usually allow you to choose between large bills or a mixture of smaller bills.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

Switzerland is a lot easier with big notes than most other countries in the world. I wouldn't take a 1000 note to a small cafe or kiosk. The supermarkets won't blink an eyelid (unless you maybe are the first customer of the day). As others have said, you'll be screamed at in most Eurozone countries if turn up with a 50 € note to pay in a supermarket.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

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In Canada, not a lot of places accept bills over $50. For example, if you went to a convenience store and tried to pay for a bag of chips ($1.25) with a $100 bill, they would deny you. Some places go as far as to not accept even the$50 bills!
In Switzerland, some Gas stations do not accept 1000 CHF bills

Everything else is readily accepted and they won't blink an eye when you hand over a 200 CHF bill for your 1.45 CHF bottle of milk.

PS: those 1000 CHF bills are handy when you buy a car, you only need to carry 40 of them in your pocket when you go and purchase your 2nd hand Mercedes AMG...
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

LOL...when I saw the title I laughed. Oh, you'll see once you get to Switzerland. The 100chf note is the US $20 more or less, particularly at ATMs. I wouldn't take a 1000chf note from the bank, but occasionally saw someone use them in the Migros line buying their 500chf weekly grocery haul so...it's usable even for mere mortals, but stick with the 100-200 bills as those are your spending money.
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

In fact, you are more likely to get a cashier in a supermarket tutting and herrumphing if you stand there getting all the coins out of your pocket to pay for something, than if you nonchalantly hand over a CHF 1000 note...

Sometimes I have a load of change in my purse that I need to get rid of and it's not really that welcome...
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Re: Are the CHF 100, 200, or 1000 bills widely accepted in Switzerland?

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In fact, you are more likely to get a cashier in a supermarket tutting and herrumphing if you stand there getting all the coins out of your pocket to pay for something, than if you nonchalantly hand over a CHF 1000 note...

Sometimes I have a load of change in my purse that I need to get rid of and it's not really that welcome...
Not always, sometimes they ask if we have small coins. For example if you give 50 for 20.10 then they ask if I have 10 rappen....

My favorite ways to dispose coins are SBB ticket machine and Selecta vending machine....
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Not always, sometimes they ask if we have small coins. For example if you give 50 for 20.10 then they ask if I have 10 rappen....
Yes, that's clear but if you are paying for something that costs 21.70 with the contents of the coin-holder of your purse, that gets them herrumphing...
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