Destination Currency Guides
All the information you need to ensure your travel money goes further
You will find no problem locating an ATM Switzerland, with ATM’s operating 24 hours a day in major cities and suitable for international debit or credit card use. If you are staying in a remote area, you can search here to find ATM’s available in your location.
Swiss Franc cash
The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. You may be advised to take Euro’s with you, however converting to Euro’s first will generally cost you more in exchange fees. You might find that some businesses will quote prices and/or accept Euro’s as a form of payment, but be mindful of a potentially poor exchange rate – sticking to Swiss Franc can be easier to know how much you are spending. Cash is a travel essential and can save you time and money on many occasions. Having local currency on hand can:
- be handy for small purchases such as something to eat or drink
- give you an alternative method of payment in the event you are unable to pay with a card or you are charged an additional fee to pay with a card
- save you from having to pay high commission fees to exchange money in popular tourist areas when you arrive in Switzerland
Using your credit or debit card
Remember to check in with your bank to make sure you are fully aware of the fees you will be charged to make purchases or to withdraw money from an ATM in Switzerland. Click here to see common credit/debit card fees and charges before you speak with your bank. If you are planning to take your debit card with you, It is also important to make sure that your card will work overseas. Look on the front and back of your card and make sure that there is a Visa, Mastercard or American Express symbol on the card. If there are none of these symbols, there may be a Maestro or Cirrus logo – these cards will only work at ATM’s that display the Cirrus or Maestro logo. Please feel welcome to contact us if you are unsure if your credit or debit card will work. Always prepare for the event that your card is lost, stolen or skimmed, by having a back-up source of funds available. Access to emergency assistance is a must, you can get emergency cash in as little as 20 minutes if you have a Mastercard Multi-currency Cash Passport Card that is designed for travel. Read more about the travel card here.
Thinking of taking a travel card to Europe or Switzerland? You may be advised to load your card with only Euro’s and this can cost you significantly if you are visiting one or more countries that do not use the Euro – as you are going through two currency conversions to get to the currency that you need. Travel cards are a fantastic option for Europe and when loaded correctly, can save you paying huge credit card fees. Read more about the Mastercard Multi-currency Cash Passport Card here and contact us if you would like to talk more about which currencies are available to load.
Save on bank fees and buy Swiss Francs for pick up in Perth:
- No fees and commission free on all Swiss Franc exchanges
- Extremely competitive exchange rates
- Notes in a range of denominations
- Pre-order online, contact us to make a reservation or visit us in-store
We endeavour to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information for your destination. This information should be used as a guide only and does not constitute personal advice. Please refer to the relevant product disclosure statement before making the decision to purchase any product offered by Exchange Now. Consider your own circumstances before making a decision on how you will take your money with you overseas.
*You will be redirected to the Mastercard ATM Locator and the information displayed is not published or guaranteed by Exchange Now. The ATM locations have been provided to Mastercard by the relevant institutions and are subject to change.
¹Some ATM operators may charge their own fee. Please refer to the Mastercard Multi-Currency Cash Passport Card Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision to purchase a card.
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