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Is Mastercard credit card friendly in Europe?

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1. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y

I dont have Visa credit card. I carry Mastercard. are they widely accepted there?
i am plannig to travel to france,swiss,holland,germany,belgium and england...

2. Posted by lugosi (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Short answer: yes. :)

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

yes, but visa is more widley accepted within the uk than mastercard for some reason.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Its becoming more and more popular, my card is Mastcard (affilated to my airmiles scheme) and lve used it all over the globe with not a problem at all

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Never had a problem with Mastercard anywhere in Europe, in about 13 years of near solid European travel.

6. Posted by rasberries (Inactive 154 posts) 10y

I have a Bank of Montreal Mastercard and I collect AIRMILES!!!
yahoo for airmiles.

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Didn't have a problem with Mastercard when I went to Holland and Belgium a couple of years back, so don't worry. :)

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Have used Mastercard everywhere im Europe for the past 8 years and never had a problem.

9. Posted by griffco (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

I've used my Mastercard on seven international trips in the last 6 years, no problem.

One teensy piece of advice is to make sure that you let your credit AND debit card companies know that you're going to be out of the country with your cards. Last summer I was in France and TD Visa froze my debit card, as "someone" was "suspiciously" using it in Toulouse. And if you check the fine print, card companies can freeze your card under those circumstances.

Call the toll-free number on the back of the card about a week before you go.

And one more note... Canadian credit cards will always charge you extra fees on international transactions, but apparently Capital One (from the States) doesn't.

10. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

How about in Italy? We have booked several B&B's and they all are insisting on cash. So is the shuttle that is picking us up at the airport and the walking tour we have booked. What's up with this? No wonder Italy is know for pick pockets...