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withdrawing money overseas

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1. Posted by sik_chode (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I want to know the cheapest way to withdrawing money from a foreign atm? will that be using cirrus or maestro?

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I don't know if this is standard, but my bank charges me 1.5% of whatever i withdraw at the exchange rate at the time of withdrawal. Doesn't matter what ATM i use. I would check with your bank what their charges are.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

On my Dutch account, overseas withdrawals were free (had both maestro and cirrus) because I payed a small yearly fee for this. This could be very different in other countries though depending on competition in the banking industry there!

Before I paid the yearly fee, it was a small fixed fee of 3 or 4 euro per transaction so I was always best off taking out the maximum amount (which has a few risks in terms of theft etc. mind you...)

I don't think maestro or cirrus makes a difference. It's what your bank at home decides to charge you and maybe what the ATM machines bank decides to put on top (common in some countries too)...

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

My bank would charge a flat fee of $5 (my local currency) for every withdrawal, regardless of amount. Not quite worth it for me.