How do I use ATMs in Germany?

How do I use ATMs in Germany?

In Germany, ATMs are called Geldautomat. They’re normally located inside or just outside bank branches. You’ll also find them at most major airports. They’re less common in places such as shopping malls and petrol stations.

Germany’s four major banks have many ATMs, and they’ve made them easy to find with online locators:

German ATMs accept foreign bank cards, as long as they belong to a compatible card service. You can confirm whether your card will work by asking your bank back home. You should also let your bank know when you’ll be abroad. Otherwise, it might consider your German transactions suspicious and block your card.

Your card doesn’t need to be the chip-and-pin type to work in a German ATM – a standard card with a magnetic stripe works too. However, ATM keypads only have numbers, so you’ll need to know your PIN (personal identification number). German ATMs don’t accept PINs longer than four digits, either.

Most ATMs in Germany accept Cirrus, Maestro (both run by MasterCard) and Visa (Plus) cards. You can confirm if an ATM is compatible by checking whether your card network’s logo is on the machine.

There are three types of fees you need to consider when using a German ATM:

  • Exchange rate fees (always choose transactions in the local currency, not your home one or you will lose money)
  • Local charges (in Germany, if the bank’s name is on the ATM, it won’t charge fees but private machines like Euronet or Cashpoint will, so be careful)
  • Your home bank’s charges (consult with your home back before leaving for Germany).

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