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Bank debit cards for ATM money withdrawals.

Is it best to take tow ATM debit cards to Europe from different banks in case you have trouble with one bank card or it is eaten by a machine?

Posted by
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We do,although we have never had one "eaten by a machine" in Europe.

The first time we went to Switzerland my husband had his card set to withdraw from his savings account rather than checking, so it would not work. Good thing I brought mine!

Posted by
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Sorry I meant "two" different debit cards from two different banks not "tow"! Were you debit cards issued against different banks?
Thanks for your reply.

Posted by
16941 posts

I take my "travel" CU card with no foreign transaction fees. I have my regular bank card (3% foreign transaction fee plus $3 non-network fee) as an emergency back-up. Another thing about European ATM's is they spit the card out first before dispensing the cash. Less chance of you forgetting the card in the machine.