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ATM,s in Greece

Has anyone experienced any difficulties with ATM,s in Greece? Due to the economic situation in Greece we are wondering if we should take extra Euros or can we still depend on cash machines for cash withdrawals. Appreciate any input

Posted by
2866 posts

I fail to see how the general economic condition in Greece would have any effect on the availability of currency in ATMs, especially since tourism brings so much money into the country. I've never heard of there being any shortage of Euro in Greece, but of course an ATM can run out of cash if it's busy in the area where it's located.

Posted by
4524 posts

There is no link between Greece's economic struggles and having cash in ATM's anymore than ATM's in the US were running out of cash during our own almost default... The only impact you might see as a tourist are the more frequent (than normal) transportation strikes. But those typically last a day or two and while causing inconvienence, do not ruin vacations.

Posted by
94 posts

A question for anyone on this subject. Do the ATM's in Greece take the card in? Then you nevously wait to see if you get it back! Last time I was in Itlay this was the case. Did not have a problem but was a bit nervous. I do have a spare though in my wife's money belt.

Posted by
72 posts

As far as swiping or inserting ATM cards go, the ATM I use in Athens requires me to insert my card. I haven't had any problems yet, but I do usually use an ATM that is just outside of the bank's front door.

Posted by
2866 posts

Yes, the Greek ATMs do temporarily swallow your card. Be sure to notify your bank of your intention to use your cards in Europe so your accounts aren't frozen from suspicion of fraud/theft.

Posted by
4524 posts

Some ATM's have you insert the card and spit it back out when you have finished your transaction. On others you swipe your card (like a credit card). This differs across the US and throughout the world. Some people have reported that their cards have been "eaten" by the ATM but it is not common. It's a good idea to have a backup card just in case.

Posted by
21260 posts

All the ATMs in Denver, CO, that I have used always swallow the card. Are there ATMs where you just swipe the card? I have never seen one.

Posted by
257 posts

Are the ATM different then the ATM in Italy, US. Swallow your card? How?
Thanks

Posted by
254 posts

I was in Greece for a week in April and had no problems at ATMs. I was in Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Napflio. If you are careful, ATM use is not a problem