✈️ Heading to Brazil? We've gathered some tips from the bunq community to make sure your trip is the smoothest it can be. 😎
Check them out below! 🌈 👇
Using your card
💳 Do I need cash in Brazil, or can I use my card everywhere?
Cards are accepted in touristy spots, but it's
wise to carry cash on you.
You especially want to have cash for small priced items, where cards are less likely to be accepted.
💰 What currency do they use here?
The currency here is Brazilian Reais. The symbol is R$ or BRL.
🏧 Which ATM’s can I use for free?
The bunq community has reported free withdrawals at these ATMs.
- Banco do Brasil
- Branco Bradesco
💵 If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?
R$250 should be enough for a few days.
💳 Should I choose local currency or Euros when paying?
If you're asked to choose between local currency and Euros, always choose local currency.
That way bunq does the conversion for you, and you get to take advantage of the best rates with bunq ZeroFX.
📱 Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?
Most EU mobile plans will charge you for roaming in Brazil.
If you want to get a local SIM card, you can learn about your options here.
Useful things to know
💁♀️ How does tipping work?
A service fee of 10% is normally included on the bill.
Locals only consider tipping extra if the service was extremely good.
🍺 How much does a 0.5L beer cost?
🍽 How much does an average meal cost?
🚨 What’s the emergency number?
There are different numbers for the different services here.
- 🚓 Police: 190
- 🚑 Ambulance: 192
- 🚒 Fire: 193
🔌 What type of plug do they use?
This one! It’s the standard two pin plug.
🚗 What side of the road do they drive on?
They drive on the right side of the road here.
🗺 How do I navigate my way around?
Google and Apple Maps both work well in Brazil.
Otherwise, we recommend Rome2Rio as the best way to find out how to get anywhere. It even tells you the cost of each option. 🙌
👀 Any other good tips?
If you are into meat, you should not leave the country without trying the traditional picanha, and join a local BBQ if the opportunity arises.
Brazilians are warm and welcoming people who will easily invite you to spend time with them.
If you've been to Brazil 🇧🇷 share your experience! The following would be really useful for other bunqers to know:
- Which ATMs are free to use?
- What card should I use and where?
- Any other info you think may be useful.
Share your experience with us in the comments below! 🌈 👇