✈️ Heading to Germany? 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 Germany, or can I use my card everywhere?
Many places take cards, however plenty of shops still require cash. Make sure you always carry some on you.
Please be aware some POS terminals only accept German Girocards/EC-karte.
💰 What currency do they use here?
The currency here is Euros! The symbol is € or EUR.
🏧 Which ATM’s can I use for free?
The bunq community has reported free withdrawals at these ATMs.
- Deutsche Bank
- ING Germany
The bunq community has reported (possible) additional fee's for withdrawals at these ATM's.
- Bankhaus August Lenz
ATM fees may vary by using a different card type. Many ATM'S charge additionally for Mastercard and not Maestro.
Good to know: You can also withdraw money at thousands of supermarkets for free, thanks to bunq's partnership with Barzahlen. Learn More
💵 If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?
€150 should be enough for a few days.
📱 Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?
All EU mobile plans should let you roam for free.
If you don't have an EU plan, you can learn about your local SIM card options here.
- The bunq community reported Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone have great coverage.
Useful things to know
💁♀️ How does tipping work?
In Germany it is typical to round up the total, usually by about 5-10% ending in a round Euro amount.
This works by telling the waiter how much you'd like to pay.
For example, if your total was €15,80 you might tell the waiter "€17 euros" and then pay that amount with cash or card.
🍺 How much does a 0.5L beer cost?
🍽 How much does an average meal cost?
🚨 What’s the emergency number?
🔌 What type of plug do they use?
This one! It’s the standard European 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 Germany.
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?
- Transport tickets in Germany often have to be validated before you can travel. Remember to find a "punch in" machine to stamp your paper ticket before boarding. In some cases, you "punch in" once you board a tram or bus.
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If you've been to Germany 🇩🇪 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! 🌈 👇