You can find a prepaid card using this comparison, which only includes cards that let you keep your balance in euros.
When you have found the best travel card, you can apply online through the provider's website. Once your application is accepted they will send you the card by post.
Here is how to choose the cheapest euro prepaid card deal:
Check the cost
Prepaid cards can be more secure than cash because you can cancel them if they are stolen.
They can also be one of the cheapest ways to spend abroad. This comparison shows how much each card costs. You can compare the fees for:
Buying the card
Holding the account (charged monthly or annually)
Spending on the card
Adding money to the card's balance
Using the card outside the UK
You can then pick one that suits how you will use it. For example, if you want one to keep long term but only use it occasionally, look for low or no monthly fees.
If you will withdraw cash frequently, look for a card with no cash withdrawal fees.
Check the exchange rate
The balance in euros you get when you pay money onto your prepaid card depends on the exchange rate.
If you added £250 to your prepaid card:
An exchange rate of 1.2 euros per pound would give you €300
An exchange rate of 1.3 euros per pound would give you €325
The exchange rate is applied when you top up your card. If the rate changes later, it does not affect the balance in euros on your card.
Exchange rates change frequently, but check that a prepaid card usually offers competitive rates before you apply for it.
Check which currencies it can hold
You can get prepaid cards that just hold a balance in euros. But if you spend in a country that does not use the euro, it converts to the local currency each time you spend on it, which can work out more expensive.
Multi currency cards can hold several separate balances at once, each in a different currency. For example, you could have €200, $150 and £100 on the same card.
Euro prepaid card FAQs
Can I use my prepaid card abroad?
Yes, they can be used worldwide. Travel prepaid cards are usually cheaper to use if they hold the currency you want to spend in.
Can I withdraw cash abroad?
Yes, you can use a prepaid card in a cash machine outside the UK. But some cards come with fees for this.
What currencies can my card hold?
All of the cards on this table can hold a balance in euros. Some are multi currency cards, which also let you load other currencies onto them too.
Can I use my prepaid card in the UK?
Yes, they can be used to pay or withdraw cash in the UK. There may be fees or even an exchange rate if your card only holds euros.
Who sets the exchange rate?
This depends on the company that processes the transactions (Visa or MasterCard) and your card provider, who may take a cut too.
Can I make international payments?
Yes, some providers let you send or receive money from abroad through your online account.
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