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The Low Down on Greek Currency



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Central Bank:

European Central Bank

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Bank notes:

€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500


1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

The official currency in Greece is the euro - abbreviated to EUR. 1 Euro is subdivided into 100 cents.

The euro replaced the Greek modern drachma as Greece’s official currency in 2002, following the country’s introduction into the Eurozone in 2001.

The Greek drachma was in circulation in some form from ancient Greek times until 2001. The euro replaced the drachma at a rate of 340.75 drachma to 1 euro.

The most commonly used bills for the euro are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes.

What to spend your euros on**:

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    Street food meal

    10 EUR *

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    Local bottle of wine

    6 EUR *

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    Local transport ticket

    1.30 EUR *

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    Cinema ticket

    8 EUR *

  • *

    Ferry ticket from Athens to Islands

    ~38 EUR *

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Must-sees in Greece

  • Meteora
  • Located on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, this ancient city is backed by majestic mountains and is reminiscent of ages gone by. A maze of twisting alleys will take you past museums, traditional restaurants and stunning churches. Relax and enjoy a coffee in one of the town’s piazzas.Literally translating to ‘suspended in the air’ this magical place is exactly that. Historic monasteries perch upon these spectacular cliffs that rise over 1,200 feet in the air, looking over the neighbouring villages of Kalambaka and Kastraki.
  • Crete
  • The largest of the Greek Islands offers a feast of activities among its rugged mountains, sea swept coasts and bustling cities. Escape to a quiet olive tree dotted village or explore one of its numerous archaeological sites.
  • Zagori
  • A region of spectacular natural beauty; Zagori is located in northwest Greece. Dense forests, rugged peaks and powerful rivers carve into the landscape of this place. You’ll encounter traditional villages, old stone cottages and the stunning Víkos Gorge.

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FAQ Relating to Greek Currency

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  • What was the currency of Greece prior to the introduction of the euro?

    Prior to 2002 the official currency in Greece was the Greek drachma.

  • Is there a limit to how much cash I can take into Greece?

    There is no limit to how much cash you can take into Greece, however any amount over 10,000 euros must be declared on entry.

  • Are credit cards widely-accepted in Greece?

    Yes, all major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece’s major cities, however cash is recommended for trips to smaller towns and islands.

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