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The Low Down on Portuguese 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 of Portugal is the euro, which is abbreviated to EUR. 1 Euro is divided into 100 cents.

The euro has been used in Portugal since 1999, replacing the Portuguese escudo, which was in circulation prior to this time and until 2002.

Following the gradual inflation of the escudo throughout the 20th century, the euro was introduced at the conversion rate of 200.48 escudos to €1.

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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    Mid-range 3 course meal for 2

    30 EUR *

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    1 litre of milk

    0.78 EUR *

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    Bottle of wine

    4 EUR *

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    Monthly travel pass

    35.50 EUR *

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    Portuguese egg tart

    1.30 EUR *

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Must-sees in Portugal

  • Sintra
  • Just a short drive from Lisbon, is the charming town of Sintra. Sloped alleyways, café lined streets and vividly coloured architecture are only some of the attractions in this tranquil little town.
  • Lisbon
  • The hilly, coastal capital of Portugal offers great insight into the Portuguese people and their history. Explore the beautiful beaches, seek out the stunning decorative tiles adorning the city, wander the pastel-palette buildings of the old town or simply enjoy the unique cuisine and a scrumptious egg tart.
  • Aveiro
  • Located on Portugal’s west coast, this little known coastal town is a gem worth discovering. With a friendly demeanour and a welcoming vibe, Aveiro boasts winding canals with colourful boats, intricate architecture and wonderful local food.

Buying Euro online is easy

Order Euro online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Euro Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQs Relating to Portuguese Currency

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  • What credit cards are accepted in Portugal?

    Most credit cards are widely accepted in Portugal with VISA and MasterCard being widely accepted in most outlets; and American Express and Diners are less widely so.

  • Can you use in US dollars in Portugal?

    While you can exchange US dollars into Euro once you get to Portugal, it’s unlikely you will find anywhere that will accept US dollars as a form of payment.

  • What was the former currency of Portugal?

    Prior to the euro, the official currency of Portugal was the Portuguese escudo.

Easy & straight forward to use

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The lady who served us was lovely

The lady who served us was lovely, very easy experience

Nicki Brianna Lang

Good service in line.

Good service in line.

Jenny Denko

Purchasing foreign currency

Purchasing foreign currency on line was easy to do but when I got to the option of where to pick up the money I could not get the address of a Travelex Office. The site only supplied me with the near by post office which of course that I had to pay a $10 fee to pick up my money from there.

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Wrong kiosk line eventually found…

Wrong kiosk line eventually found correct one very seemless

Margaret McCormack

Efficient and excellent customer…

Efficient and excellent customer service. Better rates than qantas card. Thank you.


easy process to order online and then…

easy process to order online and then collect at airport. Would have been good to have Indoneshian currency on a travel card

S Kendall

Easy and prompt.

Easy and prompt.

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Lovely young lady helped me

Lovely young lady helped me. Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Happy to deal with Travelex again.

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Easy way to get your money before your holiday

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Very quick and efficient.

Very quick and efficient.

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Travelex is extremely efficient

Travelex is extremely efficient, especially Carol at Travelex Ballarat, who is very helpful and really pleasant


Easy to order on line.

Easy to order on line. I picked my order up from Cairns Domestic. Ian was excellent, great customer service, polite ,friendly and answered any questions I had. Will definitely use again

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The only thing that let me down was I…

The only thing that let me down was I wanted home delivery service which wasn’t working when trying to order online , I did call but they were unable to help me as they are having issues with the home delivery service. So had no choice in having to pay a $10 fee to have the money sent to my local post office.


Ordering was easy and the exchange rate…

Ordering was easy and the exchange rate was fair. My order was delivered to my door at no charge. Terrific service.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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