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If you’re planning a vacation to Ireland from North America, then it pays to get an understanding of the differences in Ireland currency. Northern Ireland is considered part of the United Kingdom and therefore accepts the British Pound; while the Republic of Ireland currency is the Euro. Great Britain consists of Scotland, England and Wales also accepts the British pound. It’s important to remember this as you start your journey abroad especially if you’re planning a tour that spans Ireland and the UK. Given that many people venture into Northern Ireland, many merchants will accept both types of Ireland currency but it’s never a good idea to rely on this. Technically, the British pound is the official Northern Ireland bank note.

Tips About Currency:

  • Never wait till you get to the airport to exchange currency unless you fancy paying inflated exchange rates and transaction fees. Many US banks will order currency for account holders at the going rate without any transaction fees but it usually takes a few days.
  • Withdrawing cash from an ATM in Ireland and the UK will result in bank fees galore so if you want to avoid this, then plan ahead to determine how much you need and order it from your US bank. You can always exchange what’s leftover for US dollars upon your return.
  • Don’t rely solely on credit cards when you travel abroad. Most credit card companies charge transaction fees for each purchase. Do some online research, as there are a few reputable banks that offer international credit cards that waive transaction fees. Some will even offer you cash back for money spent abroad.
  • Don’t put yourself in a position where you are forced to accept the rate that’s being offered. Planning ahead is always the best way to avoid inflated transaction fees and conversion rates.

Don’t rely solely on credit cards when you travel abroad. Most credit card companies charge transaction fees for each purchase as well as inflated conversion rates. Do some online research, as there are a few reputable banks that offer international credit cards that waive transaction fees. Some will even offer you cash back for money spent abroad.

The official currency rate fluctuates on a daily basis. If you ever want to see what the going rate is while you’re planning your Ireland vacation, check out our currency converter which is updated daily.

Authentic Ireland features a culturally diverse staff of travel specialists who are all experts in both Ireland and the UK. We are all passionate about sharing our knowledge and creating life experiences that our clients can cherish for the rest of their lives. So, consider us when you plan your trip abroad. All our vacation packages are customizable and can be adjusted to suit your idea of the perfect international excursion.


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