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Euro currency cards are a type of prepaid card designed to be used as payment for goods and services in the Eurozone. They offer the same level of chip-and-pin protection offered by UK credit and debit cards but with better exchange rates and no additional charges when used in Europe.

See our guide to prepaid Euro cards for more information.

These comparisons are based on usage in Europe as different charges may apply when used in a currency other than Euros. Click on a card for a full breakdown of all charges. The Euro rates quoted below were last updated 47 minutes ago at 8:07am.

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Transaction Fee
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WeSwap Euro Card
EUR Rate: 1.1010
€1.75
Free
Exclusive to Compare Holiday Money customers: load £50 on a new card and get £10 free! New peer-to-peer approach offering exceptional exchange rates and up to 18 different currencies on one card. Free ATM withdrawals over £200.
No1 Currency Prepaid Travel Card
EUR Rate: 1.0962
€1.50
Free
Our time and money is limited, and therefore precious – no more so than when you’re travelling, so why waste either buying currency at the airport. The No.1 Currency Travel Money card can save you plenty of both, and can be organised online in three simple steps.
ICE PLC Euro Cashcard
EUR Rate: Check website
Free
Free
Get 1.5% cashback on all purchases over €50! The ICE Euro Cashcard is a robust and flexible card from a well-known and trusted currency provider. Please note a £4.75 charge is levied for a new card for amounts under £700.
FairFX Euro Card
EUR Rate: Check website
€1.50
Free
The FairFX Euro Card is one of our top cards and has some of the best rates available. *Free if you buy through Compare Holiday Money, otherwise £9.95.
Caxton FX Euro Traveller
EUR Rate: Check website
Free
Free
The CaxtonFX Euro Traveller is a fantastic card to use in Europe. No transaction or ATM fees make this one of the cheapest prepaid cards we compare.
BreadFX Euro Card
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€1.50
Free
The BreadFX Euro Card has no transaction fees when used in the Eurozone but a €1.50 ATM charge may put some people off.
Post Office Travel Money Card
EUR Rate: Check website
€2.00
Free
The Post Office Travel Money Card is a popular choice for the Eurozone. There are no transaction fees but ATM withdrawals will cost you €2 each time.
Tuxedo Travel Euro Card
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£1.50
Free
The Prepaid Travel Euro Card from Tuxedo is fairly competitive and offers most of the features you would expect. The pricey application fee is offset by adding ten pounds to your balance when you load the card for the first time but don't use this card in the UK to avoid hefty fees.
Travelex Money Card
EUR Rate: Check website
Free
Free
The Travelex Money Card was the UK's first contactless travel card and has all of the features you'd expect from an industry heavyweight and you can manage your account with the free Travelex App, You can load up to 10 currencies for which the main benefits apply, but be aware of the 2% reload fee for GBP and 5.75% foreign exchange fee when spending on a different currency to the one you loaded.
Lyk Lyk Card
EUR Rate: Check website
€1.75
Varies
The Lyk card brought to you by Thomas Cook Money has no foreign exchange fees, transfer cash between currencies for free*, enjoy 0% commission to top up in supported foreign currencies and you can freeze your card from the lyk app if you lose it. *Foreign exchange rate applies, please refer to terms & conditions. Get a FREE £15 Feelunique voucher when you load £350 or more!

Prepaid Euro Cards

Prepaid Euro Cards are a unique kind of payment method which are designed to be more cost-effective than a standard UK credit or debit card when used in the Eurozone. They are intended to be a modern replacement to Travellers Cheques as they are more secure, more widely accepted and can be used anywhere in the world that accepts VISA or MasterCard.

Like traditional bank cards they are made of high-quality, durable plastic and come complete with chip-and-pin protection as standard which means they are just as secure as a regular bank card. However, unlike traditional bank cards, prepaid cards are not linked to your bank account in any way which means you cannot go overdrawn with them; you simply 'load' Euros onto your card over the phone or internet (paying using your regular bank card) and top your balance up when it runs out. There are no hidden charges and no surprise bills when you return home from Europe!

Most prepaid Euro cards are free to purchase (a minimum initial top-up of around £50 is usually required) and are suitable for everyone from solo travellers and couples to families and large groups. Multiple cards can be linked to the same account which is perfect for families on a budget and any left-over currency at the end of your trip can be converted back into Pounds, usually at the rate you bought it at.

Prepaid Euro cards lie somewhere between cash and credit / debit cards when it comes to cost-effectiveness. Here are a couple of typical usage examples so you can see how the costs compare:

Euros received when spending £100 in a shop or restaurant in Europe*

Euros received for £100 from an ATM in Europe*

* Based on data taken on 24/11/14. The cash equivalent was calculated using the EUR rate of 1.2449 offered by Travel FX. The cards we compared were: FairFX Euro Card, Barclays Visa Debit and Barclays Visa Credit.

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