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Foreign Exchange Guide to Ireland

Read this currency guide to Ireland with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/EUR=0.882]

 
Ireland
Country Code:
IE
Domestic Currency:
Euro
Symbol - Code:
€ EUR
Telephone Prefix:
+353

This is a foreign exchange guide to Ireland, the Euro currency plus EUR transfers and travel tips.


In this Ireland currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Euro info - general info about the Euro
  2. Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Ireland - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Ireland
  5. Sending money to Ireland - save on Euro bank transfers to Ireland
  6. Euro exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. EUR News - the latest Euro related articles from our blog.

Euro (EUR) general currency information


What is the Euro currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the symbol is .


Which countries use the Euro?

It is the domestic currency in Eurozone, Aaland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Vatican City, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Reunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.

The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.

Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.

Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.

There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.


Euro (EUR) in the markets

13-February-19: 2018 was a mixed year for the euro. A 5 percent loss versus the US dollar was offset by a 6 percent gain versus the Australian dollar and small gains against other majors.

Since November, the euro has been remarkably stable against the US dollar, against which it has traded for the most part between $1.125 and $1.15. The euro was quoted towards the low of this range at $1.128 at the time of writing, down 1.5 percent year-to-date.

At the time of writing, euro-pound was 2.5 percent lower on the year at £0.876. Most price action since September has been between £0.865 and £0.91.

The euro is understandably under pressure in early 2019 ahead of Brexit, which more than ever is a source of uncertainty, and on increasing recession risks — Italy slid into recession in February and Germany barely escaped one in the October-December period.

The main euro-supporting factor this year would be an interest rate hike by the ECB, although this is up in the air considering the aforementioned risks.

Forecasts: In February, the head of strategy at BMO Capital Markets predicted a decline in EUR/USD to 1.11 by the end of April. Experts at Natwest predicted a slide in EUR/GBP to £0.85 by mid-year.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USDEUR currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Ireland

 

Ireland is a beautiful country filled with rolling green hills, castles, beautiful cliffs, Guinness beer, and super-friendly locals. Dublin is a lively city with great pubs and history while the country is filled with beautiful landscapes and castles, so it’s hard not to have a good time here. The country is small so it's easy to explore the whole thing, it is vibrant and fun.

History is everywhere, from the breathtaking monuments of prehistoric Ireland at Brú na Bóinne, Slea Head in Kerry and Carrowmore in Sligo, to the fabulous ruins of Ireland's rich monastic past at Glendalough, Clonmacnoise and Cashel.

Cliffs of Moher.

What currency is used in Ireland?

The Euro has been the currency in circulation in Ireland since the beginning of 2002. It replaced The Irish pound ("punt Éireannach" in Irish). There are two currencies in use on the island of Ireland, so come prepared. You should be aware that as part of the UK, Northern Ireland uses pound sterling, not the euro. Since international bank cards will work perfectly in ATMs and chip and pin terminals on both sides it won’t make a huge difference, but it’s worth knowing if you’re planning to shop. In the 6 counties of Northern Ireland (Fermanagh, Armagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim and Down), sterling (GBP) is the currency used.

How to travel in Ireland?

Ireland is extremely well-served by budget airlines traveling throughout the UK and Europe. By booking in advance with the likes of Ryanair, Easyjet, and BMIBaby, you can get cheap flights from Ireland to elsewhere in the world. Ireland's size makes domestic flying unnecessary, but there are flights between Dublin and Belfast, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Shannon and Sligo aimed at passengers connecting from international flights. Flights linking the mainland to the Aran Islands are popular.

For cheap bus travel take the Green bus like most locals, they service most of Ireland. Eat at the pubs for good, hearty local Irish food that won't destroy your wallet. If you like visiting heritage sites grab a OPW Heritage card. It gives access to main attractions, including most of the castles throughout the country. The card costs 25 EUR for adults.

Bus is convenient but renting a car in Ireland can be fantastic to get around on your own schedule. The traffic is not hectic and the roads are good. The bus is fine, but if you have the ability be sure to rent a car to see the countryside and meet the people on your own timetable. 

Streets of Dublin.

Ireland's compact size and scenic landscapes make it a good cycling destination. However, unreliable weather, many very narrow roads and some very fast drivers are major concerns. Special tracks such as the 42km Great Western Greenway in County Mayo are a delight. A good tip for cyclists in the west is that the prevailing winds make it easier to cycle from south to north.

Ireland's offshore islands are all served by boat. Ferries also operate across rivers, inlets and loughs, providing useful short cuts, particularly for cyclists.

Travel tips for Ireland.

Everything you’ve heard is true: Ireland is a stunner. The locals need little prodding to proclaim theirs the most beautiful land in the world, and can support their claim with many examples. Everyone will argue over the must-sees but you can't go wrong if you put on your to-visit list the brooding loneliness of Connemara, the dramatic wildness of Donegal, the majestic mountains of Mourne, the world-famous scenery of counties Kerry and Cork, and the celebrated Causeway Coast.

If you stay at a B&B (Bed and Breakfast) eat the big breakfast that is served.. It will last you well  beyond midday. Lunch is then often later without much need for a big dinner. Again saving you some dollars.

Buses won't stop unless you put your hand out. If you are taking the bus this is vitally important. But be warned, some days even putting your hand out and waving it around won't be enough to make them stop. So don't be surprised if you see people at the bus stop jumping up and down in desperation when the bus is in view.

While most of the major Irish sights can be taken in using public transport or tour buses, renting a car is worth considering, to get to those spectacular places off the beaten track.

 

Travel money for Ireland

 

Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
Travel Money Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Amount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery/CollectDeal Links
Wells Fargo Bank Foreign Currency
Wells Fargo Bank logo
826.34 EUR
Compare
0.8432$206.37%Branch-
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
826.27 EUR
€0.07 less
0.8347$106.38%Branch-
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
826.20 EUR
€0.14 less
0.826206.39%Branch-
 
Travelex Online US logo
823.80 EUR
€2.54 less
0.82380^6.66%Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery2-3 days
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8432 (4.46% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.34 EUR
Total Cost:6.37%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo

Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7723 (12.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.27 EUR
Total Cost:6.38%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8262 (6.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.20 EUR
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.8238 (6.66% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:823.80 EUR
Total Cost:6.66%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Feb 20 2019 10:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/20/2019
 

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Sending money to Ireland

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Ireland you need to start with finding out the latest Euro foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Ireland

When sending money to Ireland it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Ireland.

Use our Send to EUR calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 
Foreign Transfer Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Receive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostTransfer ServicesTransfer SpeedDeal Links
 
OFX logo
8,721 EUR
Best Overall
0.87210^1.19%Bank Transfers - Online & Phone1-2 days
 
TransferWise logo
8,737.21 EUR
€16 more
0.8782$511.01%Bank Transfers - Online1-2 days
Wells Fargo Bank International Money Transfers
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,539.6 EUR
€181 less
0.8555183.24%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
HSBC International Money Transfers
HSBC logo
8,534.18 EUR
€187 less
0.8547$153.31%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8,482 EUR
€239 less
0.8532153.9%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
8,426.88 EUR
€294 less
0.8512$1004.52%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
8,426.88 EUR
€294 less
0.8512$1004.52%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8721 (1.19% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,721 EUR
Total Cost:1.19%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Feb 20 2019 10:02:30 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
TransferWise: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$51 USD (0.5% + $1)
Exchange Rate:0.8782 (0.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,737.21 EUR
Total Cost:1.01%
Difference:
€16 more than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.8555 (3.07% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,539.6 EUR
Total Cost:3.24%
Difference:
€181 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8547 (3.16% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,534.18 EUR
Total Cost:3.31%
Difference:
€187 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo

Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8494 (3.76% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,482 EUR
Total Cost:3.9%
Difference:
€239 less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8512 (3.56% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,426.88 EUR
Total Cost:4.52%
Difference:
€294 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8512 (3.56% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,426.88 EUR
Total Cost:4.52%
Difference:
€294 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/20/2019
 

Popular EUR cross rates


EUR/USD - Euro to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
19 Feb 20191.1336Latest
12 Feb 20191.13341 Week+0.02%
20 Jan 20191.13651 Month-0.26%
23 Aug 20181.15426 Months-1.78%
19 Feb 20181.24001 Year-8.58%
19 Feb 20171.06262 Years+6.68%
20 Feb 20141.37195 Years-17.37%
21 Feb 20091.271410 Years-10.84%

EUR/GBP - Euro to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
19 Feb 20190.8694Latest
12 Feb 20190.87921 Week-1.11%
20 Jan 20190.88431 Month-1.68%
23 Aug 20180.90116 Months-3.52%
19 Feb 20180.88621 Year-1.9%
19 Feb 20170.85492 Years+1.7%
20 Feb 20140.82385 Years+5.54%
21 Feb 20090.885010 Years-1.76%

EUR/JPY - Euro to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
19 Feb 2019125.3589Latest
12 Feb 2019125.25421 Week+0.08%
20 Jan 2019124.64681 Month+0.57%
23 Aug 2018128.54606 Months-2.48%
19 Feb 2018132.33591 Year-5.27%
19 Feb 2017119.99232 Years+4.47%
20 Feb 2014140.34645 Years-10.68%
21 Feb 2009119.077710 Years+5.27%

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
19 Feb 20191.5872Latest
12 Feb 20191.59551 Week-0.52%
20 Jan 20191.58691 Month+0.02%
23 Aug 20181.59346 Months-0.39%
19 Feb 20181.56791 Year+1.23%
19 Feb 20171.38562 Years+14.55%
20 Feb 20141.52315 Years+4.21%
21 Feb 20091.979410 Years-19.81%

EUR/CAD - Euro to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
19 Feb 20191.5031Latest
12 Feb 20191.49951 Week+0.24%
20 Jan 20191.50881 Month-0.38%
23 Aug 20181.51216 Months-0.6%
19 Feb 20181.55841 Year-3.55%
19 Feb 20171.39092 Years+8.07%
20 Feb 20141.51915 Years-1.05%
21 Feb 20091.597010 Years-5.88%

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