Foreign Exchange Guide to Monaco
The domestic currency in Monaco is the Euro with currency code EUR. Read this foreign exchange guide to Monaco and the Euro with money transfer and travel tips plus Euro exchange cross rates.
In this guide we review :
- Euro info - general info about the Euro
- Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in Monaco - currency & money saving tips
- Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Monaco
- Sending money to Monaco - save on Euro bank transfers to Monaco
- Euro exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
Euro (EUR) general currency information
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.
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.
Euro (EUR) in the markets
On June 14th, the euro had one of its worst days in recent memory after the ECB signalled it would leave interest rates unchanged at 0.0 percent until the latter stages of 2019. A day later (the day of this report), the euro was trading in the mid-$1.15s versus the dollar and looked set to lose more of its value (earlier in the year it had traded in the mid-$1.25s), and had fallen towards the bottom end of its long-term trading range against the pound, at £0.873.
The ECB did at least announce it would phase out quantitative easing in Europe, which kept the euro’s losses within reasonable limits. QE will be terminated at the end of the year.
Goldman Sachs described the June ECB meeting as a “material negative for the euro.”
Prior to the ECB decision, Danske Bank had estimated a median price for EUR/USD in H2 2018 of 1.18; the bank saw a return to the 1.20s as unlikely in the near term (that's almost certain after the ECB meeting). Danske had predicted a “foot-dragging” ECB that would be “reactive rather than active.”
The interactive chart below shows the EUR to USD 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.
Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Monaco
Monaco uses the euro as its official currency, despite the fact that it is not part of the EU. The official language of Monaco is French. However, the national language is Monegasque, which is spoken by roughly 20 percent of the principality’s population, and is similar to Italian. Italian is also used by many residents, as well as some German. It is easy to get around Monaco with English, with most people working in the tourism industry speaking English.
There are plenty of ATMs in Monte Carlo where you can withdraw Euros. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling, don't forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and to check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card. Money is easily changed at airports, hotels, banks, and currency exchange kiosks. There are also currency exchange ATMs, which allows visitors to exchange money, as well as regular ATMs throughout the principality.
All the regular transport options are available in Monte Carlo like buses, taxis and hire cars, but they also have something very different. Elevators. People actually take elevators around town. Monte Carlo has a system of free public elevators that takes people from downtown Monte Carlo to nearby districts if you can't be bothered walking. It’s really easy to simply walk around the city. If the winding streets ever tire you though, you can always jump on public elevator, which operate 24 hours a day. Head to the Central Tourist Centre to pick up a map to locate the 7 elevators.
Monte Carlo also has a very efficient bus service that operates 5 different routes that’ll take you to Monaco-Ville, Saint Roman, Casino, Jardin Exotique, Larvotto, Gare, Fontvieille and Hôpital.
Monaco Trip Checklist
- Compare EUR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
- Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Monaco
- Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)
Travel money for Monaco
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 Exchange Rates Compared
Buying EUR Cash with USD 1,000
Rate timestamp : Sat Jun 23 2018 23:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Sending money to Monaco
When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Monaco 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).
What prime property does $US1m buy in Monaco?The area (㎡) of prime property that $US1million buys in Monaco (Q1 2018) is a very small and cozy 15㎡. This is compared to equivalent areas for Hong Kong 22㎡, New York 25㎡, London 27㎡, Singapore 37㎡, Paris 45㎡, Shanghai 50㎡, Los Angeles 58㎡, Tokyo 70㎡, Berlin 74㎡, Miami 78㎡, Mumbai 94㎡, Istanbul 110㎡, Dubai 138㎡ and San Paulo 172㎡.
Getting a better deal when sending money to Monaco
When sending money to Monaco 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 :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
- Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
- Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Monaco.
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!
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Sending USD 10,000 to EUR
Rate timestamp : Sat Jun 23 2018 23:03:10 GMT+0000 (UTC)