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Foreign Exchange Guide to Spain

This currency guide to Spain helps you choose the best way to save money on EUR transfers and travel money.    [USD/EUR=0.8942]

 
Spain
Country Code:
ES
Domestic Currency:
Euro
Symbol - Code:
€ EUR
Telephone Prefix:
+34

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


In this Spain 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 Spain - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Spain
  5. Sending money to Spain - save on Euro bank transfers to Spain
  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

Euro sentiment dipped in mid-June after the ECB, like other major central banks of the world, ramped up its dovish rhetoric. It said that there was “considerable room” for further quantitative easing and that it would consider negative interest rates. Ordinarily, this would spark an extended euro decline but since other major currencies are also wrestling with easier central bank policies, euro depreciation may be contained.

In spite of Brexit, a slowdown in economic growth, Italian risks and persistently weak inflation — an important measure of inflation expectations fell in June to a record low — the euro did fantastically well against the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar and British pound between mid-April and mid-June. Due to a stronger US dollar, EUR/USD was down 2 percent on the year at $1.12, close to long-term lows.

For more details read the full article Euro Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

USD/EUR 90-Day Trend: At 0.8984 USD to EUR is trading 0.7% below the average 0.905 with a range 0.8951 to 0.9175. There are no current alerts.
12 Dec, 2019 16:01-EST 21:01-GMT 08:01-AEDT(+1D)

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Spain

 

There’s always an excuse to visit Spain… whether it’s for the glorious sunshine, lazy-day siestas or soaking up those beautiful sights – the whole country is a open book of experiences that are definitely too beautiful to resist. The Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa are as beautiful as any mountain range on the continent, while the snowcapped Sierra Nevada rises up improbably from the sun-baked plains of Andalucía; these are hiking destinations of the highest order. The wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest are offset by the charming coves of the Mediterranean. And everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, huddle in valleys and cling to coastal outcrops as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain. That's where the country's charms are most likely to take hold.

Windswept Roman ruins, cathedrals of rare power and incomparable jewels of Islamic architecture speak of a country where the great civilisations of history have risen, fallen and left behind their indelible mark. One of the best aspects about visiting Spain though is the sheer diversity you can find all across the country – the cultures, food and even languages can change quite dramatically depending on where you find yourself in Spain. This of course only adds to the excitement of visiting and re-visiting Spain as each time afford you the possibility of having a fantastic new experience in a familiar place.

The Spaniards love visitors, hosting strangers, drinking good wine, laughing at a good meal, and enjoying life. A fiery, passionate place, this country will stay withy you forever and, unlike other Western European countries, will be a lot kinder to your wallet.

What currency to use in Spain?

The euro is the only currency accepted in Spain, and it is unlikely you'll be able to use anything else, even in the airport. It may be possible to exchange old Spanish peseta notes in a bank, but the easiest way to get Euros is to use an ATM. ATMs are available  everywhere in the larger cities, in the smaller towns you may have to walk a bit to the nearest one. Pickpocketing is something to watch out for in Spain, so instead of carrying your main credit card on you purchasing a Prepaid Travel Card before leaving home may save unnecessary hassles.

How to get around in Spain?

Most of the major cities have excellent local transport. Madrid and Barcelona have extensive bus and metro systems. Other cities and provincial capitals all have reasonable bus networks. You can buy single tickets on the buses or at estancos (tobacconists), but in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, you are better off buying combined 10-trip tickets that allow the use of a combination of bus and metro, and which work out cheaper per ride. These can be purchased in any metro station and from some tobacconists and newspaper kiosks.

Most travellers in Spain don’t get city passes, but if you plan to do a lot of city sightseeing, they are a good investment. All the major cities have multiple museums, attractions, and activities. Getting a city pass can save you up to 20% on these activities and get you free transport. If you are going on a sightseeing binge, get the pass!

Madrid has the countries most extensive metro train network, the other cities have reasonable but useful metro trains. The bigger cities have plenty of Taxis, but not so in the smaller towns.

Travel tips for Spain.

There are some pretty beautiful cities in Spain, including but not limited to the amazing; Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and Granada, but don’t think the cities are all there is to see! The beautiful Mediterranean coast, mountainous Basque region and the plains around Madrid all provide ample stomping ground for us travellers to see and explore a different aspect of this stunning country.

Most people understand at least a little English in Spain, most of the younger generation are fluent.

A siesta is a pretty big deal in Spain… and rightly so! Usually, around 1-4pm, many shops, offices and restaurants will shut their doors for a little afternoon kip. Take advantage of this time to chill-out and relax… or even enjoy a cheeky siesta yourself, after all it’s your holiday!

One thing to note (especially if you’re not from Southern Europe) is that dinner is usually much later than its Northern European neighbours. Dinner will usually start around 10pm for locals and can last a good few hours. Food is not rushed and is an amazing opportunity to socialise until the wee hours in your new local haunt.

 

Travel money for Spain

 

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 ProvidersAmount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
Travelex Online US logo
817.00
Best Overall
0.8170^8.7%
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
792.50
€24 less
0.7925011.44%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
784.58
€32 less
0.7925U$1012.33%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
776.65
€40 less
0.7925U$2013.21%
 
Travelex Online US logo
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.817 (8.7% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)817.00
Total Cost:8.7%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri Dec 13 2019 06:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.7925 (11.44% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)792.50
Total Cost:11.44%
Time:6:03 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7830 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)784.58
Total Cost:12.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.7925 (11.44% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)776.65
Total Cost:13.21%
Time:6:03 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 12/13/2019 - See full table
 

Spain Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare EUR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Spain
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Spain

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Spain 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).

Buying Property in Spain

Overseas buyers investing more than 500,000Euros in Spanish property are automatically eligible for a residency visa.

For non-EU citizen purchasers, permission for permanent residence can be obtained by opening a spanish bank account with more than US$150,000 and owning a business.

Look to spend 8-14% of the property value on buying costs, with legal fee around an additional 2%.


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Spain

When sending money to Spain 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 Spain.

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!

 
  

USD to EUR International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
XE logo
8,837
Best Overall
0.883701.25%
OFX logo
8,877
€40 more
0.88770^0.8%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,579.53
€257 less
0.8595184.13%
HSBC logo
8,573.12
€264 less
0.8586U$154.2%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8,521
€316 less
0.8571154.78%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
8,465.49
€372 less
0.8551U$1005.4%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
8,465.49
€372 less
0.8551U$1005.4%
 
XE logo
XE: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.8837 (1.25% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,837
Total Cost:1.25%
Time:6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 
OFX logo
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8877 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,877
Total Cost:0.8%
Difference:
€40 EUR more than using XE
Time:
Rate Fetched: 6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.8595 (3.96% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,579.53
Total Cost:4.13%
Difference:
€257 EUR less than using XE
Time:6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8586 (4.06% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,573.12
Total Cost:4.2%
Difference:
€264 EUR less than using XE
Time:6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8533 (4.65% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,521
Total Cost:4.78%
Difference:
€316 EUR less than using XE
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 
Bank of America logo
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8551 (4.45% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,465.49
Total Cost:5.4%
Difference:
€372 EUR less than using XE
Time:6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8551 (4.45% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,465.49
Total Cost:5.4%
Difference:
€372 EUR less than using XE
Time:6:03 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 12/13/2019 - See full table
 

EUR/USD - Euro to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*EUR/USDDate
7 Day+0.2%1.110405 Dec 2019
30 Day+1.1%1.101212 Nov 2019
3 Month0%1.113013 Sep 2019
1 Year-2.1%1.137112 Dec 2018
5 Year-10.7%1.246213 Dec 2014
10 Year-24%1.464714 Dec 2009

*For period to 12-Dec 21UTC when EUR/USD was 1.1128

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

PeriodChange*EUR/GBPDate
1 Day+0.2%0.843511 Dec 2019
7 Day+0.2%0.843905 Dec 2019
30 Day-1.3%0.856912 Nov 2019
3 Month-5%0.890013 Sep 2019
1 Year-6.1%0.900712 Dec 2018
5 Year+6.6%0.792913 Dec 2014
10 Year-6%0.899514 Dec 2009

*For period to 12-Dec 21UTC when EUR/GBP was 0.8455

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*EUR/AUDDate
1 Day-0.6%1.620611 Dec 2019
7 Day-0.8%1.625205 Dec 2019
30 Day+0.1%1.609512 Nov 2019
3 Month-0.4%1.618413 Sep 2019
1 Year+2.3%1.575512 Dec 2018
5 Year+6.6%1.511313 Dec 2014
10 Year+0.6%1.601714 Dec 2009

*For period to 12-Dec 21UTC when EUR/AUD was 1.6116

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