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The Euro is not only one of the most traded currencies in the world, it’s also one of the newest. Euro banknotes and coins became legal tender on January 1, 2002.

Euros are now officially accepted in 19 countries

France The Netherlands Estonia Malta
Germany Spain Finland Portugal
Greece Austria Latvia Slovakia
Italy Belgium Lithuania Slovenia
Ireland Cyprus Luxembourg  

You may also be able to spend Euros in other countries (some major stores in London may accept Euros, for example) but it's not widespread and exchange rates may not be favourable.

Planning to travel within Europe?

Whether you're eating croissants in Paris, sightseeing in Rome or skiing the Pyrenees, it's worth checking which currencies you'll need on your European trip.

When budgeting, some people find it helpful to lock in their AUD to Euro exchange rate. Two of the easiest ways to convert your Australian Dollars (AUD) to Euros before you travel are to:

  • Order foreign cash online and pick it up in a branch before you depart; or
  • Use a travel money card to convert AUD to Euros when it suits you - either ahead of time if exchange rates look favourable or simply convert AUD to Euro as you need it.

Sending Euros overseas?

If you're making an International Payment in Euros, you can send Euros from your Westpac bank account to more than 130 countries around the world, safely and securely.

LitePay costs $8 per payment and can be used for up to 3,000AUD in payments each day, while an International Payment in Euros from Online or Mobile Banking costs $10. If you're regularly making and receiving payments in Euros, you may want to consider a foreign currency account.

Shopping online with a European business?

If you're shopping online on overseas websites you may want to consider a Global Currency Card. You can lock in your exchange rate on supported currencies, such as Euros, Pounds and more.

Euro exchange rate & other European currencies