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Euronet ATMs in Venice

If you see the name "Euronet" on a cash machine, turn the other way and look for a legitimate "Bancomat" or "Postamat."

Euronet ATM in Venice, Italy

ABOVE: In the past few years, Venice has been overrun by for-profit ATMs that charge steep transaction fees and outrageous currency-exchange rates. Most of them are from Euronet, which operates nearly 50,000 ATMs in 175 countries.


Automated teller machines, a.k.a. cash machines, are usually associated with banks. In Venice, for example, you'll find "Bancomats" at bank branches around the city, where tourists and other visitors can withdraw local currency by using their hometown bank cards.

If the Venice bank charges a transaction fee on top of the visitor's hometown bank fees, the fee is usually about €3,--. And at some locations, such as branches of the Italian Post Office, there may be no local transaction fees at all.

Euronet logo

Private for-profit ATMS are another story. Increasingly, popular tourist destinations such as Venice and Prague have been overrun by private for-profit networks such as Euronet, which take advantage of consumer ignorance about cash machines and currency exchange.

To show what we mean, here are photos from actual screens at a Euronet ATM. (We began a withdrawal sequence, bailing out at the last minute so avoid financial pain.)


BELOW: Euronet welcomes us to Venice with a lion logo and an ATM.

Euronet ATM in Venice, Italy

Euronet ATM welcome screen


BELOW: After inserting our card and choosing a language, we enter our U.S. bank card's PIN and choose a service ("Cash").

Euronet ATM choose language dialogue

Euronet ATM PIN entry

Euronet ATM select service screen


BELOW: The default "Select an amount" screen starts at €200, so we click "Other amount" to pick a smaller number (in this case, €100).

Euronet ATM select amount screen

Euronet ATM screen with smaller amount


BELOW: If you're from outside the Euro Zone, the Euronet ATM pitches withdrawal "in your home currency," which translates into a staggering 13 percent markup on the conversion.


BELOW: In addition to the horrifying exchange rate, Euronet levies a € 3,95 transaction fee (which is on top of any fees that a visitor's home bank may charge).


BELOW: On another day, we try our luck at an Italian Post Office Postamat, where we aren't tempted by a "conversion" option and don't even need to pay a local transaction fee.

Postamat Giudecca


Bottom line: If you need cash in Venice (or any European tourist destination), avoid for-profit ATMs at freestanding locations, retail shops, bars, or restaurants.

Instead:

  • Use Bancomats or Postamats and read the fee details carefully before completing the transaction.

  • Always say "No" to the conversion option, because you'll get a better rate from the international clearinghouse that your bank and the local bank use.


Related articles at Europe for Visitors:
ATMs and Currency Exchange Machines
ATM "Conversion Fees"