In Europe, day-to-day spending can be more cash-based.
American credit cards work throughout Europe (at hotels, larger shops and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies, and so on); Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted.
American Express is less common, and the Discover card is unknown in Europe.
Can Visa cards be used in Europe?
International brands and networks work best. Just about every business that does accept credit cards will take your Visa, MasterCard, or EuroCard, and businesses that cater to well-heeled tourists and business travelers usually honor American Express.
Is Visa or MasterCard better for Europe?
Yes, Mastercard is widely accepted in Europe. You’ll be able to use your card in all 50 European countries, at virtually every merchant that takes credit cards. Mastercard enjoys acceptance just about everywhere in the world, as does the Visa network.
Can I use my Visa internationally?
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted worldwide. If an establishment takes credit cards, it’s a good bet that your Visa or Mastercard will work. American Express has an international presence, too, but it is accepted by fewer merchants.
Can we use Visa debit card internationally?
Debit cards for overseas travel
Look for an account that offers a Mastercard or Visa debit card, which are accepted worldwide. The best checking accounts for international travel offer fee-free foreign transactions, so look for an account that offers low or no foreign transaction fees.