Until you know the best banks to use and the ones to avoid, escaping ATM fees in Greece is a bit like a game of Russian Roulette. Depending on which bank you choose, the fee for making a cash withdrawal from an ATM in Greece can range from €2.00 to €3.00. Then again, if you choose the bank carefully, or just make a lucky choice, you can make a withdrawal without paying any charges at all.
When I first arrived in Athens, I tried to make a withdrawal, from an ATM owned by Piraeus Bank. The machine wanted to add a charge of €3. I don’t like paying to access my own money, so I cancelled the transaction and redeemed by card.
After a little wandering around I found an Attica Bank and the ATM dispensed the money I wanted without charging any extra fees at all. Guess which Bank’s ATMs I’ve been using ever since.
One day when the ATM outside the Attica Bank wasn’t working I had to go looking elsewhere. I went to Alpha Bank. The machine wanted to charge me €2.50 and a message on the screen informed me that this would be on top of any fees my own bank charged me (in my case zero). I cancelled the transaction and continued my search.
My next port of call was NGB (i-Bank). This time the ATM only wanted to hit me with a fee of €2.00. That’s a lower cash withdrawal fee than Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank wanted to charge me, but I was still unwilling to pay it. Two or three euros here and there can add up to a lot of money by the end of the year. I work hard for my money. I’m not going to throw it away.
So, if you are visiting Greece and want to make a withdrawal from an ATM and avoid paying any fees at all, Attica Bank is the one to use.
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