The supply of cash is extremely important, especially when travelling. If you are traveling to a country you have never been to before and you do not know the situation regarding the supply of cash, it is better to think about it and get some information.
The easiest way for a tourist to get money abroad is to simply go to an ATM and get the desired amount. But here, the simplicity already ends, as suddenly, many questions appear as for example: “Can I also get money with a credit card?”, “Do I have to pay operator fees?”, “Do I have to pay exchange or bank fees?”. Should I go to an ATM in the street or inside of a bank?” or “Are ATM-scams common in Munich or Germany?”. But the most frequently asked question is: “Where can I find an ATM in Munich?”.
In Munich, there are either bank-operated ATMs or privately operated ATMs, although the private companies also need an official licence in Germany. So you can be sure that they are not fraudulent ATMs.
The largest operators of cash dispensers in Munich are:
Now you will surely ask yourself: “Does it make a difference for me as a tourist at which cash machine I withdraw my money? The answer to that is “yes and no”.
Basically it does not matter whether you use a bank ATM or a private owned ATM. As a foreign tourist you pay fees at every ATM. But the amount of these fees and of exchange rates vary from operator to operator. Private ATM operators usually have higher transaction fees than banks.
My tip here is (if your own bank or credit card company does not reimburse the fees) that you try to use a bank ATM.
If you like to read more about ATM fees in Munich and Germany, read my post “ATM fees in Munich and Germany” (coming soon).
Depending on where you come from, you may find it either easy or difficult to find an ATM in Munich. Especially tourists from the USA will find the search for an ATM uncomfortable. In the USA you can find ATMs (especially in big cities) in almost every shop, supermarket or restaurant. Not so in Germany or Munich.
Until five years ago you had to go to banks almost without exception to get to an ATM. Often these banks also had mini-branches not only in subway stations, at large train stations or shopping malls but also throughout the city. But then, more and more banks focused on reducing their expenses and closed many branches. The emerging gap was filled by a few private ATM companies. Today, in addition to the banks and their branches, there are more and more often private owned ATMs, which can be found in streets or shops, especially in touristy areas.
The most common places where you can find ATM’s in Munich are:
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