Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > TravelBuzz
Reload this Page >

Euro coins: Which ones might be useful to have?

Euro coins: Which ones might be useful to have?

Old Jan 14, 20, 3:21 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 363
Euro coins: Which ones might be useful to have?

Am packing for a trip to central europe and found a bunch of Euro coins from an earlier trip.

2 euro, 1 euro, 50 cent, 20, etc

Please think about the last time you needed a Euro coin while traveling.
What denomination was it, and what did you use it for?
MareLuce is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 3:38 am
  #2  
Marriott Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Programs: UA-1P AB-Gold SPG-Plat Hilton-DIA Hyatt-DIA PC-Gold MR-Plat Hertz-PC
Posts: 3,023
50C or 1 Euro coins would be most usefull. Depending on the country, one might need to pay 50c to use a public toilet, or if you'd need a shopping cart, those normally take 50c or 1 Euro.
MareLuce and wrp96 like this.
thomas199023 is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 6:24 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: DAY/CMH
Programs: UA MileagePlus
Posts: 2,340
I was really glad I had a €2 and a €0.20 coin at a tollbooth near Lyon recently when it rejected my credit card for the €2.20 toll.

Why would you not bring all your change? I have a little rubber coin purse that I load up with any destination-country coins and switch with my American coin purse en route. Any excess goes in a baggie for restocking — though I kept forgetting that last step on my recent trip and ended up bringing home way too much small change.
Redhead likes this.

Last edited by ajGoes; Jan 14, 20 at 7:35 am
ajGoes is online now  
Old Jan 14, 20, 7:14 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: FDH (Friedrichshafen)
Programs: AAdvantage, BAEC, Avios, Alaska, SAS Eurobonus, DL Skymiles, IHG Priority, Best Western Rewards
Posts: 2,121
As noted, 50c coins for public toilets. Any coin below 50c has very little practical use. Just get rid of the shrapnel as soon as you can.
The_Bouncer is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 7:58 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,716
0.50, 1 and 2 euro

Coin lockers, supermarket trolleys, toilets, vending machines at train stations
paperwastage is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 8:20 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: FDH (Friedrichshafen)
Programs: AAdvantage, BAEC, Avios, Alaska, SAS Eurobonus, DL Skymiles, IHG Priority, Best Western Rewards
Posts: 2,121
Originally Posted by paperwastage View Post
0.50, 1 and 2 euro

Coin lockers, supermarket trolleys, toilets, vending machines at train stations
Also some parking payment machines don't take bills or credit cards.
The_Bouncer is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 8:37 am
  #7  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Watchlisted by the prejudiced, en route to purgatory
Programs: Just Say No to Fleecing and Blacklisting
Posts: 89,369
Originally Posted by MareLuce View Post
Am packing for a trip to central europe and found a bunch of Euro coins from an earlier trip.

2 euro, 1 euro, 50 cent, 20, etc

Please think about the last time you needed a Euro coin while traveling.
What denomination was it, and what did you use it for?
I would take the coins and try to spend them down, especially the 1-20 cents ones.
The_Bouncer likes this.
GUWonder is online now  
Old Jan 14, 20, 8:50 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Programs: UA 1K, BA Gold
Posts: 1,500
I like to have a few 1 and 2 euro coins to get metro tickets in Paris. Not all machines take bills, and not all credit cards work on the machines (though with chips that is getting better).
Artpen100 is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 8:54 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,716
Note that some countries do rounding to nearest 0.05 (ams,Belgium , ...)

1 &2 cent are still legal tender and should be accepted (up to some limit like 50 coins/transaction)
paperwastage is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 8:58 am
  #10  
Moderator: UK and Ireland & Europe, and Carbon Conscious Travel
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Biggleswade
Programs: SK*G, Lots of Blue Elsewhere
Posts: 13,425
€1 coins can be a lifesaver at some stations and regional airports if you need a luggage trolley. Particularly when the car hire centre is good walk away (yes, LRH, I'm looking at you...)
HardToConcentrate likes this.
stut is online now  
Old Jan 14, 20, 9:11 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Programs: DL PM, MR Titanium/LTG, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 7,373
I've been to Europe 10+ times over the past 18 months and haven't used cash a single time

Last edited by Duke787; Jan 14, 20 at 10:23 am Reason: typo
Duke787 is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 9:39 am
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: FDH (Friedrichshafen)
Programs: AAdvantage, BAEC, Avios, Alaska, SAS Eurobonus, DL Skymiles, IHG Priority, Best Western Rewards
Posts: 2,121
Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
I've got to Europe 10+ times over the past 18 months and haven't used cash a single time
This is entirely possible in many European countries. If I lived in the UK, for example, I probably wouldn't even carry cash at all.

However, you would struggle in Germany or, to a lesser degree, Austria.
deniah and farci like this.
The_Bouncer is offline  
Old Jan 14, 20, 9:40 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: May 2018
Programs: Flying Blue, BAEC, VAFC, IHG Platinum, Hilton Honors
Posts: 180
Originally Posted by paperwastage View Post
Note that some countries do rounding to nearest 0.05 (ams,Belgium , ...)

1 &2 cent are still legal tender and should be accepted (up to some limit like 50 coins/transaction)
I've had copper coins rejected by shops in the Netherlands. I believe Finland is the same.
DeeGee26.2 is online now  
Old Jan 14, 20, 9:41 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: May 2018
Programs: Flying Blue, BAEC, VAFC, IHG Platinum, Hilton Honors
Posts: 180
Originally Posted by The_Bouncer View Post
This is entirely possible in many European countries. If I lived in the UK, for example, I probably wouldn't even carry cash at all.

However, you would struggle in Germany or, to a lesser degree, Austria.
A lot of places in the Netherlands only accept cards issued by Dutch banks.

In the UK, on the other hand, I can make a £20 note last for well over a month. Can't spend my euro cent coins there, though.
DeeGee26.2 is online now  
Old Jan 14, 20, 9:42 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Programs: AC Aeroplan, BA Executive, DL Skymiles, Marriott Gold, Hilton Gold, National Executive Elite
Posts: 262
1 and 2 cent coins are basically useless, most machines won’t even take them

50 cents and above are the most valuable but some machines will take 20 cents as well
siaa380 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: