Money and Banks

At the time of writing the currency in Greece remains the Euro, despite all the problems the country and the economy have been going through. You can find the latest exchange rates on the internet and should shop around when looking to get currency for your holiday. Euros are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 notes. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents as well as 1 and 2 Euro coins.

The Greek word for Bank is ??????? (tra-peza) and you will see it on a sign outside of any bank. In Greece, and Kefalonia, banks open between 8am and 2pm Mondays through Thursdays and from 8am until 1:30pm on Fridays. Generally banks close over the weekend and on bank holidays, religious holidays and festivals. All will accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express and UK debit cards carrying the Maestro or Cirrus symbol will also be accepted in most places. There are a number of different banks in Poros, Lixouri, Fiskardo and Argostoli. You can also find atm machines in all of those places plus Sami and Skala.