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bogg1000
#1
Hello!

I am in Sahagún and so far have had no luck in changing my USD to Euros.

In Logroño, Santander & another 2 banks just shrugged & couldn’t (or wouldn’t) tell me where to go.

I will be in León in 2 days. Can anyone tell me a place, close to the Camino, where I can exchange my USD for Euros?

I can and have, of course, used the ATM’s, but I brought $200 in USD’s and it’s useless to me. Any help appreciated.

Barry
 

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natefaith

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Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
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#4
I'd also recommend you take your $200 home. The BBVA bank here in Santiago will exchange USD to Euros, but they take a 10 - 30% commission, which is insane. Since you can use your ATM card without problems, there's no reason to give a bank any of your hard-earned money :).

Another option is to find someone who might be traveling to the US soon and do a personal exchange with him/her at a fair exchange rate. For example, you might find an American pilgrim who's stopping in León, has Euros he doesn't have time to use up, and is about to head home.

Take care and Buen Camino!
Faith
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#5
Hello!

I am in Sahagún and so far have had no luck in changing my USD to Euros.

In Logroño, Santander & another 2 banks just shrugged & couldn’t (or wouldn’t) tell me where to go.

I will be in León in 2 days. Can anyone tell me a place, close to the Camino, where I can exchange my USD for Euros?

I can and have, of course, used the ATM’s, but I brought $200 in USD’s and it’s useless to me. Any help appreciated.

Barry
That is going to be tough outside of an airport. If your bank has an affiliation with a European bank that has branches in Spain, it is doable... For instance, Bank of America is affiliated with Deutsche Bank, which has branches along the Camino Frances. Otherwise, if you have a debit or credit card, that will be your best bet.
 

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sept (2017) Lourdes to SJPDP via Piemonte
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#6
I with the people above, hold it to you get back to the USA. If you are desperate, ask at the local tourist office or a hospitalero.

good luck

Mark
 
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Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18
#7
In 2015 my son changed Auds into Euros in a bank in Santiago old town. Not sure of the fee though.
 

jerbear

Active Member
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CdM, Francis, San salvador, primativo june 2015 CDM , francis, inverino 2016
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#8
Some of the bar owners like 100 dollar bills. Just saying. Other than that it pretty much useless. Good luck.
 
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Caminos Frances (x4), Finisterre, Aragon, Via de la Plata, Portuguese 2011 -2015. Hospitalero 2015
#9
US Dollars are the counterfeiter's favourite currency (50's and 100's) in may countries
 
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2035 km of the way to Saint James in Galicia done.
#10
I will be in León in 2 days. Can anyone tell me a place, close to the Camino, where I can exchange my USD for Euros?
You may already be past it or may have found a major bank in the centre of Leon that is willing to change foreign banknotes into euros but if not: some stores of the El Corte Inglés chain in major cities are apparently exchanging money, and there is one in Leon:

https://www.elcorteingles.es/centroscomerciales/es/eci/servicios/cambio-de-moneda-extranjera
 

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