With so many countries packed into such a small space, you’ll never run out of places to explore in Europe. Here’s our handy guide to everything you need to know.
Explore world famous cities
Every corner of Europe is filled with amazing cities that travellers the world over come to explore. From the historic sights of Italy to the paradise beaches of Greece, the designers boutiques of Paris to the Nordic delights of Scandinavia, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Sip a coffee on the streets of Vienna or ride a gondola along the canals of Venice, indulge in the Mediterranean cuisine of the south or enjoy the hipster hangouts of Berlin. You’re sure to fall for the charms of Europe.
Discover history and cultural heritage
With a history that dates back thousands of years, there’s plenty of culture and heritage to explore in Europe. Pay a visit to the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome to marvel at the Acropolis and the Pantheon, still standing tall after centuries. Head to central Europe where you’ll find everything from baroque architecture to gothic and renaissance, dotted among the streets of Prague and Budapest. Explore modern history in the old eastern bloc, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. There’s plenty to discover.
Indulge in delicious food
With so many cultures in such a small space, Europe is rich in a plethora of delicious cuisines. Head south to the Mediterranean delights of Spanish tapas and Greek meze, or north to the Scandinavian smorgasbords and nouveau eateries. Enjoy the traditions of Munich’s Oktoberfest or the sophistication of Parisian gourmet, the pierogi of Poland or the spaghetti of Bologna. You certainly won’t regret it.
Across Europe there are 28 different currencies in use, with the euro being the currency of 21 countries and four microstates.
The other currencies are the Albanian lek, the Armenian dram, the Azerbaijani manat, the Belarusian ruble, the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark, the British pound, the Bulgarian lev, the Croatian kuna, the Czech koruna, the Danish krone, the Georgian lari, the Hungarian forint, the Icelandic króna, the Macedonian denar, the Moldovan leu, the Norwegian krone, the Polish złoty, the Romanian leu, the Russian ruble, the Serbian dinar, the Swedish krona, the Swiss franc, the Turkish lira and the Ukrainian hryvnia.
Whichever currency you need for your trip to Europe, you can order your travel money online with us.
Find out how the British pound is moving against the euro here.
If you don’t want to carry cash on you, you’ll be able to use our Cash Passport™ wherever you see the MasterCard logo.Order your travel money online
Travelling around Europe
Although Europe is a small continent by the standards of the rest of the world, travelling by plane is a quick and easy way to get from country to country without a fuss. There are plenty of budget airlines to choose from, from the notorious Ryanair and EasyJet to Vueling and Norwegian. To get the best deals, be super flexible and book as far in advance as possible, and you may even be able to find flights for as little as £9.99.
Travelling Europe by train is an iconic way to get around, and with so many different countries and cultures so close together, you can comfortably visit several in one day. Train travel in Europe is known for its amazing views, such as the Bernina Express through Switzerland and Italy, and the Bergen Line across the delights of Norway. Another popular option for European rail travel is interrailing: buying a rail pass that allows you to travel across all the participating countries, getting on and off wherever you choose. Some good interrailing options are Interrail and Eurail.
The majority of European cities will have a well-developed public transport system, including buses, trains, trams and metro lines. Popular destinations such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Madrid even run 24 hours a day, meaning you’ll always be able to get yourself home!
Travelex in Europe
It’s really simple to order your travel money from us before your trip – but if you happen to run out whilst you’re away, we have stores across Europe that you can pop into to pick up some more currency. You’ll find us in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and, of course, the UK.Order your travel money online