Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Money & Shopping in Slovakia

EuropeSlovakiaMoney & Shopping in Slovakia

Currency

The euro is used in Slovakia. It is one of many European nations that utilize the Euro. All euro banknotes and coins are legal tender across the EU.

One euro is made up of 100 cents.

The euro’s official sign is €, and its ISO code is EUR. The cent does not have an official symbol.

Banking

Except in smaller settlements, automatic teller machines (ATMs, “bankomat” in Slovak, pl. “bankomaty”) are generally accessible in Slovakia, and getting money should not be a problem. Most tiny towns have local post offices where you may earn money (cashback). Credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, and Cirrus Maestro are commonly accepted in larger cities’ stores and restaurants.

Tipping

Tipping is not required in Slovakia, although it is customary at places where you sit (cafés and restaurants), where you round up the amount or leave about 10% tip. In most places, the tip is paid directly to the waiter (i.e. tell him/her how much to pay you back), rather than being placed on the table. Tipping is not included in the cost; if a percentage is mentioned on your bill, it is typically the VAT. The tip is included to the bill and should be given to the waiter when you pay before leaving the table. Tipping is not required, therefore if you are dissatisfied with the service, please do not feel obligated to tip! You will not be bothered if you do not.

Tipping is not customary at fast food restaurants, pubs, or for other types of services.