For example, in New York pretty much every ATM will charge you regardless of the UK bank you use. While in many countries in Europe, you can often find ATMs that don’t charge you for withdrawing cash using a UK debit card.
Starling customers can withdraw up to £300 per day, whether they’re at home or away.
Pay in the local currency
With Starling, when you pay the bill for your pizza in Naples or your tagine in Morocco, tap the option to pay in the local currency. That way, you’ll receive Mastercard’s real exchange rate, which we pass on to you without adding any fees on top.
The same goes for withdrawing money abroad from an ATM - don’t accept the optional conversion rate shown by the ATM. By rejecting it, you should receive Mastercard’s real exchange rate.
If you do choose GBP when you pay for that pizza, you’ll be given the exchange rate determined by the merchant (likely to be higher) and any additional fees the merchant has set.
Once the transaction has been made, you’ll receive a notification from the Starling app outlining how much you’ve spent in the local currency and how much you’ve spent in GBP so you can see exactly what your boat trip or museum visit cost. It’s also a good idea to keep all your receipts and card machine receipts to check that you’ve been given the option you chose.