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BrilloPad
28th October 2009, 07:37
Anyone know the best currency to take when going to Latvia? The official one is LATs : but most prices over there seem to be in EUR too. I dont think I will get such a good exchange rate on LATs though.

Brussels Slumdog
28th October 2009, 08:05
Anyone know the best currency to take when going to Latvia? The official one is LATs : but most prices over there seem to be in EUR too. I dont think I will get such a good exchange rate on LATs though.

Why don't you just use your Debit Card to draw the cash you need at the airport and pay for hotels and restuarants with your credit card.
I stopped using a foreign exchange Bureau years ago.

ThomasSoerensen
28th October 2009, 08:18
Why don't you just use your Debit Card to draw the cash you need at the airport and pay for hotels and restuarants with your credit card.
I stopped using a foreign exchange Bureau years ago.

WHS

BP, please exit the 80's.

Paddy
28th October 2009, 08:34
Anyone know the best currency to take when going to Latvia? The official one is LATs : but most prices over there seem to be in EUR too. I dont think I will get such a good exchange rate on LATs though.

My plan B takes me to the Baltic States. Local currency is used for all transactions except business transactions, as they tend to be in Euros. If you already have a load of Euros then take them. If you are not there for business then you will lose out by changing GBP into Euro and then local.

Pogle
28th October 2009, 08:47
WHS

BP, please exit the 70's.


FTFY

Andy2
28th October 2009, 09:31
Why don't you just use your Debit Card to draw the cash you need at the airport and pay for hotels and restuarants with your credit card.
I stopped using a foreign exchange Bureau years ago.

Don't they screw you on charges when you use credit or debit card abroad ?

TimberWolf
28th October 2009, 09:41
Don't they screw you on charges when you use credit or debit card abroad ?

:spel invalidate your card

Brussels Slumdog
28th October 2009, 09:42
Don't they screw you on charges when you use credit or debit card abroad ?

You can't avoid not being screwed but foreign exchanges are bigger screwers.
You loose the most when you try to buy back your pounds. Holding on to euros is not a problem as you can always find a use for them later but holding on to currencies like LAT etc is a problem
Don't use your Credit Card to draw cash as this attracts very high charges only use your Debit card.
Use your credit card only to purchase

BrilloPad
28th October 2009, 12:00
Why don't you just use your Debit Card to draw the cash you need at the airport and pay for hotels and restuarants with your credit card.
I stopped using a foreign exchange Bureau years ago.

As I am going on my stag do part 2. I dont intend to take my cards out of the hotel : Riga can be quite a dodgy place.


WHS

BP, please exit the 80's.

I dream of reaching the 80s. I am still stuck in the 70s.

Mr Crosby
28th October 2009, 12:03
Heroin.

Paddy
28th October 2009, 12:23
As I am going on my stag do part 2. I dont intend to take my cards out of the hotel : Riga can be quite a dodgy place.
I dream of reaching the 80s. I am still stuck in the 70s.

Beware of taxis.

http://www.rigalatvia.net/taxi/#Visitor%20feed%20back%20surveys%20indicate%20that %20certain%20taxis%20tend%20to%20over%20charge

Moscow Mule
28th October 2009, 12:41
Beware of taxis.

http://www.rigalatvia.net/taxi/#Visitor%20feed%20back%20surveys%20indicate%20that %20certain%20taxis%20tend%20to%20over%20charge

Also, if you are going to a titty bar, make sure you keep a copy of initial drinks menu. Clubs in Budapest used to pull a switcheroo and charge 10x the amount you first thought of, and bring a new menu to prove it when you wanted to leave. It's cleaned up a bit now, but Riga is the Wild East all over again...

BrilloPad
28th October 2009, 14:59
Also, if you are going to a titty bar, make sure you keep a copy of initial drinks menu. Clubs in Budapest used to pull a switcheroo and charge 10x the amount you first thought of, and bring a new menu to prove it when you wanted to leave. It's cleaned up a bit now, but Riga is the Wild East all over again...

Indeed. There are only 2 recommended clubs in Riga : and apparently one of those has gone downhill!

Thats why I asm only taking cash out of the hotel : only cards.

First night we have a limo trip booked......