Argentina Travel Money Guide

Learn how using a combo of travel money products may be the best way to pay your way around Argentina.

At one end of the Argentine scale, you have Buenos Aires with its street art, nightlife and foodie offering. At the other end, there are sky-spearing mountain ranges and glaciers.

Argentina is a chalk and cheese country, and that rings true when it comes to paying for things along your travels. See why we recommend a combination of travel-friendly cards and cash.

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ATMs are readily available in cities, large towns and tourist resorts, so you can get cash easily in these areas. Plus, most hotels, big restaurants and large shops accept credit and debit cards.

If you're travelling away from big cities, though, you'll need plenty of Argentine pesos at your disposal. Traveller's cheques aren't widely used in the country, so this is a no-go option.

Rates last updated January 22nd, 2019
Name Product Description Available Currencies ATM Withdrawal Fee Reload Fee Initial Load Fee
Hold up to 10 currencies and lock in your exchange rate. No load, reload or transaction fees on purchases and part of a worldwide ATM alliance.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD
AUD 3.50, USD 2.50, GBP 2.00, EUR 2.20, NZD 4.50, CAD 3.00, HKD 20.00, SGD 4.00, THB 95, JPY 260

0%
$0
Up to 11 currencies on 1 card locked in exchange rates and no load fees.
AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, AED
USD 2.50, EUR 2.50, GBP 2.00, NZD 3.50, THB 80.00, CAD 3.50, HKD 18.00, JPY 260.00, SGD 3.50, AUD 3.50, AED 10.00
$0
$0
Get the chance to win a share of 1 million Qantas Points for every $100 in foreign currency you load onto your Qantas Travel Money card plus earn up to 5000 bonus points.
AUD, AED, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD
AUD 1.95, CAD 2.00, EUR 1.50, GBP 1.25, HKD 15.00, JPY 160, NZD 2.50, SGD 2.50, USD 1.95, THB 70.00, AED 6.50

1%
$0

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Rates last updated January 22nd, 2019
Name Product Foreign Currency Conversion Fee Overseas ATM Withdrawal Fee Overseas Cash Advance Fee Annual fee Product Description
Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
2% of transaction amount or $4 (whichever is greater)
$0 p.a.
Offers a $0 annual fee, 0% foreign transaction fees, complimentary international travel insurance and a balance transfer offer.
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
3% of the cash advance or $4 (whichever is greater)
$0 p.a.
No foreign transaction fees on international purchases including international purchases online, together with a no annual fee.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
0% of transaction value
$5
$0
$225 p.a.
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points, 2 yearly Virgin Australia lounge passes, plus enjoy $0 overseas purchase transaction fees.

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Rates last updated January 22nd, 2019
$
Name Product Product Description Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Monthly Account Fee Overseas ATM Withdrawal Fee Overseas Eftpos Fee
HSBC Everyday Global Account
No foreign ATM or transaction fees.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy no minimum ongoing balance or transaction requirements and the flexibility to hold up to 10 currencies. Apple Pay and Google Pay available.
Visa
$0
$0
$0
ING Orange Everyday Account
Receive a rebate on any international transaction fees and international ATM fees when you deposit at least $1,000 a month and make at least 5 card purchases.
Visa
$0
$2.50
2.5%
NAB Classic Banking with Platinum Visa Debit Card
$10 cashback on contactless purchases, $0 foreign transaction fee and complimentary travel insurance.
$10 monthly account fee.
Receive $10 cashback when you spend $1000 on contactless purchases. Complimentary travel insurance, transport accident insurance, purchase protection insurance and more when you meet eligibility criteria.
Visa
$0
$5
0%
Citi Global Currency Account
Hold up to 10 currencies.
$0 monthly account fee.
Enjoy one linked debit card to hold up to 10 currencies and receive foreign currencies for free. Earn up to 2.25% p.a. interest on your AUD balance.
Mastercard
$0
$0
$0

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Rates last updated January 22nd, 2019
Name Product Description Minimum Order Amount Maximum Order Amount Delivery/Pickup Method Commission Fees
Order over 60 currencies online at the best price against the Australian dollar and collect at one of over 130 locations across Australia.
$500
$10,000
In Store or At Airport
$0
Travelex makes it easy to exchange and get the best rate on over 40 currencies so you can be prepared for your next holiday.
$500
$5,000
In Store or At Airport
$0
Order multiple currencies in one transaction and have it delivered directly to your door anywhere in Australia.
$0
$9,999
In Store or Home Delivery
$0

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Should I bring a pre-paid travel card, credit card or debit card to Argentina?

Travel money option Pros Cons
Pre-paid travel money card
  • Protected by a PIN and a chip
  • Pre-load and secure your exchange rate in multiple foreign currencies
  • Accepted worldwide
  • Emergency card replacement and back-up cards
  • Ideal for managing your travel budget
  • You can't load Argentine pesos on many of the prepaid cards available in Australia
  • Although they are accepted, Argentine merchants aren't as familiar with the prepaid card as they are with credit or debit cards
  • Some cards charge you for not using them.
Credit card
  • Protected by a PIN and a chip
  • Access to funds up to your credit limit
  • Benefits include reward points on spending and frequent flyer perks
  • Emergency card replacement
  • Some vendors add up to a 5% surcharge for using a credit card
  • Higher spending limits can seduce you into going over your budget.
Debit card
  • Accepted at most ATMs
  • Accepted at hotels, shops and restaurants in big cities and tourist resorts
  • Protected by a PIN and a chip
  • Good for sticking to a budget
  • Less accepted in remote or less touristy areas
  • Foreign transaction fees often apply
Cash
  • Readily accepted all over the country, especially outside major cities
  • Preferred method of payment
  • US dollars can be exchanged for pesos
  • Convenient
  • Easy to lose
  • Easy to spend
  • Some fake notes in circulation

What's the Argentine currency?

The Argentine peso (ARS/$) is the national currency of Argentina. The peso is subdivided into centavos, which are distributed as coins, and there are 100 centavos in a peso. These coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos. There are also 1 and 2 peso coins as well as 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 peso notes.

For the last few years, exchange rates have fluctuated quite a bit, hovering around 7 pesos to $1 back in 2015 and dropping down to 28 pesos per $1 in 2018.

Travel money tips for Argentina

  • If you have to pay a fee per withdrawal, keep in mind Argentine ATMs impose limits on the amount you can withdraw in one go. Limits can sometimes be as low as $100 a time.
  • ATMs can sometimes run out of money, so don't pass up the opportunity to withdraw cash if you are running low.
  • Never accept an offer to exchange money from a person on the street. They'll probably offer better exchange rates, but it won't be as safe as the official method.
  • A few scams regarding fake money take place in Argentina. They're not rife, but it's helpful to ensure you know how to spot a fake note before you travel.
  • US dollars are also accepted in several areas across Argentina, and you can be easily exchange dollars for pesos across the country.
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