Tenerife Money Matters
Currency: The currency of Tenerife is the same as the Spanish mainland and most of Europe. The Euro replaced the Pesetas in January 2002 and is divided into 100 cents.
100 cents = 1 Euro
Coins are denominated into 1, 2, 5, 10, and 50 cents. Notes are issued in 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 Euro notes. The 500 Euro notes are no longer issued from the UK due to the use by criminal gangs.
Currency Exchange: You can easily change foreign currency and travellers cheques at banks in Tenerife. Also hotels, post offices and exchange bureaus will change your money; you must have your passport to exchange traveller’s cheques.
Banks: You won’t have a problem finding a bank in Tenerife; however you may find the service slow. Opening hours are 09:30 to 14:00 weekdays and 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturdays.
Credit card: All major credit cards are accepted throughout Tenerife and can be used in most shops, restaurants and hotels. There are also ATM machines in the towns and resorts available in a variety of languages.
Tipping and Gratuities: Service charges are sometimes added to the bills in hotels and restaurants so tipping is discretionary. A small tip can be left for good service. Tips are expected to be between 5% and 10%.