Credit & debit cards

What cards can I use in the UK?

Credit cards, debit cards and contactless payment types are widely used throughout Britain and are the easiest way to pay for things. Visa and Mastercard are the most common type of cards, while American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted but still facilitated. 

Does everywhere accept credit cards?

Some small shops, guesthouses, markets and cafés may not accept cards or may have a minimum spend (usually around £5), so always check in advance of your purchase. Cards that are accepted are usually displayed in the windows so you can check before you enter. 

Can I get cash out with my credit or debit card?

You will probably also incur a currency exchange fee if you use an ATM to draw money out - just check with your bank for details before you leave your country.