In 2010 three out of four Dutchmen visited another euro country on holiday, to see relatives or on a one-day trip. Neighbouring Germany (38%) and Belgium (24%) are the favourite destinations, followed by France (14%) and Spain (8%). In all these countries, the Dutch pay increasingly with their debit cards, the survey shows. Yet the frequency of use varies strongly between countries. The share of debit card payments was highest in Belgium, whereas in France and Spain the Dutch still use cash relatively often.
Cash still used most frequently
The way Dutch consumers pay abroad varies strongly, like at home, depending on the location and the type of purchase. Despite the growing popularity of the debit card, cash is still the most-used means of payment in a variety of situations. Cash is used predominantly for relatively small purchases in specialty food shops, in bars, in vending and parking machines and in public transport. For the larger purchases and in fuelling stations and hotels, we tend to use debit or credit cards.