Charges on Current Bank Accounts in Ireland

The options for current accounts in Ireland will be shrinking over the next year as Ulster Bank and KBC are both pulling out of Ireland.

The majority of the banks in Ireland have some sort of transaction fees or admin charges on current bank accounts.


We have compared current bank account charges in Ireland to show you how much an average customer could be paying each year. We have included online banks N26 , Bunq and Revolut.

NOTE: Since March 24th 2022 , Revolut is now operating as a fully licenced bank in Ireland and funds of up to €100,000 are guaranteed by the Lithuanian State company Deposit and Investment Insurance.


Read More About the Revolut Card .


Bank Charges Compared

We carried out a comparison of the Charges on Current Bank Accounts in Ireland to help you decide which is the best bank for you if you want to reduce the bank fees you pay.
Because Ulster Bank and KBC are leaving Ireland – we have removed them from our comparison.
(We have included some charges for non-Euro debit card purchases – which is fairly common now with online shopping in the UK etc) . (See more about Non Euro Charges here).

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Summary of  Charges on Current Bank Accounts in Ireland 

The figures below were checked May 2022.


N26

N26 have no Admin fees on their current account. The only transaction fee is on Irish ATM withdrawals if you use them more than 3 times a month. (€2 charge a time).
There are no fees with N26 for card spending in foreign currencies.
A physical debit card will cost €10 to send out – but you can do without one if you are going to use Apple pay or Google Pay etc.

Based in Germany, N26  is an “online-only”  bank with a full EU banking licence. Funds are covered by the German deposit guarantee scheme (up to €100,000).
N26 are also regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for the conduct of business rules in Ireland
There are no N26 branches  – so you can’t pay in cash or cheques, but you can set up Direct Debits. No overdrafts. N26 only charge 1.7% fee on Non-Euro cash withdrawals. You can sign up for N26 here.
More on N26 Here


Revolut

Revolut is now operating as a fully licenced bank in Ireland and funds of up to €100,000 are guaranteed by the Lithuanian State company Deposit and Investment Insurance.
On the Standard Revolut account, there are no monthly charges –
The first First 5 ATM withdrawals per month or the first €200 per month are FREE. After that, there is a 2% fee. (Min €1).
When spending in non-Euro currencies – the first €1000 per month is fee-free , after that there is a 0.5% fee.
With Revolut you can’t pay in cash or cheques, but you can set up Direct Debits. They also allow loans.
More about Revolut Here

Bunq

Bunq has been available in Ireland as a payment card for a few years now – but they have gradually upgraded their service to a fully-featured bank account. One added advantage of Bunq for Irish customers is that it is possible to get an Irish IBAN (unlike N26 and Revolut) . This is likely to attract some of the ex-customers of Ulster Bank and KBC .

Bunq is a fully licenced EU bank – and any money held with them is protected by the Deposit Guarantee Scheme of the Dutch National Bank (DNB) up to €100,000

There is a montly fee of €2.99 with the Bunq “Easy Bank”
The first 5 ATM withdrawals a month will cost €0.99 each Then ATM withdrawals are €2.99 each after you exceed 5. (Best to avoid ATMs). Apart from that there are no transaction fees.
When purcasing in another currency – the bunq Easy Bank card adds a 2% foreign exchange fee.
As with N26 and Revolut – you can’t pay in cash or cheques, but you can set up Direct Debits.


PTSB (Explore Account)


The  PTSB Explore account has an €18 quarterly account maintenance fee but no day to day transaction charges. The account also offers cash rewards such as 10c for every time you use your debit card. This reward is capped at €5 a month.(You would need to use the debit card 50 times in a month to get the maximum €5 cashback.)
PTSB offer cashback on payments of bills to specific companies by direct debit.  More about the PTSB Cashback Current Account here.


EBS (Moneymanager Account)

EBS doesn’t currently have any charges on current bank accounts.  However, this is an account with basic features, chequebooks are not issued and overdrafts are not allowed. No Apple Pay or Google Pay.


Bank of Ireland (BOI)

Bank of Ireland current accounts have a flat fee of €6 per month. (€72 a year). This fee cannot be avoided. More details about the Bank of Ireland Charges .

(There are no fees on Golden Years, Graduate, 3rd Level student or 2nd Level student current accounts).


Allied Irish Bank

AIB charges Admin Charges and Transaction Fees .
The admin fee is €4.50 per quarter. (€18 a year).

AIB also charge the following amounts for transactions :
Automated Transactions (Direct Debit/ Standing Orders)  20c.
Internet or Phone transaction 20c
ATM withdrawals  35c
Machine Lodgements 35c
Cheque Processing 39c
Debit Card Transaction  20c
Over the Counter Transaction  39c

More on AIB Charges


Credit Union Current Accounts

Not all Credit Unions offer current accounts .
Those Credit Unions that do offer current accounts have a monthly Account Maintenance Fee of €4 charged quarterly ( €12 per quarter). There is also a 50c charge per ATM withdrawal once you go over five in a month.
If you use the card for spending outside the Eurozone there is a 2% charge, capped at €12.


An Post Smart Account

This account has a €15 a quarter charge (€60 a year) PLUS other charges as follows :
Cash Withdrawal in Branch  50c (1 a week is free)
ATM withdrawals  60c
Lodgements at branch  50c
This account no longer pays rewards.



Comparison of Bank Charges 

These figures are based on the following annual transactions:


Debit Card Purchases (Euros) :  365 (1 a day)
Contactless 365 (1 a day)
Debit Card Non-Euro Purchases of €100 equivalent. 12 : (1 a month)
ATM withdrawals: 36 (3 a month)
Online transactions – 52 (1 a week)
Direct Debits 72 (6 a month)
Standing Orders : 12 (1 a month)
Counter transactions – none
Cheques Lodged 0

We have not included any cheque lodgement fees or fees for counter transactions. ( AIB will charge extra for these)


Sample Annual Bank Charges

For all the transactions listed above: –

  • N26 would charge you nothing.
  • Revolut would charge you nothing.
  • EBS would charge €12  (just for the non-euro purchases.)
  • Bunq would charge €26.97
  • PTSB would charge €33 (with the 10c reward for twice-daily debit card purchases included)
  • Credit Union would charge €72
  • BOI charges would be €96.
  • An Post would charge €117.60
  • AIB would charge  €151.80

The best way of getting FREE banking in Ireland.

If you don’t need access to a branch , don’t need to pay in cheques and don’t want to deposit cash – then a free Revolut or N26 account will be fine – and they are both FREE.

If you think you will need to deposit cash and/or cheques – then you could have both an account with EBS plus an account at N26 or Revolut
(You will not get a chequebook). Both of these accounts are free to operate.

You can use the EBS account for ATM withdrawals, paying in cash and cheques. You can use the N26 or Revolut debit card to get Apple Pay, Google Pay fee-free non-euro purchases and all the features of a smartphone banking app.
Salaries can be paid into either bank and money transferred between them as required.
Having more than one bank account will also reduce the risk of having no access to funds in the situation of a bank or card provider experiencing IT problems.
Warning : EBS is part of the AIB group and they announced in Jan 2022 that they will be” undergoing a number of strategic changes that build on the current proposition”,.
It is possible that EBS could also end up closing current accounts too – and concentrating on mortgages.


Revolut Offer

Special Offer for Money Guide Ireland readers.
If you join Revolut using the link below – you will get €10 credit on your account and 1 month trial of Revolut Premium for FREE.

You can sign up Here .


Stamp Duty on Debit Cards

Note:  There is also a government stamp duty of 12c per ATM cash withdrawal at all banks. (Capped at €5 a year)
More details of Debit Card Stamp Duty

There is also a 50c stamp duty charged by the government on each cheque. This charge is payable when a chequebook is issued. ( €20 for a book of 40 cheques). If you have unused cheques your bank should refund you the stamp duty if you send them in. .


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