A large part of the fees can often be saved by a low interest rate. Some banks that offer a free checking account only charge a relatively low interest rate. As a rule, these are direct banks that do not have their own branch network. They pass this cost advantage on to their customers.
Many providers also offer a free credit card. This is usually a great advantage for frequent travelers, since with the credit card the withdrawal fees abroad are often low or even free.
If the bank is not a member of the ATM network Cashpool or the Cash Group, nor is it a Sparkasse or Volksbank, free withdrawals are also possible within Germany at almost all ATMs (with the VISA or MasterCard symbol).
An advantage that should not be underestimated, because it saves some costs. For example, the Berliner Sparkasse a fee of EUR 4.95 for withdrawing cash from other banks.
Overall, the current accounts of branch banks are more expensive than those offered by direct banks. A typical customer typically pays fees of between 100 and 200 euros at the local Sparkasse or VR-Bank, which would be completely eliminated at numerous direct banks.
Free checking account: Even without a salary
The fees of the providers can depend on the monthly receipt of money. Monthly cash receipts include, for example, salary, pension and student loans. The best free checking accounts without minimum deposit can be found in a separate guide.
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