Share of payment methods used in Germany 2017, by age

This statistic illustrates the leading payment methods used in Germany in 2017, by age group. As of 2017, cash was the most popular payment method, especially with those aged over 65 years. Of age groups, 18 to 24 year old's were the most likely to use E-payment methods with 8 percent of payments reported with this means.

Share of payment methods used in Germany in 2017, by age group

CashDebit card**Credit card**E-payment schemeCredit transfer Other cashless payment instruments
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Release date

May 2018



Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Respondents using a payment diary

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* The study is made up of two parts; a computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) in which respondents are asked to give a self-assessment of their payment habits, and a payments diary to be completed by the participants themselves in the seven days following the interview.6 In total, 2,106 individuals filled out the questionnaire and 2,061 individuals completed the diary in full.

Total turnover of respondents who completed the payments diary. For reasons of clarity, labels for a number of payment instruments (accounting for less than 2%) were omitted. Deviations from 100% due to rounding.

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