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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in France

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The official currency in France is the Euro (EUR, €). Like in other 'euro zone' countries, the notes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The denominations of coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and €1 and €2.

Currently the 'euro zone' consists of the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. In addition to the above, the euro is officially used in Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Vatican.

Shops and hotels only accept euros - they are not allowed to accept foreign currency.

Foreign Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in most banks, post offices, in some large stores, at train stations, airports or exchange offices located in major tourist areas. Banks and exchange offices have high fees and not very favorable rates. Post offices are more recommended because they typically offer lower fees and commissions.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are the recommended way of exchanging money. It is also good to obtain some (small) amount of cash in euros before arriving in France. Generally you don't need to carry a lot of cash at all times while traveling around.

Traveler's Checks

Traveler's checks are widely exchangeable - they can be changed at banks, foreign exchange offices, and post offices. The best option is to take a check issued by Amex (in $US or euros) or Visa (in euros).

Credit Cards

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Diners Club are widely accepted.

Banking Hours

Banking hours are usually Mon-Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Some banks close Monday and some are open Saturday.

Current Euro Rates

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