Destinations > Europe > France

Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in France

Flag of France


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

For other currencies or conversion amounts go to Currency Converter

France Articles

Three Spots for a Quiet Afternoon in Paris

There are so many things to see in Paris and so little time to do it that your journey in the French capital can wind up taking the colors of a marathon run. I offer you a different take on it: stop, review your options, and decide to kill a couple of hours doing just nothing but reading a good book in a spot where you can be left to yourself. Here are three spots where you can do just that.

« read full article »

Travel Tips For Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and has a well-deserved reputation to be a cultural icon of Europe. Getting around in Paris is easy, but driving is not the recommended way to see this beautiful city. For the tourist, walking may be one of the best ways to see the city because you’ll have the opportunity to really savor the full ambience of Parisian...

« read full article »

Wired Tourist Articles

A Costa Rican Fairytale: Beauty And The Beach

Costa Rica literally translates into "Rich Coast," so named by Columbus for the gold necklaces worn by the native people when he arrived in the early 16th century. However misleading the name might have been for gold hunters, it appropriately describes Costa Rica's copious coastline...

« read full article »

Philippine Travel: When And Where

When you’re about to embark on a journey to the Philippines, the two most important questions to ask is "when" and "where". If you're traveling to the Philippines, do be aware that the experiences you’re about to encounter is unlike anything you’d encounter anywhere else in the world. Each and every country has its own unique experience to offer you and when you travel to the Philippines, you should expect the same.

« read full article »

Home | Travel Destinations | Travel News | Travel Directory | Volcano Tours | Gallery | Site Index | Contact
Follow us on   Follow us on YouTube  YouTube   Follow us on Flickr  Flickr   Follow us on Twitter  Twitter