Exchange offices and Banks

Exchange offices and Banks

The Euro (€) is the French currency since 2002 January 1st and of 17 countries in the euro area.

€ 1 is divided into 100 cents.

There are seven banknotes: € 5, € 10, € 20, € 50, € 100, € 200 and € 500 and 8 parts: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, € 1 and € 2.

It's easy to withdraw cash and use credit card in many French and foreign banks in Paris.

They are usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sometimes on Saturday mornings. Very few bank branches still practice the changes and it is better to use exchange offices that are specialized in such transactions.

The easiest way to get cash is to use your credit card in an ATM, outside all bank branches and post offices. These ATM are available 24/7 and offer menus in several languages to help you withdraw money.

All shops, stores, restaurants, gasoline dispensers accept payment by credit card (Visa and Mastercard mainly). American Express card is accepted in lots of shops but do not be surprised if some stores refuse it.

To exchange your currency against the Euro, you can also contact exchange offices whose commission varies according to the agency and based on current exchange rate. The commission will also vary depending on whether you want to change cash or travelers checks or use your credit card. It is better to check the board in advance to avoid disappointment. For small amounts, it is better to withdraw them from a distributor to avoid high charges.

Most exchange offices are located in tourist areas and are usually open on Sundays.

It's easy to withdraw cash and use credit card in many French and foreign banks in Paris.

They are usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sometimes on Saturday mornings. Very few bank branches still practice the changes and it is better to use exchange offices that are specialized in such transactions.

The easiest way to get cash is to use your credit card in an ATM, outside all bank branches and post offices. These ATM are available 24/7 and offer menus in several languages to help you withdraw money.

All shops, stores, restaurants, gasoline dispensers accept payment by credit card (Visa and Mastercard mainly). American Express card is accepted in lots of shops but do not be surprised if some stores refuse it.

To exchange your currency against the Euro, you can also contact exchange offices whose commission varies according to the agency and based on current exchange rate. The commission will also vary depending on whether you want to change cash or travelers checks or use your credit card. It is better to check the board in advance to avoid disappointment. For small amounts, it is better to withdraw them from a distributor to avoid high charges.

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