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Currency


The national currency in France (and in the European Union ) is the Euro. Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. One Euro is divided into 100 cents or centimes.

Credit and debit cards are convenient and relatively secure. Visa and MasterCard (Access or Eurocard) are widely accepted; American Express cards are useful at more upmarket establishments. In general, all three cards can be used in shops, supermarkets, for train travel, car rentals, autoroute tolls and cash advances. Remember you'll need to know your PIN number ( le code ) to use a credit card in many hotels, shops and restaurants.

Exchange

Currency exchange can be carried out at all bank branches and Post Offices. Bureaux de change services (currency exchange office) can be found in large department stores, railway stations, airports and near tourist sites.

CurrencyThe national currency in France (and in the European Union ) is the Euro. Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. One Euro is divided into 100 cents or centimes. The cheapest and most convenient way to change money in France is via ATMs (known as DABs in French); they accept all the major international credit and bank cards. You get the best exchange rate by using a credit card for purchases and a debit card for cash. Travellers cheques are safe and almost universally accepted, especially in larger towns and tourist centres; they also offer better exchange rates than cash.

Sample price guide

litre of petrol € 1.30

small bottle of water € 1.50

petit café/café au lait € 0.90/2.50

filled baguette € 4.50

ten-minute taxi ride € 10.00

bottle of cheap wine € 4.00

hostel bed in Paris with breakfast € 18.00

Tipping

Leaving a pourboire (tip) is done at your discretion - restaurants and accommodations add a 10-15% service charge to every bill, making a tip unneccesary, but most people leave a few coins if the service is satisfactory.

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