The Euro is the official currency of France. It is based on the decimal system. There are one hundred cents to each Euro. Euro notes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2 Euro, 50, 10, 5, 2, 1 cents. The Euro sign is €.


There are 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€, 200€, 500€ euro notes.
5€ is recently renewed.


There 1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢,1€, 2€ euro coins. Each country of Euro currency has original designs on the back side.


You can exchange money in Euros at virtually any French bank (generally open at 8:30/9:00-16:30/17:00 (close for lunch 12:00-14:00), Sat; 9:00-noon). It depends on regions. "Bureaux de change" or foreign exchange kiosks are in ports, airports, on ferries and other traveller-oriented locations. Airports, ferry ports and train stations offer poor exchange rates, while banks have a large minimum commission.

1$=0,724€ (Apr.2014)

Credit cards

France is simply to use an international credit card or debit card. Visa and Mastercard can be used all over France, and American Express cards and other international cards in a number of places. But obviously, there are situations in which paying with plastic is not an option. Visitors to France therefore need to have some Euros to hand, to pay for small or larger items and in cases where the trader does not accept cards.

Travelers checks

These can be cashed at virtually any bank and urban post office in France; they can also be used in some hotels. However, outside of major tourist regions (such as certain parts of Paris or or the Riviera), very few shops or hotels accept travelers checks as payment. If you do wish to come to France with travellers cheques, it is advisable to get them in Euros, not in US dollars or any other currency. That way you know that your cheques are worth their face value when you cash them in.

Wire services

It is often possible to have money wired to you while in France, using the services of companies such as Western Union. In this case, you can arrange to have money delivered to an agency (such as a specific post office) in France, and pick up the money in cash. For full details, consult your bank or any currency transfer operator.