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Travel Money in France

<h2><strong>What is the local currency in France?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The currency of France is the Euro (EUR.) One Euro is 1.12 GBP (as of July 9 2020).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>Do I tip whilst in France?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In France, tipping is accepted and appreciated for exceptional service. However, on most occasions, a ‘round-up’ to the nearest Euro will suffice. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caxton conducted a study on Tipping etiquette, results for France show that usually a tip is included in the bill when at a restaurant or cafe, but if the service exceeds expectations - an additional 10% is welcomed. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">View our </span><a rel="noopener" href="/travel-money/what-you-need-to-know-about-tipping-on-holiday/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">tipping guide</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for more advice on tipping abroad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>Using cash in France</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When travelling, our experts would recommend always bringing a small amount of cash with you on every trip, for initial taxi transfers or hotel deposits etc. The rest of your travel money should be put onto a </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/caxton-currency-account/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Caxton multi-currency card</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, for safe and secure spending.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cash is no longer king in France (even more so after COVID-19,) and almost all establishments accept credit/debit cards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most international banks and money outlets now charge a fee for using ATM machines, as do most card providers. Taking a travel pre-paid card and a credit card is recommended as Caxton does not charge for international ATM use regardless of sum or number of times, (but check with your card provider about charges.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We would recommend still bringing your bank card on your trip as a backup option. However, if you decide to take your bank card, we recommend telling your bank before you go so the transaction isn’t identified as fraudulent, but be prepared for fees and high exchange rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All major cards are accepted widely in France at key tourist hubs.</span></p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>The price of food and drink in France</strong></h2> <p>As a rough guideline, we’ve put together a list of the costs of spending an average day in France:</p> <p>Domestic beer =<span> €5.90</span></p> <p>One-way ticket on local transport = <em>A</em><span> single metro </span>ticket costs<span> €1.90, and can be used for </span><em>one</em><span> journey, including all connections.</span></p> <p>Meal, inexpensive restaurant = <span>€</span>13.90<span></span></p> <p>Bottle of wine (mid-range) =<span> €7.00</span></p> <p>Bottle of water = <span>€1.63</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <h2><strong>What happens if I have my wallet stolen whilst in France?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">France is known to be a safe country with friendly and helpful people, but this shouldn’t stop you from being smart whilst you travel. If the majority of your cash is on a </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/caxton-currency-account/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">prepaid card</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, this will be automatically protected. However, in case the worse happens, here are the list of major debit/credit card ‘lost and stolen’ numbers:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">HSBC/First Direct - +44 1442 422929</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Natwest - +44 1268 500 813</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lloyds - +44 1702 278270</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barclays - +442476842099</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Santander - +44 1908 237 963</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 233.66666666666666px;" src=";height=233.66666666666666" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca3627b39f6e42b1bf1b32b14270762f" /></span></p> <h2><strong>The cost of tourist attractions in France</strong></h2> <p>Some examples of Germany's most popular tourist attractions are:</p> <p><u>Eiffel Tower: </u>the cost of visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower is dependent on whether the tourist is comfortable taking the 704 steps up, which would cost 19.70 <span>€</span>. If, however, they would prefer to take the lift all the way to the top, the price rises to 25.90 <span>€</span> for an adult. </p> <p><u>The Louvre:</u><span> Purchasing a ticket at the museum entrance costs 15 € per person. If you opt to buy the ticket online, it is 17 €.</span></p> <p><u>Musee D'Orsay:</u><span> All visitors 18 years and above need to pay the entry fee of 14 € to get in. Kids 17 years and below and European Union citizens aged 18 to 25 enter the Museum for free.</span></p> <p> </p> <h2><strong>What can I do with spare currency in France?</strong></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whilst in France, you may as well spend any remaining Euro, if only small amount, on some traditional French souvenirs, such as:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">French cheese</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">French wine</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Macarons </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madeleine cookies</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <h2><strong>History of the Euro</strong></h2> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Euro came into existence on 1 January 1999 - though it had been a goal of the European Union since the 1960s. Notes and coins didn’t begin circulation until 2002. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today the euro is the sole currency of 19 EU member states, with the original dozen being joined by: Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia. These countries constitute the "eurozone".</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rise of the Euro in its short lifespan is remarkable with it now being the second-largest reserve currency as well as the second-most traded currency in the world after the United States dollar.</span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alternatively, if Camembert isn’t your thing, you can use Caxton’s </span><a rel="noopener" href="/currency-cards/buy-back-guarantee/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">buy back guarantee</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to get rid of any unused Euro. By doing this you ensure that if the exchange rate moves against you, you won't lose out. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="/the-best-prepaid-currency-card-and-account/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 125px;" src=";height=125" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3e62a241b2c44fbdad480e9bb3cd93a1" /></span></a></p>

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