The amount of money you exchange for your vacation is a personal decision. If you plan to eat a lot, take taxis and buy several souvenirs, we highly recommend that you change at least $500 into Euros. Exchange rates can vary day to day, so it’s a good idea to download a currency exchange app to keep up with the fluctuations and calculate your purchases.
Traveling to Paris soon? Here’s some tips that will help you navigate the currency exchange while in Paris.
Where to Exchange Your Money in Paris
You can find foreign currency at bureaux de change (money houses)and many hotels in Paris, but most travelers draw cash at ATMs (cash machines) which you’ll find throughout Paris. ATMs offer a better exchange rate without the exchange service fee and are far more convenient than a currency exchange office. ATMs still have banking fees for withdrawing cash, but it tends to be less than the exchange fees charged at Bureaux de change.
Calculating Exchange Rates
Be sure to download the XE Currency App to your phone. It is a valuable tool during international travel. With the XE Currency App, you can access live exchange rates, view historical charts, and calculate prices right on your smartphone or tablet.
Carrying Cash in Paris
We advise against carrying large sums of cash, but please note that you will need some money to make quick purchases at the market and any other street vendors.
Credit Cards in Paris
For big purchases, we recommend that you bring more than one credit card type. Most major credit cards are accepted in shops, restaurants, and hotels but may not be accepted at many street markets. American Express is not always accepted in shops and restaurants in Paris.
Call Your Bank
Using your cards out of the country can flag your account for fraud. Be sure to call your bank and credit card companies and advise them of your upcoming travel plans.
Exchanging currency in Paris, France is very easy. There are lots of options made available for travelers. ATMs, exchange offices, and hotels are a resource and easy to use when you need to get Euros.
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