France Money

Currency

Euro is used in France , and divided into 100 cents. There are seven notes - in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros – and eight different coins – 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.

Cash can be changed at banks and main Post offices , which can offer the best exchange rates and accept banknotes in various currencies. Bureaux de change are faster and easier, give better rates than most banks. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are by far the best way to get money in France. They all take CB, Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus and Plus and are plentiful throughout France.

Almost all stores, restaurants and hotels take the CB French debit card, and its foreign affiliations, Visa and Mastercard. American Express tends to be accepted only in high-end shops.

Tipping

Wherever you eat or drink, service compris is always included in the price required by French law. If you are very satisfied with service served by your waiter, you might leave a tip which is usually about 5-10% or several coins. It’s customary to tip porters, tour guides, taxi drivers and hairdressers a couple of euros.

Tax Refund

The Minimum purchase amount for tax refund is 175. 01 EUR. Remember to ask a Tax Free Form when you paying for your purchases. Fill in all the required fields. Go to the Customs desk and show your completed Form, passport and goods to get an stamp before you check in. Submit Tax Free Form in the Refund office, then you can receive the refund in cash or to a credit card immediately.