Paris - CurrencyATMs are available in many parts of Paris - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before arriving in Paris.
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Paris - Notes and Coins
All banks and post offices and some hotels in Paris offer currency exchange services. Exchange rates are fixed, though commission rates are flexible, and must be clearly indicated. Banks and bureaux de change will usually have the lowest commissions. Hotels and airports usually have higher commissions.
Bank and Credit Cards
Most stores, hotels, restaurants and service stations in Paris accept bank and credit cards, including American Express, Visa, Mastercard-Eurocard, and Diners Club. There is often a minimum purchase requirement of â‚¬15. Depending on the card type, you can withdraw â‚¬100-500 at ATMs and banks. If you plan to obtain cash from ATMs, call your credit card company for instructions before you leave. Cash obtained from ATMs is normally at a quite good rate of exchange.
Regardless of what currency they're issued in, traveler's checks can be converted to Euros in banks, currency exchanges, and selected post offices. You will need to show identification when cashing cheques at a bank.
There are numerous banks in Paris, both French and international. They generally open from 09:00 to 17:00 or 18:00, Monday to Friday (though some open from Tuesday to Saturday). Some branches may close at lunchtime, between 12.30pm and 2pm. Banks at the airport and main train stations open as early as 06:30 and close as late as 22:30.