France is one of the 12 EU countries that joined the EMU – the Economic and Monetary Union – which introduced the single currency, the euro. The current exchange rate is approximately €0.78= $1. To find the most up to date French currency exchange rates, go to XE.com Currency Converter.
It is always a good idea to budget for a trip so you don’t run out of money. Here are a few sample prices to help you plan your holiday in France:
- Petit café/café au lait = €2
- Eiffel tower souvenir keyring =€2
- Filled baguette = €4.50
- A dish of escargot (snails) = from €10
- French beret = €25
- Average room prices = anywhere from €15-50 at the lower end, to €50-100 mid-range and €100-150 at the high end.
- Average meal prices = €4-15 for a cheap meal, around €15-25 for mid-range and €25-35 and upwards at a classy joint!
These prices are in French euros, are correct as of 03/13/09 and are subject to change.
Most restaurants in France will include a 15% service charge in the bill so there is no need to tip unless you feel the service warrants extra. Taxi drivers will usually get 10-15% of the metered fare; bell boys will get 1.50 per item of luggage and room cleaners about the same per day. If you’re on a tour it is customary to tip the guide and driver a few euros too.
Most banks are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to midday, and 2 till 5 pm – some are closed Monday and some are open Saturday. Banks will close at midday on the day before a bank holiday and some will remain closed for all or part of the day after. All major credit cards are accepted in France.
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