France international travel guide in 2024

France international travel guide in 2024

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France has a population of 67M with main currency as Euro. The languages spoken are French. France travel safety advice is Exercise a high degree of caution. Automatic teller machines (local names: distributeur or distributeurs automatiques de billets (DAB)) are very common in France. Tipping is quite common in France and it's good etiquette to leave one. Internet speed in France is on average 8.9 Mbps.In France you drive on the right side.

France travel advice

Exercise a high degree of caution
France will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games between 26 July - 8 September. Travel delays are likely during this period (see 'Travel'). We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in France due to the threat of terrorism.

Issue Date : Jun 6, 2024

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France essential details

Plugs

France uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.

Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are French

Money in France

Currencies

France uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Cards

Widely accepted Credit cards are widely accepted within France (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.

ATM

Automatic teller machines (local names: distributeur or distributeurs automatiques de billets (DAB)) are very common in France. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is quite common in France and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts always include a service charge.

Internet in France

Internet

Internet speed in France is on average 8.9 Mbps. WiFi coverage in France is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.

Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about €11.27, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Bouygues Télécom, Free, Orange or SFR. France uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in France upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Calling

To call France, dial +, then 33 (the country code for France), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within France, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .

Driving in France

Road rules

In France you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 110 km/h (68 mph) on expressways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

On the road

Road assistance is available at 112 (Autoreoutes.fr). For general news on France's traffic use Autoroute Info or Autoroutes.fr. For news on France’s motorways and tolls use ASFA. Most popular petrol stations in France are Shell, Avia, Intermarché, Carrefour, Total, AS24, Esso, Système U and Leclerc. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Sans plomb (SP) (95/98), essence or carburant. Petrol costs about €1.25 per liter.Diesel options are called Gazole or Diesel.

Emergecy

Police
112
Ambulance
119
Fire department
119

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France visa advice

If you're considering exploring France beyond the usual transit spots, our comprehensive guide on France transit visa offers deeper insights and broader options for travelers of different nationalities. For those transiting through other countries en route to France, understanding France Transit Visa requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth journey.

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