France travel information

France 🇫🇷

Paris

France is part of Europe with main city at Paris. Official language is French. France uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time." Find travel information like languages spoken, calling, sim cards, ATM, cards used, currencies used etc.

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💱 Currencies Used

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.

🏧 ATMs

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.

📡 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 €11.48, 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 .

🔌 Sockets

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

🛣️ 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.

🆘 Emergency

Universal

112

Police

112

Ambulance

112

Fire department

112

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Last updated: July 13, 2019