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Foreign exchange guide to France and the Euro (EUR)

   

General Currency Info - Euro

The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.

The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.

Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.

Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.

There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.

   

EUR News, Forecasts and Trends

EUR will fall to 0.80 against the British pound according to Standard Bank. The coronavirus pandemic has replaced Brexit in the headlines and means that the deadline for a trade deal with the Eurozone this year could either be pushed back, delaying a risk for the currency, or see more favorable terms given to the U.K.

Rabobank told Bloomberg TV in early April that they see the Euro holding its value in an otherwise difficult virus affected year for most currencies.

The Euro spent 2019 on a downwards trajectory, starting the year with highs at US1.1550 but then slid all year until October where it bottomed out at US$1.09 on Oct 1, close to long-term lows. Since then it has climbed back up towards the average rate for the year of US1.12, perhaps due to the less uncertainty around Brexit.

For more EUR currency market forecasts you can read the full article Euro Forecasts. The below interactive chart shows the USD to EUR exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

   
Recent USD to EUR 90-day trend
 
1-DAY0.6% (3d)
USD/EUR at 0.8891 was trading 2.1% below AVG:0.9081 with LO:0.8791 and HI:0.9346 (90 days). There are no current rate alerts.

US Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

USD/EUR historic rateChange to 03-JulPeriod
0.8914  26 Jun 20200.2% ▼1 Week
0.8901  03 Jun 20200.1% ▼30 Days
0.9255  04 Apr 20203.9% ▼90 Days
0.8862  04 Jul 20190.3% ▲1 Year
0.9075  05 Jul 20152% ▼5 Years
0.7923  06 Jul 201012.2% ▲10 Years
USD/EUR 10 year historic rates & changes to 03-Jul-2020 : 0.8893
 

U$1,000 USD
=
€889.26 EUR

Converted at USD/EUR wholesale exchange rate, compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.

 
 

US Dollar to Euro - Quick Conversions

USD EUR
U$ 1 0.8893
U$ 5 4.4465
U$ 10 8.8930
U$ 20 17.79
U$ 50 44.47
U$ 100 88.93
U$ 250 222.33
U$ 500 444.65
U$ 1,000 889.30
U$ 2,000 1,779
U$ 5,000 4,447
U$ 10,000 8,893
U$ 50,000 44,465
U$ 100,000 88,930
More amounts
USD EUR
U$ 1.1245 € 1
U$ 5.6225 € 5
U$ 11.25 € 10
U$ 22.49 € 20
U$ 56.23 € 50
U$ 112.45 € 100
U$ 281.13 € 250
U$ 562.25 € 500
U$ 1,125 € 1,000
U$ 2,249 € 2,000
U$ 5,623 € 5,000
U$ 11,245 € 10,000
U$ 56,225 € 50,000
U$ 112,450 € 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What currency should I use in France?

The domestic currency in France is the Euro.

What is the Euro currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR — symbol is .

Which countries use the Euro?

It is the domestic currency in    Eurozone,   Aaland Islands,   Andorra,   Austria,   Belgium,   Cyprus,   Estonia,   Finland,   France,   French Guinea,   French Southern Territories,   Germany,   Greece,   Guadeloupe,   Vatican City,   Ireland,   Italy,   Luxembourg,   Malta,   Martinique,   Mayotte,   Monaco,   Montenegro,   Netherlands,   Portugal,   Reunion,   Saint Barthélemy,   Saint Martin,   Saint Pierre and Miquelon,   San Marino,   Slovakia,   Slovenia and Spain.

Is the Euro a closed currency?

No, the Euro is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

 

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for France

France is beautiful, has great food, delicious wine, deep history, and a carefree atmosphere. There’s nothing like a picnic along the Seine or a day through the French countryside to make life seem beautiful. France is everything that people make it out to be and then some. France can be expensive to travel in, and eating out is not cheap. Buying your own food in France can be very cheap however. There are many bread, cheese, and meat shops around. There are outdoor markets that are cheap, and fun, to visit. It’s common to pick up some ingredients and have a picnic.

The best way to get around France is via the trains. Overnight trains cost the least, while the fast TGV lines (high-speed train) cost the most, about 90 EUR. Local transit systems are reliable and cost between 1-3 EUR per trip. Transportation to and from airport into city centers is generally affordable and user friendly. Expect about 12 EURO to get into Paris from Charles de Gaulle. However, there are several ways to get into the city, the last choice we would advise is on the RER train. The RER is great for Parisians who know their way around or experienced repeat travelers, but not at all great for arriving tourists from overnight flights. Tired and disoriented tourists are easy targets for baggage theft and pickpockets on that line. If you take it, always keep an eye on luggage at every stop all the way into the city.Taxis will be tough on the budget, so avoid when you can.

The French Alps offer some of the best ski slopes in Europe. If you're in Europe in the winter months and at a loss for what to do, consider getting a group together and renting a ski chalet, or staying at one of the slope-side hotels or hostels.

France has some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy. Orange, Nimes and Arles all have beautiful Roman theaters, and Nimes also contains a well-preserved temple.

 

Travel money for France

Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
 

USD to EUR - Travel Money & Cards

Provider ReviewAmount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
TransferWise
> Best Overall
871.53
1.99%
0.8848U$15.00
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank
832.30
6.4%
€39 less
0.83230
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
823.97
7.34%
€48 less
0.832315
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank
815.65
8.27%
€56 less
0.8323U$20
Travelex Online
809.80
8.93%
0.80980^
TransferWise
 
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TransferWise: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$15.00 USD (1.5%)
Exchange Rate:0.8848 (-0.49% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)871.53
Total Cost:1.99%
Time:20:29 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Review:


U.S. Bank
 
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U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8323 (-6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)832.30
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:20:29 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Banks - Average Rate
 
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Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.7781 (-12.49% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)823.97
Total Cost:7.34%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-


Wells Fargo Bank
 
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Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8323 (-6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)815.65
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:20:29 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Travelex Online
 
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Travelex Online: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.8098 (-8.93% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)809.80
Total Cost:8.93%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sun Jul 05 2020 20:15:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Review:


 
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Snapshot 07/05/2020 - View live rates

Sending money to France

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to France you need to start with finding out the latest Euro exchange rate for foreign-transfers, which can be very different to the wholesale rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

 

USD to EUR International Money Transfers

Provider ReviewReceive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
OFX
> Best Overall
882.10
0.8%
0.88210^
XE
875.90
1.5%
0.87590
HSBC logo
HSBC
851.02
4.29%
€31 less
0.8523U$1.50
U.S. Bank logo
U.S. Bank
848.80
4.54%
€33 less
0.84880
Wells Fargo Bank logo
Wells Fargo Bank
836.14
5.97%
€46 less
0.8532U$20
Bank of America logo
Bank of America
836.07
5.98%
€46 less
0.8488U$15
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Bank of America logo HSBC logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
843.01
5.19%
€39 less
0.850815
OFX
 
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OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8821 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)882.10
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Speak to Dealers, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Review:


Compare OFX Rates
XE
 
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XE: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.8759 (1.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)875.90
Total Cost:1.5%
Time:20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Speak to Dealers
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Review:


Compare XE Rates
HSBC
 
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HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$1.50 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8523 (4.15% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)851.02
Total Cost:4.29%
Difference:
€31 EUR less than using OFX
Time:20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Compare HSBC Rates
U.S. Bank
 
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U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8488 (4.54% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)848.80
Total Cost:4.54%
Difference:
€33 EUR less than using OFX
Time:20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Compare U.S. Bank Rates
Wells Fargo Bank
 
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Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8532 (4.05% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)836.14
Total Cost:5.97%
Difference:
€46 EUR less than using OFX
Time:20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Compare Wells Fargo Bank Rates
Bank of America
 
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Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$15 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8488 (4.54% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)836.07
Total Cost:5.98%
Difference:
€46 EUR less than using OFX
Time:20:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Review:


Compare Bank of America Rates
Banks - Average Rate
 
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Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8471 (4.73% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)843.01
Total Cost:5.19%
Difference:
€39 EUR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:
Services:


 
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Snapshot 07/05/2020 - View live rates

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to France

When sending money to France it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in France.

Use the above Send to Euro calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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