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This is a foreign exchange guide to France, the Euro currency plus EUR transfers and travel tips.

In this France currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Euro info - general info about the Euro
  2. Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in France - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Euro cash online - travel money for France
  5. Sending money to France - save on Euro bank transfers to France
  6. Euro exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. EUR News - the latest Euro related articles from our blog.

Euro (EUR) general currency information

What is the Euro currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the 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.

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.

Euro (EUR) in the markets

Euro sentiment dipped in mid-June after the ECB, like other major central banks of the world, ramped up its dovish rhetoric. It said that there was “considerable room” for further quantitative easing and that it would consider negative interest rates. Ordinarily, this would spark an extended euro decline but since other major currencies are also wrestling with easier central bank policies, euro depreciation may be contained.

In spite of Brexit, a slowdown in economic growth, Italian risks and persistently weak inflation — an important measure of inflation expectations fell in June to a record low — the euro did fantastically well against the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar and British pound between mid-April and mid-June. Due to a stronger US dollar, EUR/USD was down 2 percent on the year at $1.12, close to long-term lows.

For more details read the full article Euro Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

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.

Travel Money ProvidersAmount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
821.80 EUR
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
813.58 EUR
8.22 EUR
Travelex Online US logo
807.10 EUR
15 EUR
Wells Fargo Bank logo
805.36 EUR
16 EUR

U.S. Bank logoU.S. Bank

U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Exchange Rate:0.8218 (6.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:821.80 EUR
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:18:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
: /5.0

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7682 (12.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:813.58 EUR
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.8071 (8.06% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:807.10 EUR
Total Cost:8.06%
Rate Fetched: Mon Jun 24 2019 16:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
: 4.3/5.0

Wells Fargo Bank logoWells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8218 (6.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:805.36 EUR
Total Cost:8.26%
Time:18:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
: /5.0
Snapshot 06/24/2019 - See full table

France Trip Checklist    

  1. Compare EUR travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in France
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 foreign-transfer exchange 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 here).

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 our Send to EUR 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!


USD to EUR International Money Transfers


ProvidersReceive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
8,744 EUR
Best Overall
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,508.66 EUR
235 EUR
HSBC logo
8,502.23 EUR
242 EUR
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8,451 EUR
293 EUR
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
8,396.19 EUR
348 EUR
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
8,396.19 EUR
348 EUR
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8744 (-0.4% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,744 EUR
Total Cost:0.4%
Rate Fetched: 18:00 Local
: 4.8/5.0

Wells Fargo Bank logoWells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Exchange Rate:0.8524 (-2.9% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,508.66 EUR
Total Cost:3.08%
Time:18:00 Local
: /5.0


HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8515 (-3.01% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,502.23 EUR
Total Cost:3.15%
Time:18:00 Local
: /5.0

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Exchange Rate:0.8463 (-3.6% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,451 EUR
Total Cost:3.74%

Bank of America logoBank of America

Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8481 (-3.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,396.19 EUR
Total Cost:4.36%
Time:18:00 Local
: /5.0

U.S. Bank logoU.S. Bank

U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8481 (-3.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,396.19 EUR
Total Cost:4.36%
Time:18:00 Local
: /5.0
Snapshot 06/24/2019 - See full table

EUR/USD - Euro to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day+0.7%1.129420 Jun 2019
1 Week+1.27%1.123014 Jun 2019
1 Month+1.95%1.115622 May 2019
6 Months0%1.137323 Dec 2018
1 Year-1.99%1.160421 Jun 2018
5 Years-16.34%1.359522 Jun 2014
10 Years-19.04%1.404823 Jun 2009

*For period to 21-Jun 21UTC when EUR/USD was 1.1373

EUR/GBP - Euro to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day+0.51%0.888820 Jun 2019
1 Week+0.16%0.891914 Jun 2019
1 Month+1.4%0.881022 May 2019
6 Months-0.63%0.899023 Dec 2018
1 Year+1.96%0.876121 Jun 2018
5 Years+11.84%0.798722 Jun 2014
10 Years+4.08%0.858323 Jun 2009

*For period to 21-Jun 21UTC when EUR/GBP was 0.8933

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day+0.52%1.631920 Jun 2019
1 Week+0.4%1.633914 Jun 2019
1 Month+1.14%1.621922 May 2019
6 Months+1.68%1.613323 Dec 2018
1 Year+4.28%1.573121 Jun 2018
5 Years+13.21%1.449022 Jun 2014
10 Years-7.66%1.776423 Jun 2009

*For period to 21-Jun 21UTC when EUR/AUD was 1.6404

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