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Foreign Exchange Guide to France

Read this currency guide to France with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/EUR=0.8809]

 
France
Country Code:
FR
Domestic Currency:
Euro
Symbol - Code:
€ EUR
Telephone Prefix:
+33

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

13-February-19: 2018 was a mixed year for the euro. A 5 percent loss versus the US dollar was offset by a 6 percent gain versus the Australian dollar and small gains against other majors.

Since November, the euro has been remarkably stable against the US dollar, against which it has traded for the most part between $1.125 and $1.15. The euro was quoted towards the low of this range at $1.128 at the time of writing, down 1.5 percent year-to-date.

At the time of writing, euro-pound was 2.5 percent lower on the year at £0.876. Most price action since September has been between £0.865 and £0.91.

The euro is understandably under pressure in early 2019 ahead of Brexit, which more than ever is a source of uncertainty, and on increasing recession risks — Italy slid into recession in February and Germany barely escaped one in the October-December period.

The main euro-supporting factor this year would be an interest rate hike by the ECB, although this is up in the air considering the aforementioned risks.

Forecasts: In February, the head of strategy at BMO Capital Markets predicted a decline in EUR/USD to 1.11 by the end of April. Experts at Natwest predicted a slide in EUR/GBP to £0.85 by mid-year.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USDEUR currency converter

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 Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Amount EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery/CollectDeal Links
Wells Fargo Bank Foreign Currency
Wells Fargo Bank logo
826.34 EUR
Compare
0.8432$206.37%Branch-
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
826.27 EUR
€0.07 less
0.8347$106.38%Branch-
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
826.20 EUR
€0.14 less
0.826206.39%Branch-
 
Travelex Online US logo
823.80 EUR
€2.54 less
0.82380^6.66%Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery2-3 days
Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8432 (4.46% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.34 EUR
Total Cost:6.37%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo

Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7723 (12.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.27 EUR
Total Cost:6.38%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8262 (6.39% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:826.20 EUR
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:12:07 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
USD amount:$1,000 USD
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.8238 (6.66% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:823.80 EUR
Total Cost:6.66%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Feb 20 2019 10:00:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/20/2019
 

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!

 
Foreign Transfer Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Receive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostTransfer ServicesTransfer SpeedDeal Links
 
OFX logo
8,721 EUR
Best Overall
0.87210^1.19%Bank Transfers - Online & Phone1-2 days
 
TransferWise logo
8,737.21 EUR
€16 more
0.8782$511.01%Bank Transfers - Online1-2 days
Wells Fargo Bank International Money Transfers
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,539.6 EUR
€181 less
0.8555183.24%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
HSBC International Money Transfers
HSBC logo
8,534.18 EUR
€187 less
0.8547$153.31%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8,482 EUR
€239 less
0.8532153.9%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
8,426.88 EUR
€294 less
0.8512$1004.52%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
8,426.88 EUR
€294 less
0.8512$1004.52%Online, Branch, Bank Transfers2-3 days
 
OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8721 (1.19% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,721 EUR
Total Cost:1.19%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Feb 20 2019 10:02:30 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
TransferWise: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$51 USD (0.5% + $1)
Exchange Rate:0.8782 (0.5% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,737.21 EUR
Total Cost:1.01%
Difference:
€16 more than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.8555 (3.07% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,539.6 EUR
Total Cost:3.24%
Difference:
€181 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8547 (3.16% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,534.18 EUR
Total Cost:3.31%
Difference:
€187 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo

Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8494 (3.76% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,482 EUR
Total Cost:3.9%
Difference:
€239 less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8512 (3.56% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,426.88 EUR
Total Cost:4.52%
Difference:
€294 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
USD amount:$10,000 USD
Fee:$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8512 (3.56% from mid-rate)
EUR amount:8,426.88 EUR
Total Cost:4.52%
Difference:
€294 less than using OFX
Time:12:07 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the US as licensed money transmitters. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/20/2019
 

Popular EUR cross rates


EUR/USD - Euro to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
20 Feb 20191.1350Latest
13 Feb 20191.12661 Week+0.75%
21 Jan 20191.13691 Month-0.17%
24 Aug 20181.16286 Months-2.39%
20 Feb 20181.23361 Year-7.99%
20 Feb 20171.06092 Years+6.98%
21 Feb 20141.37405 Years-17.39%
22 Feb 20091.271410 Years-10.73%

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

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
20 Feb 20190.8685Latest
13 Feb 20190.87631 Week-0.89%
21 Jan 20190.88191 Month-1.52%
24 Aug 20180.90526 Months-4.05%
20 Feb 20180.88111 Year-1.43%
20 Feb 20170.85062 Years+2.1%
21 Feb 20140.82695 Years+5.03%
22 Feb 20090.885010 Years-1.86%

EUR/JPY - Euro to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
20 Feb 2019125.6895Latest
13 Feb 2019124.97101 Week+0.57%
21 Jan 2019124.69561 Month+0.8%
24 Aug 2018129.34306 Months-2.82%
20 Feb 2018132.47311 Year-5.12%
20 Feb 2017120.17382 Years+4.59%
21 Feb 2014140.72415 Years-10.68%
22 Feb 2009119.077710 Years+5.55%

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
20 Feb 20191.5830Latest
13 Feb 20191.58861 Week-0.35%
21 Jan 20191.58801 Month-0.31%
24 Aug 20181.58706 Months-0.25%
20 Feb 20181.56531 Year+1.13%
20 Feb 20171.38002 Years+14.71%
21 Feb 20141.53065 Years+3.42%
22 Feb 20091.979410 Years-20.03%

EUR/CAD - Euro to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
20 Feb 20191.4940Latest
13 Feb 20191.49381 Week+0.01%
21 Jan 20191.51181 Month-1.18%
24 Aug 20181.51566 Months-1.43%
20 Feb 20181.56031 Year-4.25%
20 Feb 20171.39052 Years+7.44%
21 Feb 20141.52585 Years-2.08%
22 Feb 20091.597010 Years-6.45%

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