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Foreign Exchange Guide to France

This currency guide to France helps you choose the best way to save money on EUR transfers and travel money.    [USD/EUR=0.9086]

 
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 sending 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:

USD/EUR is trading above the 90 day average 0.9025 with range high 0.9175 and low 0.8865. There are currently no alerts.

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
850.60
Compare
0.850606.39%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
842.1
€8.5 less
0.8506U$107.33%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
833.59
€17 less
0.8506U$208.27%
Travelex Online US logo
824.00
€27 less
0.8240^9.32%
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.8506 (6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)850.60
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.7951 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)842.1
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.8506 (6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)833.59
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Travelex Online US logo

Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.824 (9.32% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)824.00
Total Cost:9.32%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Tue Oct 15 2019 12:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 10/15/2019 - 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/EUR

USD to EUR International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive EUR(€)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
9,014
Best Overall
0.90140^0.8%
XE logo
8,973
€41 less
0.897301.25%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
8,738.24
€276 less
0.8754183.84%
HSBC logo
8,731.88
€282 less
0.8745U$153.91%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
8,679
€335 less
0.8730154.49%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
8,622.9
€391 less
0.871U$1005.11%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
8,622.9
€391 less
0.871U$1005.11%
 

OFX logo

OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.9014 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)9,014
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

XE logo

XE: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.8973 (1.25% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,973
Total Cost:1.25%
Difference:
€41 EUR less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:0.8754 (3.66% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,738.24
Total Cost:3.84%
Difference:
€276 EUR less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.8745 (3.76% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,731.88
Total Cost:3.91%
Difference:
€282 EUR less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.8692 (4.35% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,679
Total Cost:4.49%
Difference:
€335 EUR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Bank of America logo

Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8710 (4.15% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,622.9
Total Cost:5.11%
Difference:
€391 EUR less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→EUR
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:0.8710 (4.15% from mid-rate)
To Amount (EUR)8,622.9
Total Cost:5.11%
Difference:
€391 EUR less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 10/15/2019 - See full table
 

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

PeriodChange*EUR/USDDate
7 Day+0.5%1.097307 Oct 2019
30 Day-0.9%1.113014 Sep 2019
3 Month-1.6%1.121216 Jul 2019
1 Year-4.5%1.155114 Oct 2018
5 Year-14%1.282115 Oct 2014
10 Year-25.9%1.488916 Oct 2009

*For period to 14-Oct 21UTC when EUR/USD was 1.1028

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

PeriodChange*EUR/GBPDate
7 Day-2.1%0.893007 Oct 2019
30 Day-1.8%0.889914 Sep 2019
3 Month-3.2%0.903516 Jul 2019
1 Year-0.8%0.881514 Oct 2018
5 Year+9.1%0.801415 Oct 2014
10 Year-4.1%0.911416 Oct 2009

*For period to 14-Oct 21UTC when EUR/GBP was 0.8742

EUR/AUD - Euro to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*EUR/AUDDate
1 Day+0.4%1.622513 Oct 2019
7 Day-0.1%1.629707 Oct 2019
30 Day+0.6%1.618414 Sep 2019
3 Month+1.9%1.598116 Jul 2019
1 Year+0.2%1.625214 Oct 2018
5 Year+11.8%1.456315 Oct 2014
10 Year+0.3%1.624216 Oct 2009

*For period to 14-Oct 21UTC when EUR/AUD was 1.6284

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