France destination information
All you need to know before visiting France
France is a big country with around 67M French. Official language is French. France uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+01:00 with daylight saving time. Currency used in France is Euro (EUR).
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ATMs in France are Very common. Internet speed in France is on average 8.9 Mbps. In France you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).🏙️ Paris
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France uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.
Currency 💱1 EUR = 1.1 USD
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.
ATM 🏧🏦Very common
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.
Tipping 💁🏽Expected to tip
Tipping is quite common in France and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts always include a service charge.
Card 💳Widely accepted
Credit cards are widely accepted within France (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Mobile Phone 📱
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.
Emergency Calls 🚨Police :
119Fire department :
To call France, dial +, then 33 (the country code for France), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.Locally
For local calls within France, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .
international: + 33 1 1234567
calling local: 01 1234567
Internet Speed 💯
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.
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You can buy a SIM card for about €11.27, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Bouygues Télécom, Free, Orange or SFR.
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.
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