Paris is the capital of France. The currency in Paris is the euro (Paris facts). Convert prices in euros in dollars, pounds and other currencies. Find below currency conversion rates and a tool to convert dollars and other currencies to euros.
The euro is the official currency of the eurozone, which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. The euro is used by the institutions of the European Union and four other European countries and is consequently used daily by some 337 million Europeans.
Additionally, 210 million people worldwide as of 2013 use currencies pegged to the euro. The euro is the second largest reserve currency and the second most traded currency in the world after the US dollar. As of August 2014, with more than €995,000,000,000 in circulation, the euro has the highest combined value of banknotes and coins in circulation in the world, having surpassed the US dollar.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank of the 19 European Union countries which have adopted the euro. Its main task is to maintain price stability in the euro area.
Your best source of cash is an automated teller machine (ATM) or cashpoint. You'll find ATMs on banks and post offices all over Paris, and most of them have step-by-step instructions in your choice of French, English, and other languages. Be prepared to use a four-digit numberic PIN. You'll nearly always pay a small transaction fee on cash withdrawals outside your bank's ATM network.
ATMs nearly always have better rates than currency-exchange offices and hotel reception desks. If you insist on exchanging cash or traveler's checks, try to limit the amount, because changing money back into your own currency at the end of your will mean yet another exchange commission.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted by most shops and restaurants, though smaller merchants, some neighborhood restaurants or bars, and street vendors may not take credit cards. (Also, restaurant tips are normally given in cash.) American Express is accepted at higher-end boutiques and restaurants that cater to tourists.