Important Information about France


In France, there are many telephone booths on city streets; you can make a call to them using telephone cards (Telecarte) sold in post offices and shops.

Telephone numbers for emergency calls in France:

  • fire department 18
  • police 17
  • ambulance 15
  • Help Desk 12

Automatic telephone connection from the city of Paris: 19 + country code + area code + subscriber number.


Tips in France, as a rule, are included in the bill and range from 12 to 15% of the total amount, but if for some reason you were not included in the tip, you can pay or not pay, at your discretion.

In theaters and cinemas, it is customary to leave a tip to the usher who escorts the viewer to his seat in the auditorium (from 10% of the cost of the purchased ticket).


Since 2002, the currency of the European Union, the euro, has been in force on the territory of France. They have banknotes in denominations of 5,10,20,50,100, 200 and 50 euros, as well as coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Many currency exchange offices offer a very unfavorable exchange rate, in addition, a significant commission of 15% of the total amount is taken for the transaction, so guests arriving from the Russian Federation are advised to purchase currency before arriving in France.

Traveler’s checks are cashed at exchange offices or banks. You can receive no more than 60 euros in cash at a time on such checks. In addition, most outlets in the country accept common international credit cards.

Value added tax in France is 20.6% (33% for luxury goods) and is included in the cost of various goods. Citizens of foreign countries, making a purchase of goods in one store, with a total value of more than 185 euros, are entitled to a refund of the amount of VAT. You can get these amounts either at customs, when crossing the border in the opposite direction, or checks will be sent to your place of residence to receive cash on them at local banks.

French banks usually work from Monday to Friday inclusive, Saturday and Sunday, as a rule, days off. Opening hours: from 10 to 17 hours. Please be aware of the shortened working day on the dates preceding French national holidays. Currency exchange offices are open every day, except Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm.


Starting in 2000, Frania announced free sightseeing of historical architectural monuments and admission to museums, but only one day a month, except for June, July and August. At the same time, children under 18 can visit museums for free all year. See liuxers for France customs and traditions.

Thus, adults can save money on visiting cultural sites if they choose to visit them on the first Monday of each month.


An extensive railway network is the pride of France, the fare here is not low and is calculated based on the distance to the point of arrival, travel time, and the age of the passenger himself.

For greater economy of movement within the country, you can use the intercity bus service.

France is not the best place for hitchhikers, rather, it is more suitable for those who want to travel expensively, but in comfort.

Those who decide to use taxi services should remember that it is best not to “catch” a car on the street, but to call a taxi by phone from a hotel or inn. However, you will also have to pay for the road to your place of stay from the moment the driver receives your order.


The voltage in the electrical networks of the country is 220 volts, sockets in France are of the European type. Current frequency 50Hz.


France time zone: GMT+1 (- 2 hours from Moscow).

Climate features

According to subjective feelings, the cold in France, due to high humidity, is quite hard to bear even by Russian tourists, the air temperature of +5 ° C is perceived as minus.

This must be taken into account when choosing warm clothes for a trip. And in the summer, due to the same humidity, the heat is also hard to endure here even at night.

Important Information about France