About France

France is a country located in Western Europe.  It was founded on October 4, 1958.

History [Founded on October 4, 1958] • Capital [Paris] • Government [Republic] • Currency [Euro (€)] • Language [French (official)] • Religion [Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz Type E plug] • Time Zone [UTC +1] • Country Code [+33] • Internet TLD [.fr ] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

France Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to France and find the best things to see, do and experience in France even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel TowerParis and Eiffel tower in Autumn.

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de ChambordChateau de Chambord Loire Valley France.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-MichelClose up of Mont Saint Michel on sunset, France.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de ParisParis Notre-Dame – Jean-Paul-II square in Paris, France.

The Louvre

The Louvre TungCheung / Shutterstock.com
TungCheung / Shutterstock.com

Famous Louvre museum in Paris, France. Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, more 10+ millions in 2012.  (TungCheung / Shutterstock.com)

Palais des Papes

Palais des PapesPalais des Papes in Avignon, a UNESCO heritage site, France.

Chamonix

ChamonixGreat view of Spring valley Chamonix between the mountain ranges, downy layer of white clouds.

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral Valery Egorov / Shutterstock.com

A view to Cathedral, Our Lady of Chartres from central place of city. Cathedral constructed during the 13th century and is fine example of French Gothic architecture.  (Valery Egorov / Shutterstock.com)

St Tropez

St TropezOld town and luxury boats on the sea at Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de TriompheA view of Arc de Triomphe against nice blue sky.

Paris Catacombs

Paris CatacombsSkulls and bones in Paris Catacombs.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou Dmitry Brizhatyuk / Shutterstock.com
Pompidou Dmitry Brizhatyuk / Shutterstock.com

Facade of the Centre of Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. The Centre of Georges Pompidou is one of the most famous museums of the modern art in the world.   (Dmitry Brizhatyuk / Shutterstock.com)

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles - S-F / Shutterstock.com
S-F / Shutterstock.com

Fountain of Apollo in garden of Versailles Palace in a beautful summer day in France.  (S-F / Shutterstock.com)

Dune of Pyla

Dune of PylaView from the pyla dune, the largest sand dune in Europe.

Map

Tipping

Hotel –  Porters 0.50 – 1 Euro per bag, Housekeepers 1 – 1.50 Euro per day
Restaurant – 10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 2-5 euro
Taxi Driver – 10% of the bill.
Spas – 10% of the bill.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In Euros, US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 1000-1700

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.