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May072009

Where to Exchange Money in Paris

I don't normally recommend coming to Paris with money to exchange if you can help it, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I've listed some exchange bureaus in the touristy areas of Paris (you can NOT exchange money in local banks), but their rates are pretty horrible. Yesterday someone I met had $2000 to exchange into euros. The official rate was €0.74. The agency at Rue de Rivoli (near BHV) was paying €0.65 plus tacking on a 4% commission (BTW, there is always commission, it's just sometimes hidden in the exchange rate).

She may have been able to bargain on the commission if she hadn't given up her $2000 all at once, but I did manage to talk the jerk at the desk into giving her smaller bills (he tried to give her two 500 euro bills, which no one in Paris will accept).After everything, she got just over €1200. Not great.

When I got home, I checked with a few other change bureaus, including the one in Chinatown I usually use, and all of them would have saved her €200. It pays to look these places up before arriving if you know you'll have cash, or to call around to find out what the rates are at different bureaus. Here are three recommendations (anyone want to add to this?):

MultiChange Paris (8 agencies in Paris, including ones open daily at Place Vendôme, Arc de Triomphe, and the Marché aux Puces St Ouen). You can also order your currency online.

Puccini SARL (the one I use in Chinatown at 20 ave de Choisy, 13th, M° Porte de Choisy, tel 01 45 83 58 00).

Yes Change (1 Rue Rouget de Lisle, 1st, M° Concord or Tuileries, tel 01 42 60 00 35; make sure you tell them at the bureau that you want the "Yes Change" rate from their website)

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Reader Comments (30)

THANKS IT IS VERY INFORMATIVE
May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPRADEEP
As of October 2011, Yes Change (1 Rue Rouget de Lisle, 1st, M° Concord or Tuileries, tel 01 42 60 00 35) still provides the best exchange rate that I could find in Paris. They also provide excellent service and are very cordial both on the phone and in person. Thank you for the lead!
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHoma
Thanks to this article, checked out yes-change's online rates and found them comparable to that of xe.com/ucc and then when checking out other money changers en route to yes-change's office by The Tuileries, am confirming that yes-change was a good option to go with.
I had £300 to change into €uros, and the money changer along Rue de Rivoli offered me €293 initially, and then when I asked him if he was serious about the dismal exchange rate, was told about service change/commission etc and then asked when I wanted to change my £, and when I told him, well, today, was offered their "best rate", which was €311 for £300 and was told that I wouldn't be able to get any better than that anywhere -- said no merci to that, continued walked another 3 minutes and turned the corner into Rue de Rouget de Lisle, and at yes-change's office, got an extra €30 for doing just that - ending up with €344 for £300 as of Nov 23rd 2011.
November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRie
Be sure to AVOID AT ALL COSTS 'CHANGE MASTER', 25 BD SAINT MICHEL. They asked me a commission of 10 euros on a sum of 40 pounds... That's a real robbery!
June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstef79
I'm in Paris right now and have some GBP to change. thanks for the info and will check out the places mentioned and let you know which one is better off in 2013
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngel
juste look at http://www.cen-change.com
the rate is near of real rate. The lowest of paris.
You can reserved your rate with website until 2 Days.
Near of "Gare de l'Est".
June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAPAUL from paris
My friend told me about Comptoir Change Opéra on rue Scribe http://www.ccopera.com who she says has the best rates & doesn't take a fee.
January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hello!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for posting http://www.yes-change.com on your page. You just saved me like $300 in exchange fees.

Good article!

Dave
September 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Deutsch
Check the dollar euro rates on www.changemagenta.fr
They are situated 77 boulevard magenta in paris.
5 august 2015 i got 92 euros for 100 dollars
August 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrian
I always go to 66 avenue des Champs Elysées and send my friends there.
The boss is Fred. Tell his name and they will give the best price in paris. You can compare and negotiate with him.

The office is in the gallery of Tiffany at the beginning. Good place. Clean. and cheap
December 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAskFred

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