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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)

Is it best to exchange currency in America before going to Paris? This is my first trip out of the country and I have no clue about changing money in Paris.
January 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFirst time Traveler
Hi First Time Traveler, I would bring 100 euros with you if possible (your bank can usually order it in advance), then just use your credit/debit card to withdraw money once in France. Exchanging currency always costs more than getting it from an ATM.
January 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Hi,
Sometimes french system is really complicate. If you have to exchange some money during your stay in France, my advice is to go to the "Banque de France". Except the exchange offices in the airport or in the touristy areas, it's the only bank allowed to do it.
https://www.banque-france.fr/la-banque-de-france/organisation/implantations-de-la-banque/region/ile-de-france.html

The opening schedules are not very convenient, the employees will probably not speak english but... it can be a solution when you are in France and you have to exchange money.

French way of life... =)
Really sorry for my poor english.
January 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMillie
Hi Mille, Thank your for your message, however you have misinformation (being French doesn't always mean you know better than the tourists), the Banque de France does not exchange money. It says that on their website: "Devises : la Banque de France n’assure pas de service de change de devises."

NO BANKS will exchange money for tourists in France (most do not even have windows to withdraw money, you have to use the ATM). Only "bureaux de change" and some luxury hotels will do this.
January 26, 2016 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
I checked several exchange places in Paris and the big ones take 10-12% range on the exchange rate. I did fine the small simple non branded places take around 3%range on the exchange rate.

The one i used is in 'sarl Niki Gold 27, rue du four 75006, Paris' he took a 3% exchange rate.

Anyway i recommend to check several places before...
May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames
+1 for Rue Vivienne,few exchange places ,and differences between them as well.just shop around!
May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarius
I changed $800 nz at Travelx at the airport in Paris, got $400 euro, was surprised how little i got,, a week later changed the same at yes exchange and got $499, almost $100 euro more, a fairly sizable difference with not a lot of movement in the exchange rates. I see it has dropped a fraction today to $495 on their web site, so i think i can back up many comments on here saying that yes exchange seems to be a good option if you have to exchange cash, but it would have been better to use ATM's
June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Ladies and Gentleman just to inform you that so many money exchange here in Paris charge a huge percentage of commission something from 6% - 9%, but we dont charge any kind of commission and we give the best rates here in Paris. Our address is 44 Boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris. Its near Pigalle Metro station. If you walk from Pigalle station towards Moulin Rouge it will be on the right hand side.

Thank You
ANA Change
July 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterANA Chnage
Thank you for this. I used MultiChange on St. Germain, and they were better than airport and most other places I checked. So definitely, thanks.
September 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRRS
Thanks for all those sharing of experience ;-)
after a few phone calls ( couldn't find ANA Change's number) to change some € in cash toward $,

Marush at
Change Magenta: 77, Blvd Magenta 75010 (Metro: Chateau d'eau or Gare de l'Est) 01 42 46 56 93

gave me the best rate and he even rounds up the amount at the end ;-) athat's a first in Paris
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

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