Whether you’re heading to Paris to explore its many shops and boutiques or to fill up on cheese and wine, you’ll need some euros to spend. Changing your money before you arrive or at at the airport when you land can result in unfavourable exchange rates and charges so we’ve put together a list of places to change money in Paris with the best exchange rate.
Changing money in Paris can be an experience in itself, owing to the fact that some of the ‘bureau de changes’ here are almost 100 years old, making it feel like you’re stepping back in time. While the majority of shops and restaurants in Paris now accept Visa and MasterCard, it’s still wise to carry cash as some more local places will still not accept cards. And also bear in mind that many places in France still don’t accept American Express. So with all that in mind, here’s our list of the best places to exchange your money in Paris.
If you are near Metro Gare de l’Est or within easy walking distance then make sure to seek out Change Magenta to exchange your money. It offers the best rates in Paris for many currencies and charges no commission. On their website you’ll find a handy calculator so you can work out how much you’ll receive on any given day.
Or et Change
Found at 53 Rue Vivienne, Or et Change offers one of the best exchange rates in Paris. Here you can also exchange old coins, gold and other precious metals. Whether you order online or go to the counter, they charge no commission and add no taxes so you’re guaranteed a good rate.
Located right next to Palais Brongniart and Bourse Subway Station, Merson will give you some of the best exchange rates in Paris from both USD and GBP. It has been operating since 1971 and isn’t like many of the faceless currency exchange chains that are popular now. Worth seeking out for the exchange rate and customer service.
This family-run business has been in operation since 1909 and will exchange both currency and gold. It’s just a two minute walk from Rue Montmartre Station making it easily accessible for most tourists. It will give you some of the best rates in the capital and will also give you a taste of what Paris was like in the early 20th century.
Founded in 1892, Cen (which stands for Change-Est-Nord) is one of the oldest money exchange offices in Paris. With more than a century of experience, they buy and sell gold and currency at fantastic rates. Located at 70 Boulevard de Strasbourg it’s in a great central location for tourists to find.
This global money exchange company started in London and now has branches all over the world. You can order your currency online before you arrive and pick it up from one of the many shops all over the capital. You’ll find Travelex stores in all the major tourist districts. You can also order a Travelex prepaid money card that will allow you to pay in euros at the current exchange rate with no extra cost.