Our money guide provides information on bank accounts, money exchange, credit and debit cards and money transfers. If you need to open a bank account, we will explain how to do it - step by step.
Opening an account and using standard services
If you plan on staying in France for longer period of time, you will probably need to open a bank account. This is important as some services (e.g. mobile phones) require automatic debits to be set up on a French bank account.
Credit cards, cheques and cash machines
Credit cards are popular in France and are widely accepted in shops and restaurants, so you can pay for most things with plastic. Also cheques are still an accepted method of payment in France.
Common French expressions in banking
This overview gives you an explanation of the most important terms and expressions used in the French banking sector.