Practical Information

Tour Eiffel @Laura Chouette

Climate and Temperature

In France, temperatures are expressed in degrees Celsius (°C).

France has a temperate climate overall, but comprises four distinct climate areas:

  • Western France has an oceanic climate, with average rainfall spread throughout the year and rather modest annual temperature variation.
  • Central and eastern France’s continental climate results in very distinct seasons, with hot summers and winters that are quite cold.
  • The Mediterranean climate of south-eastern France brings hot, dry summers with generous sunshine all year round.
  • Above altitudes of 600-800m, France’s mountain climate results in high rainfall and snow for three to six months of the year. Summer temperatures vary, depending on sunshine.

In the month of June, temperatures in Paris and the surrounding Ile-de-France region generally range between 16°C and 23°C, with an average daytime temperature of 19°C.

Currency, cash withdrawals and credit cards

The euro is the official currency of France.

Paris has many banks, both French and foreign, usually open from 9:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, or sometimes Tuesday to Saturday. Foreign currencies can be changed into euros at bureaux de change or at some banks (proof of identity is required).

Cards can be used to withdraw euros 24/7 from cash dispensers (ATMs), and most international credit cards can be used at ATMs of major French or foreign banks.

Champs Elysees @reisetopia

Business hours

Shops in France are generally open from 9:00 to 19:00.

Parisian specialty food stores are sometimes open until 20:00.

Some of the more popular districts, such as the Champs-Elysées, also feature late night shopping. Department stores (Printemps Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché) and shops in selected tourist areas in Paris (including the Marais and Champs-Elysées) often stay open later, with some shops opening on Sundays.

Business hours for banks tend to be 9:00 to 17:00, with or without a lunch-time closure (from 12:30 to 14:00).

Telecommunications

For calls to France from a mobile telephone or landline, the international prefix is +33

In the event of an emergency (police, medical, fire), dial the free European emergency number: 112

  • Fire brigade: dial 18
  • Emergency police number: dial 17
  • SAMU (Emergency Medical Assistance Service): dial 15

Electricity and Time zone

Electricity in France runs on a 220-volt, 50-hertz current. Electrical sockets are type E (for plugs with two round prongs and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin).

If you are bringing electrical appliances from abroad, you may need an adapter. You may also require a transformer (110V-220V).

The time difference between Paris and Coordinated Universal Time / Greenwich Mean Time, is +1.00

Health

There are no vaccination requirements to enter France. Travellers are advised to check updated health-related entry conditions with regard to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Medical provisions

It is recommended that visitors to France have health and repatriation insurance to cover any healthcare costs.

Tap water is safe for drinking in Paris, and throughout France.

In the event of a medical emergency

In addition to the emergency numbers, the following may be useful:

  • European emergency number: 112;
  • the SAMU/Emergency Medical Assistance Service: 15;

The SOS Médecins Paris service can also be contacted by dialling:

  • 36 24 or
  • +33 (0) 1 4707 7777.

Pharmacies in Paris

Paris has numerous pharmacies, which are generally open non-stop from 8:00 to 20:00. They alternate Sunday and sometimes Monday closures.

If a pharmacy is closed, a notice on the door will indicate the location of the nearest open pharmacies.

Participants should note that the ATCM venue, the Maison de la Mutualité, is located next to a medical centre (address: Centre de Santé du Square de la Mutualité, 1 square de la Mutualité, 75005 Paris; Phone: +33 (0)1 5525 0190).

Restaurant @K8

Restaurants

Restaurant prices are always displayed outside.

The prices listed include taxes and service charges.

In bars and cafés, a visible price list inside is mandatory. The prices differ depending on whether the customer is seated on the terrace, seated at a table indoors, or at the bar (which costs less). Surcharges may apply after certain hours.

In France, taxes and service charges are included in the price, meaning that the price already includes service (around 15% of the total price). If you are pleased with the service, however, you may choose to leave a tip, which would typically amount to 5-10% of the final tally.