The 5 Best Places to Exchange Money in Paris

Paris Travel Guides / November 05, 2016
The 5 Best Places to Exchange Money in Paris Image credit: iakov

As a member of the EU, France has Euro as its official currency. Euros are available in 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 bills. Coins have denominations of 1 and 2 Euro as well as 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Exchanging currency in Paris can become an interesting activity in itself. This is because Paris has some of the most history-rich money changers in the world, which have been in existence for 50 to 100 years! Their looks and atmosphere make it a transaction like one in the 19th century.

Paris’s commercial and tourist districts are known as home to many money exchange shops. You can easily spot them with a big sign that says “Change”. While most of the money changers are independent service providers, some belong to global currency exchange chains.

If you want to get your euro quickly while not being in a commercial district or tourist area, just withdraw some at ATM machines using your international ATM or credit cards. Banks are also an address to buy euro, but take note that not all Paris’s banks have currency exchange service.

Another need-to-know information is that only a few banks and money changers accept traveler’s cheques.

Below is a list of the best places to exchange money in Paris. These accessible areas house Paris’s top attractions. Also listed are recommended money changers in each area that offer the best rates and quality service.

Visitors are advised to explore these areas and compare rates around before making a transaction.

1. Money Changers at Arc de Triomphe

Money Changers at Arc de Triomphe Image credit: APS Change

The Arc de Triomphe is among top tourist attractions in Paris. This landmark that overlooks the Champs-Elysées is hard to miss. Most, if not all, travelers who visit Paris often find time to see the Arc de Triomphe.

If you are going to be one of them, you can add money exchanging to your trip to the area. Because there are a number of forex shops join the lively life at The Arc de Triomphe. Most of them are within walking distance from the arch and stay open until late evening.

Among the recommended money changers at Arc de Triomphe, APS Change is probably the best as its buying and selling rates are often better than its counterparts’.

Best rates for
– USD
– GBP
– CHF
– CAD
– JPY
– AUD
– CNY

Recommended money changers
1. APS Change
– You just need to walk 5 minutes from Arc de Triomphe to reach APS Exchange
– Address: 30 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 45 72 42 62
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:45; Saturday 09:30 – 18:00

2. International Currency Exchange
– 40 years in service and operates in 20 countries
– This branch is less than 5 minutes on foot from Arc de Triomphe
– Services include urrency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 140, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 4075-0049
– Opening hours: Daily 08:45 – 23:00

3. Change Group
– UK-based company since 1992
– It is only a 3 minute walk from Arc de Triomphe
– Address: 150 Avenue Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 9 6206-3100
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 23:00, Sunday 09:00 – 23:00

4. Multi-Change
– It is 3 minutes on foot from Arc de Triomphe
– Services: Currency and gold exchange
– Address: 4, Rue de Tilsit, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 4225-0555
– Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 23:30
Multi-Change daily rates

5. Travelex
– Established in London in 1976 and operates in 26 countries
– This branch is about 3 minutes on foot from Arc de Triomphe
– Services: Currency exchange, and money transfer
– Address: 125 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 47 20 25 14
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 19:30; Sunday 10:00 – 19:30

2. Money Changers on Champs Elysees

Money Changers on Champs Elysees Image credit: Universal Money Exchange

The Avenue des Champs Elysees is renowned as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. This tourist heaven stretches for 2 kilometers from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

The avenue is lined with restaurants, cafes, luxury shops, theatres, museums and, of course, forex shops.

You will definitely love it as it has all the beauties, deliciousness and excitement to offer alongside easy access to money changers.

If you are in need for stocking local currency at odd hours (midnight for example), you can use the service of International Group Exchange, which opens until 1:00am.

Best rates for
– USD
– JPY
– CAD
– CHF
– AUD
– AED
– DKK
– HKD

Recommended money changers
1. Universal Money Exchange

– More than 20 years in service
– This money changer is less than 3 minutes on foot from Franklin Roosevelt Subway Station and Rond-Point des Champs-Elysee Bus Stop
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 26 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 5376-2851
– Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00

2. Travelex
– Established in London in 1976 and operates in 26 countries
– This money changer is just 5 minutes away (on foot) from Franklin Roosevelt Subway Station and a 1 minute walk way from La Boetie – Champs-Elysees Bus Stop
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 52 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 42 89 80 33
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 22:30; Sunday 10:00 – 21:30

3. International Group Exchange
– It is just 2 minutes away (on foot) from George V Subway Station
– Traveler’s cheques are accepted
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 79 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 47 20 92 14
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 01:00

4. Arcades Change
– This money changer is 3 minutes away (on foot) from George V Subway Station and 1 minute way from La Boetie – Champs-Elysees Bus Stop
– Traveler’s cheques are accepted
– Services: Currency exchange, gold exchange, and money transfer
– Address: 76 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 43 58 26 00
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 19:00
Daily rates

5. KEB Hana Bank
– KEB Hana Bank is a Korean bank that operates in many countries, with main service is currency exchanging
– This bank branch is less than 5 minutes (on foot) from Franklin Roosevelt Subway Station and La Boetie – Champs-Elysees Bus Stop
– Located at 38 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1-5367-1200
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00, 13:00 – 16:00

How to get there
– By subway: Nearest subway stations are Franklin Roosevelt and George V
– By bus: Nearest bus stops are La Boetie – Champs-Elysees and Rond-Point des Champs-Elysee

3. Money Changers on Rue de Rivoli

Money Changers on Rue de Rivoli Image credit: jovannig

Rue de Rivoli, a Paris’s much-loved street, is one of the best places to exchange money in the city. A large number of money changers call it home and build their nests on the main avenue and its side streets.

Among them, Yes Change is a much-talked-about forex shop. People have praised this place for its good rates and friendly service.

If you are planning to visit Tuileries Gardens and Louvre Museum, which are also residents of the famous Rue de Rivoli street, then making a trip to this forex hub is a double hit. Oh, a triple hit, maybe, because this journey also give you a chance to buy many great souvenirs and shoes at good prices. These two products are among what the street is well known for.

Best rates for
– USD
– GBP
– CHF
– CAD
– JPY
– AUD
– CNY

Recommended money changers
1. Yes Change

– 24 years in service
– This money changer is very near Tuileries Garden
– It’s location is just 2 minutes away (on foot) from Concorde Subway Station and Castiglione Bust Stop
– Accepts traveler’s cheques
– Address: 1 Rue Rouget de Lisle, 75001 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 42 60 00 35
– Opening hours: Mon to Fri 08:30 – 18:00; Sats 09:30 – 13:00, 14:00 – 17:30

2. Travelex
– It is within walking distance from Tuileries Garden, Tuileries Subway Station, and the statue of Joan of Arc
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 194 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 47 03 49 52
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 19:30; Sunday 11:00 – 17:30

3. Change Group
– This money changer is near the Joan of Arc statue
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 190 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 9 6134-3831
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 20:30; Sunday 10:30 – 18:30

4. Changes et Monnaies
– This is within walking distance from the Louvre Museum, Palais Royal, and Ibu Gallery
– Address: 34 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 49 27 98 33
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00

5. Banque Populaire (BRED)
– It is a French bank that offers foreign exchange services to travelers
– This bank branch is less than 5 minutes (on foot) from Saint-Jacques Tower and Hotel de Ville Subway Station
– Address: 33 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 9 52 57 98 25
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:30 – 18:00

How to get there
– By subway: Nearest subway stations are Concorde, Tuileries, Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre, Louvre-Rivoli, and Hotel de Ville
– By bus: Nearest bus stops are Castiglione, Musee du Louvre, Louvre-Rivoli, and Chatelet.

4. Money Changers in Vivienne

Money Changers in Vivienne Image credit: Merson

The Vivienne district of Paris is where you can find Palais Brongniart, which is the former home of Paris Stock Exchange. This historic building is now functioning as an event venue.

The area surrounding Palais Brongniart still has traces of the old financial district. Gold and currency exchange shops line the streets in the vicinity; some of them date back to the early years of the 20th century like Joubert, which was established in 1909.

The most popular money changer in Vivienne must be Merson. It has won people’s hearts through providing favorable exchange rates with no commission. Saturday is counted as their trading day while other establishments have this day as a rest time.

Best rates for
– USD
– AUD
– SAR
– CAD
– DKK
– GBP
– HKD
– JPY
– SGD

Recommended money changers
1. Merson

– Family business since 1971
– It’s location is less than 3 minutes on foot from Palais Brongniart and Bourse Subway Station
– Services: Currency exchange, gold exchange, and money transfer
– Address: 33 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 01 42 33 81 67
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00; Saturday 10:00 – 18:00

2. Joubert
– Family-run business since 1909
– This is only 2 minutes away (on foot) from Rue Montmartre Station
– Services: Currency and gold exchange
– Address: 38 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 42 36 20 39
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 – 18:15

3. Comptoir de la Bourse
– You just need to walk 2 minutes from Palais Brongniart or Bourse Subway Stations to reach the place
– Services: Currency and gold exchange
– Accepts traveler’s cheques
– Address: 2 Rue de la Bourse, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 01 47 03 41 41
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:30

4. Change de la Bourse
– The shop is only 3 minute walk from Palais Brongniart and Bourse Subway Stations
– Services: Currency and gold exchange
– Address: 28 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 01 40 28 11 11
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:30 – 18:30

5. Change Vivienne
– This is only 2 minutes away (on foot) from Rue Montmartre Station and Musee Grevin
– Services: Currency and gold exchange
– Address: 48 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 42 33 20 20
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:30 – 18:00

How to get there
– By subway: Nearest subway stations are Bourse and Rue Montmartre
– By bus: Nearest bust stops are Bourse and Grands Boulevards

5. Money changers near Palais Garnier Opera House

Money changers near Palais Garnier Opera House Image credit: Comptoir Change Opera

Palais Garnier Opera House is one of the most visited attractions in Paris. This 19th century architectural masterpiece and its beauty is something to die for.

A quick stroll along the opera house’s adjacent streets will takes you to various shops, restaurants, and the famous outdoor cafes of Paris. It also leads your way to many money changers in the area.

Stop at Bureaux de Change Kanoo and make a transaction there if you want to take a dose of nostalgia and feel like a businessman in the old days.

Best rates for
– GBP
– JPY
– AED
– INR
– AUD
– CNY
– KRW
– DKK
– HKD

Recommended money changers
1. Bureaux de Change Kanoo

– A family Bahrain-based company with more than 100 years of experience
– Accepts more than 90 foreign currencies
– Accepts American Express traveler’s cheques in all currencies
– Located at American Express Bldg., 11 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 53 30 99 00
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 18:30

2. Comptoir Change Opera
– Providing currency and gold exchange services for over 60 years
– Address: 9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 47 42 20 96
– Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00; Saturday 09:30 – 17:00

3. Nova Cambios
– 12 years in service
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Address: 1 Rue Auber, 75009 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 5330-2383
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 20:00

4. Travelex
– Travelex is at Place de l’Opera, right in front of the Opera House
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Located at 8 Place de l’Opera 75009 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 1 42 07 49 68
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 19:15; Sunday 11:00 – 17:30

5. Change Group
– This money changer is a very short walk from the Palais Garnier and Opera Subway Station
– Services: Currency exchange and money transfer
– Located at 49 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris, France
– Phone: +33 963262542
– Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 08:30 – 21:30; Sunday 11:00 – 19:00

How to get there
– By subway: Nearest subway station is Opera Subway Station
– By bus: Nearest bust stops are Opera and Opera Rue de la Paix