French’s currency is the euro (€), which is divided into 100 cents.
Tipping in restaurants, taxis and hotels is common. Restaurants will often add in a service charge, usually 10%. If not, the normal tip is 10% for restaurants or taxis. In hotels, tips for porters are usually quite high (over 5€ per bag) but it’s not an obligation.
Nearly all banks in Nice will have an automated teller machine (ATM), which can be outside the building or just inside the door. Please note that machines are often not replenished over the weekend so it is advisable to take out all the cash you need early on Friday so that you won’t be disappointed.
Most Banks offer a foreign exchange facility and generally offer the best exchange rates. You can also often change money in many Post Offices, which are open on Saturdays until around noon. Nice also offers some Bureaux de change but the rates may be higher than many banks.
Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur – +33 (0)493215979
17 avenue Jean Médecin +33 (0)493879972
2 rue de France +33 (0)493886300
Comptoir Financier Arin
9 Avenue Jean Médecin +33 (0)493878262
13 Avenue Thiers +33 (0)493885999
Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted in Nice than Amex or Diners Club, which may not be accepted in smaller establishments. If a card is lost or stolen, inform the police and the issuing company as soon as possible; otherwise you may have to bear the cost of the thief’s purchases. Here are some 24-hour hotlines for cancelling your cards.
In case of loss or theft
Central Police Station 24/7 (I4)
1 Av. Maréchal Foch +33 (0)492172222
Foreign visitor reception desk:
Opening hours : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – interactive terminals in few languages.
Passport & National Identity card. Thefts can be reported at the police station. Please report the loss of French ID cards to the Town Hall (Mairie).
Telephone number in case of loss (or theft) of the main.
Telephone number in case of loss or theft:
– Main bank cards : 0892705705
– American Express : +33 (0)147777200
– Cheque books (bank or post-office) : 0892 68 32 08
Lost & Found
42 rue Dabray (G3) & +33 (0)497134410
Open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Friday till 3:45 pm.
Traveller’s cheques from most major banks are accepted in Ireland. It is best to carry them in Euros to avoid expensive exchange rates. It is important to remember that traveller’s cheques are not generally accepted for everyday transactions so we recommend cashing them at the beginning of your trip.
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