The Euro is the official currency of France and of most European Union member states, excluding the UK and the Czech Republic, among others. The Euro, symbolized by a “€,” has been in public circulation since January 2002. The franc, the former official currency of France, is no longer accepted, however, you may see that some price tags in France give the price both in Euro and in francs, to help those who still think in terms of francs.
The Paris public transport system is run by RATP and consists of the Métro (underground), Tram, RER suburban express train (which interconnects with the Métro inside Paris), bus, and Noctilien (night bus). …Zones 1 and 2 cover the city center and ALL Métro lines. The Métro alone is very efficient and will take you anywhere you need to go within Paris city limits. On the bus, transfers (bus/bus or bus/tram) are also permitted for up to 1 hour and 30 minutes (from first to last check-in). Between 1 a.m. and 5.30 a.m., while the Métro is closed, Noctambus lines may be used 7 days a week. A special fare will apply.
Visa and Entry
Passports must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. You will need to apply for a short-stay visa. Regulations and types of visas vary according to the French territory you intend to visit: For European territory (mainland France), France complies with Schengen regulations related to the Schengen area, and issues a short-stay Uniform Schengen visa; For non-European territories (French overseas territories), France issues a short-stay national visa; For stays longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-stay national visa.
Paris has two airports, Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to the north and Orly (ORY) to the south. If you arrive in Paris by air, public transport will get you quickly and cheaply into central Paris. Unless you can squeeze five passengers into a taxi, it will certainly be cheaper.
Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time. Electrical outlets in France usually deliver power at 220-240 volts. It is much stronger than most North American sockets, which usually deliver 110-120 V. Plugging a 110V hairdryer into a 240V French socket may result in ruining the device or worse, starting a fire.
Train Travel from Paris to Banlieu and Region Parisienne
What are RER trains?
The RER Paris suburban railway system will be mostly used by visitors for their airport transfer into Paris City Centre to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Orly Airport or for independent excursions to Disneyland and Versailles. There are five lines, simply letters A to E.
The Metro can be the quickest and easiest way to travel short distances, but for longer distances, the RER is faster. On the Metro, trains are very frequent so you won’t have to wait long.
The French health care system is generally recognized as offering one of the best, services of public health care in the world. Above all, it is a system that works, provides universal cover, and is a system that is strongly defended by virtually everyone in France. A cornerstone of France’s revered healthcare system, the pharmacy is included in the basic amenities you will find in every medium-sized town and even in some relatively small villages. In fact, there are some 23,000 pharmacies across the whole country.