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Paris / Orsay information

Thanks to the Société Française d'Acoustique for his paris-information page.

Weather

Paris area in August is usually sunny with average high and low temperatures of 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) during the day. Showers may occur with an average precipitation of 2.3 inches (59 mm).

Local Time

Standard time zone (GMT +1 hr) and daylight saving time (+1 hr) give a time zone offset of GMT +2 hours.

Currency and foreign exchange

The local currency is EURO (€). For people coming from outside the euro-zone, currency can be exchanged at some banks and preferably at "Bureau de change" that can be found in large department stores, main railway stations, airports and near tourist attractions. Please note: although the exchange rate is fixed, commission rates are not. They have to be clearly displayed.

Banking and credit cards

Banks are open generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with an optional break at lunch time, from Monday to Friday or from Tuesday to Saturday. Automatic Teller Machines (cash dispensers) can be found almost everywhere and accept most international cards (Visa, Eurocard, and Mastercard). In shops and restaurants, mainly Visa, Eurocard, and Mastercard are accepted. American Express cards are also accepted in several places (but not all, please check signs at the entrance).

Electricity

The power supply is 220V, 50 Hz. Round European style two-pin plugs are used. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120V require a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Restaurants

For evning diner, Paris offers a large variety of restaurants and cafés. Prices for a full menu (3 courses) range from about 10 to 40 euros. Typical dinner time is after 8:00 pm.

Visit in Paris…

The CISP has informations and advice about visit in Paris.