Post offices are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 8
a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. A very practical exception: the Poste Paris
Louvre, 52, rue du Louvre (1st), open 24/7! Metro : Louvre-Rivoli. Tel. : 01 40
28 76 00. Stamps can be purchased at post offices and at tobacconists.
•Banks, exchange and tax
Most banks are open from
9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and some branches are also open on
Saturday mornings. You can exchange money in train stations, airports, major
bank offices and foreign exchange counters which have the advantage of remaining
open late at night. Find out about the currency buying and selling rates by the
establishment before the transaction. Non-EU residents are exempt from VAT (no
duty) on purchases of a minimum of 175€ inclusive of VAT at the same store. Take
your passport and ask for the duty-free form.
•Loss and theft
In all cases of lost or stolen papers, report the loss or theft at a police
station and keep the receipt given to you for subsequent procedures.
To find the nearest police station, contact the préfecture de police, 9, bd du
Palais (4th). Metro : Cité. Tel.: 01 53 71 33 45.
Bureau des objets trouvés, préfecture de police,
36, rue des Morillons 15th.
Tel.: 01 55 76 20 20.
Opening times: 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
•Office du tourisme
et des congrès de Paris
The main tourist office is located on the Champs-Elysées and is open seven days
a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris:
127, avenue des Champs-Elysées (8th).
Tel.: 08 92 68 31