Bank account

Opening a bank account is one of the first things you will have to do when moving to France. In order to get it, you need your card ID or passport, job contract and proof of domicile. There are few banks that accept a temporary address.

Find below some useful information:

Main national banks: BNP Paribas, CIC, Société Générale, La Banque Postale (post office bank)

Regional banks: Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole, Crédit Mutuel, Crédit du Nord 

International banks: HSBC, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Santander

On-line banks: Boursorama, ING Direct, Hello Bank, Fortuneo

Opening hours: from 08:30-09:00 to 17:00-17:30 except lunch time, closed on Monday and Sunday, open on Saturday until 12:00-13:00. 

Common payment methods in France: cash, card and cheque.

Money withdrawing: the times you can withdraw money for free from another bank’s ATM depends on your bank.

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