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Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

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Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Hi, Everyone - Just got back from my 3rd trip to Paris in 2 years. Still consider myself a newbie and have just scratched the surface.

I just wanted to let anyone who has questions about credit card and money logistics how it went for me this time...

We took 150 euro with us (saved from our last trip). When we needed cash, we used our debit card in the ATM. Insert your card, then it asks which language you prefer and you can take it from there. If your card won't go into the machine, turn it around the other way.

We were able to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred in the metro ticket machines. The Metro ticket machines have a language choice option, so were a piece of cake to use.

The taxi cost about 70 euro from CDG to Metro Pasteur in the 15th where we stayed. Cost us about 15 euro to get from the 15th to Opera Bastille, Opera Garnier, Salle Pleyel and those neighborhoods.

None of the taxis we took accepted credit cards - they were cash only, including the G7 taxis.

They all used GPSes. So if you give them exact address where you are going, they key it in and you can watch where they are going. I didn't feel like we got ripped off.

Personally, I would take a taxi from the airport into the city. The taxi rank is marshalled. If the car is smaller than fits your baggage, you just wait until a larger car shows up. It doesn't take long...

We used the credit card almost exclusively at the Monoprix and Casino stores, all the restaurants and museums, too. The only place we used cash was at the marche on Bd Raspail.

This was my experience... Hope it helps!

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1. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Thanks for the information - always a hot topic on TA. Glad you enjoyed your trip, too!

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I believe that your credit card is a chip and signature card. The bank information is contained entirely within the card´s visible chip and it is this end that must be inserted into the kiosk. Most métro kiosks will accept payment from a chip and signature card. Occasionally, a pin (which you don´t have) will be required to complete a purchase. Still, a chip and signature card is far better than a magnetic strip only card.

Taxi G7 advertises that 100% of their taxis accept bank cards. There is however a 15€ minimum. A fare of about 15€ may not have met this minimum transaction amount requirement. 70€ is very high for a CDG taxi, even for the 15th. Just curious but at what time did you depart CDG?

I have quit shopping at the Raspail market. It has become famous with visitors because Ina Garten writes about shopping there (her apartment is nearby), but it´s very cramped and I believe its vendors ask more for the same goods than they do at Saxe Breteuil. I also really like the market on blvd de Grenelle, it´s worth the short métro ride.

Saint Paul...
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3. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Yes, to clarify, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a chip and sig card. There aren't too many available in the states right now, so paying by card is always a concern on this forum. I just wanted to let the USA newbies like myself know that this card does work in the metro ticket machines.

We were actually going to go to the Saxe Bretueil market, but the day we wanted to go was a holiday and we couldn't find it. We happened on the Raspail market coming out of the metro, so decided to have a look.

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4. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Did you happen to try the card in any of the SNCF ticket machines for the RER or long distance trains (as opposed to the Metro kiosks?)

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5. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

We ordered a G7 taxi to go from Paris to CDG some weeks ago - card was accepted.

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6. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Thanks Elizabeth!!

We leave for our London & Paris trip in 3 weeks! :D.

... Yes, we are excited!!!

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7. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

Thank you for sharing this info.

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I have a Chase chip and signature card that we used everywhere we went; restaurants, shopping, entrance fees. One time I was asked to enter my pin which I had set up before leaving, and on reviewing my charges earlier this morning see that showed up as a charge, not as a cash advance. We used the credit card to recharge our Navigo cards twice in automated machines, Thursday morning on our arrival for the first four days and in the entrance to the Victor Hugo metro station Sunday afternoon for the second week. Simple, painless and easy.

I used my Bank of America debit card to withdraw cash from BNP ATMs twice. I realize I paid 3% international fee, but I avoided the $5 additional 'not in the system' bank charge. I downloaded SPOT, the BNP ATM locator app before we left and it was helpful, although there seems to be a BNP on every corner.

We took the train into the city on our arrival but arranged a taxi to the airport on departure. It picked us up at the hotel at 9pm on a Sunday and dropped us at the airport Hilton. Charge was 50 Euro plus 4 Euro for the bags. The meter was at about 52 as we were approaching the airport Sheraton and the driver realized he'd gone to the wrong hotel so told us he would charge us 50. This was a G7 cab and he took Visa.

We arrived with a 20 Euro note, left with a 20 Euro note and spent every cent we withdrew from the ATMs. I did see minimum credit charges at a few places and we either exceeded the minimum or paid cash. The only time we tried to use the card and someone would not take it was a vendor selling scarves at the Bastille market Sunday afternoon, so I paid cash. (Di bought a lot of scarves.)

I did constantly try to spend the coins as they weighted down my pockets. One morning in the hotel I took 4 - 5 cent coins, 6 - 10 cent coins and a 20 cent coin to the front desk, and the clerk took a 1 Euro out of his pocket and made the exchange personally. Twice when struggling to pay with the correct coins in stores the clerks helped me decipher which ones I needed as I was holding them in the palm of my hand.

All in all we had no difficulty with money transactions anywhere we went. This was our third trip too, so we have it figured out pretty well. Now if only the exchange rate was better...

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9. Re: Trip Report: Chip and Signature Cards/Money Logistics

CaptainPlanIt

Thanks for the good Information. I have a couple of questions:

1. What Chase card do you have?

2. How did you set-up the PIN?

3. Did the Kiosks at the Metro require a PIN?

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I have a Citi card that is affiliated with Hilton hotels. Not sure what other designation it has.

When I called Citi to alert them I was going abroad the rep caused a random four digit pin to be generated and mailed to me. Once I received the letter with the pin I followed the instructions and called an automated line to change the pin to a number of my own choosing.

The metro kiosks, to the best of my recollection, did not need the pin. As best I recall I only used the pin once.