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Some of the practical information on this page is meant for people not living in France.

Emergency Services | Airports | Banks | Hotels| Money | Museums | Post Office | Prices | Restaurants | Roads | Shopping | Trains | Telephone | Tourism boards

Emergency services

Police emergency number: 17
Fire department: 18
Paramedics: 15
Doctors on call: call the Police station
European urgency : 112
Treatment centre for poisoning cases


Chateauroux Deols "Marcel Dassault"
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 54 60 53 53

Le Mans
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 43 84 00 43

Nantes Atlantique
Nantes Airport (Tel.:00 33 (0)2 40 84 80 00)

Poitiers Biard
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 49 30 04 40

Tours - Val de Loire Airport
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 47 49 37 00 or 00 33 (0)2 47 54 19 46
Fax: 00 33 (0)2 47 42 59 45

Tours and Poitiers:
A low cost airline that believes in making a flyer's experience simple, enjoyable and affordable.


If your credit cards are lost or stolen, call: Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 42 77 11 90
Calculate the latest exchange rate
Visa cards are accepted in all ATMs. There are cash machines available in many locations, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Visa cards are accepted in almost all stores.
Most banks are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Some banks are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Tourism boards

Centre regional tourism board
Pays de la Loire region tourism board
Touraine tourism board
Vienne tourism board
Cher tourism board
Loir-et-Cher tourism board
Loiret tourism board
Indre tourism board
Anjou tourism board
Deux-Sèvres tourism board
Sarthe tourism board
Loire-Atlantique tourism board

Postal addresses of the different departmental Tourist Offices

Hotels - Restaurants

Explanations of ratings, guides, and stars: Hotels - Restaurants


The January 1st 2002, the single currency of the Europe is the Euro.
Official guide of the single currency of Europe (Ministry of Finance  in French).


French National museums are usually closed on Tuesdays, but it is best to check before visiting any museum to make sure there are no bad surprises.

Post office

Post offices are usually open from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, from Monday to Friday, and Saturday morning.
Main post offices are open from 9 am to 7 pm.

Stamps required (2006/2007 prices) to send a 20g letter from France to France : 0,54 euros

For other prices and special services, check the Post Office's web site La Poste.


Prices displayed in stores are inclusive of all taxes.
Tips are not required, and service is always included in restaurants, bars, hotels, gas stations ...

Some prices seen in the Loire Valley (these prices are given as examples):

French baguette: 0,85€
Bottle of Chinon wine: 6€
Bottle of mineral water: 0,60€ 
Coffee, in a café: 2,50€
Coca-Cola, in a café: 3€
Croissant: 1,10€
Sainte-Maure goat cheese: 4,10€
Hamburger: 1,60€
Sandwich: 2,80€

Postcard: 1€
Compact disk: 17€
Gasoline/petrol (1 l leadfree premium): about 1,20€
Newspaper: 0,80€
Book: 20€
Paperback book: 6,10€
Bus ticket: 1,40€
Movie ticket: 8€


The Loire Valley is crossed from north to south by the RN10 Route Nationale and the A10 Autoroute (Orléans - Poitiers) and from east to west by part of the A11 Autoroute (Angers - Nantes). Informations on highway network: Cofiroute
Autoroutes are not free (charges depend on the distance covered)

Speed limits:
Departmental and national roads: 90 km/h
Autoroutes: 130 km/h (110 km in strong rain or fog)

Unless there are road signs clearly indicating the contrary, right of way is always to the right in France.

Distances between the main cities of the region.


Most stores are open from 9 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm.
In addition, more and more stores open on Mondays.
Supermarkets usually stay open later than 7 pm (up to 10 pm).

Prices displayed in stores are inclusive of all taxes.


Information and reservations :
on the Internet www.voyages-sncf.com/
by telephone : 36 35 (from France)

TER, Regional transportation Network


Telephone numbers in France have 10 digits. If you use France Telecom, numbers in Paris and its region begin with 01, the North-west with 02, the North-east with 03, the South-east and Corsica with 04, the South-west and the overseas departements with 05...

Most phone booths use credit card or phone cards that are sold in post offices, tobacconists, newspapers stores, newsstands and in some other stores. They belong to France Telecom only.

To call from foreign countries to France:
00 33
(international code for France) + 9 digits . Do not dial the first digit of the French number 0.
Example: For the French phone number: 02 47 31 79 19
To call it from another country you must dial 00 33 2 47 31 79 19.

To call other countries from France : service in French or service in English.


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