How much money do I need when travelling to France?

Planning a budget for a trip to France can be a bit daunting. To assist you in working out how much money you’ll need, we’ve gathered together some average prices for everyday items. Please bear in mind that these prices are based on costs in Bordeaux in March 2015.

  • Restaurant inexpensive, one course €8 – €9 each – often better value to have the ‘menu’ set price for 2 or three courses.
  • Restaurant mid-range 3 courses – again most restaurants will have set menus at different prices ranging from €12 pp to €30 pp
  • Cup of coffee – c.€1.50 – €2 Cappuccino c.€3
  • Bottle of water from supermarket – 1.5Ltr 0.40c – €1 – depending on the brand/quality.
  • Beer in a bar – normal size 25cl about €3.50.
  • Beer from Supermarket – range from €1.80 – €4 per litre depending on the brand.
  • Wine from Supermarket – €7-€10 for a good wine, €3-€4 for an ok wine
  • Milk – 1 L about €1.50
  • Baguette – 0.75c to €1.50
  • Cheese – ranging in price from €15 – €50 per kilo – average about €30 per kilo
  • Apples – currently around €2 per kilo
  • Tomatoes – currently around €2.50 –
  • Cigarettes – around €5.80 say €6 for 20
  • Petrol – currently €1.65 per litre and rising
  • Diesel – €1.45 per litre
  • Cinema – €8 pp
  • McDonalds – €6-ish for Big Mac
  • Takeout pizza medium c.€15
  • Cooked chicken in supermarket €6

Lunchtime offers – often see Panini/Sandwich and soft drink/water and dessert (little cake) for about €5-€6
If you’re focusing on a driving holiday in France, remember that the tolls on motorways/autoroutes can add a lot to the cost of a journey eg the motorway from Bordeaux to the Pyrennees is around €30-ish each way. There is still the option of taking the national toll-free roads which a lot of tourists enjoy. (don’t do it if you have small kids in the car, the road can be pretty boring with a lot of roundabouts )