Money and Currency

Currency

Euro. Those traveling to Lourdes from outside Europe should keep in mind notes refer to 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro bills, whereas coins are represented by 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and by 1 and 2 euro coins.

Money exchange

Foreign currency exchange goes without saying in Lourdes, since the town is a major Marian pilgrimage site for people around the world. As expected, banks offer the most convenient rates.

Banks and exchange desks

Overall opening hours: from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. In Lourdes there are some 15 banks and exchange desks.

Communications

Post office (La Poste)

Name:
Post office (La Poste)
Address:
31 Avenue de Maransin, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 42 72 00
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 42 72 03
Website:
www.laposte.fr

Internet connection (WiFi Hotspots)

There are several venues in Lourdes where the Internet connection is possible. These refer to Café de la Gare, Café le Carrefour, [email protected]é, Restaurant Rivierasol, Micro Point Com and Hotel Arcades.

Telephones

In order to make calls to Lourdes, one should first enter the country code (0033 (0)), the town code (562) and then the number.

Emergencies

Centre Hospitalier General

Name:
Centre Hospitalier General
Address:
3, Avenue Alexandre Marqui, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0) 62 42 42 42
Fax:
0033 (0) 62 42 40 57
Website:
www.ch-lourdes.fr

Centre de Dialyse

Name:
Centre de Dialyse
Address:
Route de Bartrès, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 94 26 25
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 94 19 90

Gendarmerie

Name:
Gendarmerie
Address:
59A, Avenue de Sarsan, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 94 66 66
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 94 66 66

Commissariat de Police

Commissariat de Police:
7, Rue Baron Duprat, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 42 72 72
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 94 63 94

Lost and found

Name:
Lourdes Town Hall
Address:
2, Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 94 65 65
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 46 10 36
Website:
www.lourdes.fr

Tourist information offices

Office de Tourisme

Name:
Office de Tourisme
Address:
Place Payramale, BP 17, 65101, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0)5 62 42 77 40
Fax:
0033 (0)5 62 94 60 95
Website:
www.lourdes-infotourisme.com

Lourdes Sanctuaries Information Center

Name
Lourdes Sanctuaries Information Center
Address:
1, Avenue Monseigneur Theas, 65108, Lourdes, France
Telephone:
0033 (0) 5 62 42 78 78
Fax:
0033 (0) 5 62 42 78 77
Website:
fr.lourdes-france.org

Time zone

GMT.

Spoken language

Roughly, French, and the local Hautes-Pyrénées dialect. However, most tourist related venues have staffs able to understand and to speak English, Spanish, Italian, and even German and Dutch.

Electricity

AC 220 volts.

Customs

There are certain restrictions when entering France, Lourdes included. Travelers are not allowed to transport more than 200 cigarettes (or the equivalent value in tobacco), more than 2 litters of wine, more than 50 ml perfume or more than 250 ml eau de toilette. The additional goods they carry should not exceed 175 Euros.

Papers

EU citizens may enter France with an ID card only. Non-EU citizens need additional documents, such as visa.

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