HSBC Bank in France

Jun 1st, 2000, 03:47 AM
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Karen
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HSBC Bank in France

Has anyone seen HSBC banks in Paris? My accounts are with them here in NY, and they say they are in France, but no one has a location guide to confirm this. They keep reassuring me that I can use my ATM card, without any fees, at the CDG airport and thruout France, as long as I go to the HSBC ones. I would appreciate hearing from recent travelers. Thank you!
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 04:29 AM
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Karen
What atm network does HSBC belong to?
Plus? Cirrus? I believe that is the key issue. As long as any atm in any country displays the logo for the same network that you home bank belongs to, your atm card should be accepted. It is true that individual atms or banks may charge fees for withdrawals. Your own bank should be able to get you a list of locations in France if they have branches there, to avoid fees.
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 04:34 AM
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Hi
I should have added, check your bank's website
www.hsbc.com
they do indeed have a presence in France, perhaps the website can give you atm info.
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 05:09 AM
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Elaine, thanks for the quick reply.... I have checked the web site and asked the local bank branch for specific info & it isn't available. That's why I'm hoping someone on this board may have seen HSBC while in the airport/Paris/other areas of France. Yes, it is a NYCE & Cirrus card, but HSBC reccomends going to their own machines to avoid any fees. I'm a frugal traveler & hope to save in any way I can!
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 06:55 AM
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I don't remember ever seeing HSBC in Paris; they only have three offices, which doesn't bode well for ATMs.

If you wait until mid-July, when they merge/takeover CCF, you'll have a plethora of ATMs from which to choose.

 
Jun 1st, 2000, 07:07 AM
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Elvira- We arrive on July 14...
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 09:04 AM
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I looked up the ATMs through the Mastercard website and didn't see any listed. When you look at the HSBC website they do give some contact info for Paris. They list telephone numbers and fax numbers, is it possible for you to fax them asking for ATM locations? Just a thought maybe you already know this and its not possible.
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 09:14 AM
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Hi

me again sorry it just occured to me hey why don't i call the HSBC here in Vancouver, Canada where i live see if they have any info.

The receptionist had a book that listed all branches in the world and this is what she had for Paris.

20 Bis Ave.
Rapp 75332
Paris
Cedex 07

telephone 331 442 7000
fax 331 4442 7381

hope this helps
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 09:26 AM
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Hi Karen
I don't know if you have your Paris map yet, so I'll tell you that ave.Rapp
runs near the Eiffel Tower, between the Pont l'Alma (a bridge, and a metro station of the same name), and Parc Champ de Mars. Depending on where you are staying, this may or may not be convenient.
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 12:13 PM
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Your network (Cirrus, Plus, etc) doesn't determine fees, just if you can use your card. You might consider the fact that unless your bank has some outrageous ATM fee unlike any I've heard, you would spend more in transportation costs and the value of your time (not to mention lost vacation time which is irreplaceable) traveling all over Paris trying to find a HCBC ATm to avoid a fee of a dollar or two. Don't you value your time in any way?
 
Jun 1st, 2000, 12:29 PM
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I agree with Christina. My bank here in Texas is online with Pulse, Cirrus and Maestro. The bank (Bank United) charges 1.25USD for each transaction, not a lot when a Metro ticket from the carnet is .80USD.
 
Jun 2nd, 2000, 05:08 AM
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As long as you make large withdraws, $250 - $300 at a time the savings you get due to a good exchange rate will pay for the $1.25 fee.
 

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