ATMs are found throughout Chartres. There is usually an English option. With your pin number you can withdraw cash. Fees may be added.
Wifi is becoming more commonplace throughout Chartres. It is available at the Café Serpente and other cafés near the cathedral.. Ask your server if wifi (pronounced wee-fee) is available. If it is, you will probably also need to ask for a code.
Pharmacies are marked with a neon green cross. They are generally open from 8h00 or 9h00 until 19h00 or 20h00 from Monday-Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. French law requires that there be one pharmacy open in Chartres 24 hours a day. Call the police station to find out which one it is.
Post Office (02-37-27-40-68)
Tourist Office in Chartres 02-37-21-50-00.
The tourist office is located in the Maison de Saumon, a beautiful timbered building that can be found to the south of the cathedral (one block back). It is generally open from 9h00 until 19h00 M-Sat and 9h30 to 17h30 on Sunday. There is usually someone who speaks English. Staff are very helpful and have lots of great literature as well as items for sale. You can rent an audio-tour for the cathedral or the village.
You don’t need to be fluent to try to use that French you learned years ago! Think how much you appreciate it when those visiting your town use English. Here are a few phrases that might come in handy.
Bonjour (Madame or Monsieur) (Bone jewer)
Bonsoir in the evening (Bone swaar)
Merci (Mare see)
Au revoir (O-rr-voir)
Do you speak English?
Parlez-vous Anglais? (Parl ay voo on glay?)
Where are the bathrooms?
Ou sont les toilettes? (Oo sone lay twa let?)
I would like the check
L’addition s’il vous plait. (La dees ee own…)