Hours of Operation
Bank hours vary from branch to branch, but are generally weekdays 8:30 to 4. Most take a one-hour, or even a 90-minute, lunch break around noon.
Gas stations on the autoroutes are generally open 24 hours. In towns, gas stations close at 8 pm, with the occasional station staying open until 10 pm. Outside the city centers, most stations are closed on Sunday.
Museum hours are somewhat lax in the south, with seasonal variations and a tendency to change slightly and often. Usual opening times are from 9:30 or 10 to 5 or 6, but many close for lunch (noon–2). To allow for long terrace lunches and an afternoon lag in business due to beach time, the lunch hour may be even longer in summer, with some later evening hours to compensate. Most museums are closed one day a week (generally Monday or Tuesday) and on national holidays: check museum hours before you go.
Large stores in big towns in the South of France are open from 9 or 9:30 until 7 or 8. Smaller shops often open earlier (8 am) and close later (8 pm) but take a lengthy lunch break (1 to 4 or 4:30). Corner groceries frequently stay open until around 10 pm. Market days vary from town to town, but stalls generally close by about 1 pm.