Planning a trip to Paris? Here are our travel tips, our
travel advice or recommendations to avoid a disappointing vacation experience: Places to stay or to
eat, things to do and places to see, safety, transportation, weather, ... All
the things you should know before you pack your bag.
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Here are our travel tips to make your stay
Getting from/to the airport
Depending on where you're coming from, you will either
land at Roissy de Gaulle airport, Orly airport or Beauvais. Here is our guide to
airport ground transportation services for each airport location:
Roissy airport -
Orly airport -
Where to stay
Paris is divided into 20 districts called
"arrondissements" that spiral out from the very center of the city in a
snail-shell pattern. The best places to stay are located in the historic center
meaning the districts numbered from 1 to 9 and 11. Compared to US standards,
hotels are quite small and usually offer smaller rooms, smaller bedrooms and
smaller beds. If your stay exceeds a week renting an apartment may be a good
option. See our selection of
hotels and information about
apartment rental in Paris.
Places to see
Paris has a very rich history, which goes back to 2000
years. The city center boasts many oustanding historic landmarks or monuments.
The best when visiting Paris is to discover the city by foot and to stroll the
streets with a good map in hand. Here is our guide to
places to see.
Things to do
Many tourists planning a trip to Paris wonder about what
they should see or do during their stay in the city of lights... Here is our
guide to things to do.
Transport in Paris
Paris is a large city with an extensive public
transportation network. Here is our comprehensive guide to transport in Paris
covering metro, train and
airport shuttle ...
Striking can be seen from abroad like a French national
sport. And many tourists visiting the country may be under the impression that
the French are always on strike. Please read our tips about what to do to
minimise the impact of a
or airport strike in Paris.
Is Paris safe? Yes the city is
considered as quite safe by most parisians or tourists. However visitors should
be particularly vigilant of pickpockets as many operate close to tourists spots
like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees Avenue, Montmartre hill... Pick pockets
usually work in small groups. When one is trying to distract attention
another one is picking pockets. In any case travellers shouldn't leave their
belongings unattended and try to minimize access to their pockets or purses.
Central Paris is safe at night and subway too... But try to avoid northern and
eastern suburbs that are said to be dangerous at night.
Weather: When is the best time to visit Paris?
Every season has its own charm and its own advantages (and
Spring: The weather may be quite capricious in April and May however
spring is a good season to discover Paris... Pavement cafes come to life and
tourists streets are crowded.
Summer: The weather is usually good in
July and August. No convention or fair takes place during summer in Paris and
hotels prices are reasonable on the right bank of the Seine river. If your
interest lies in gastronomy please note that many restaurants are closed in
Fall: The weather may be quite uncertain and temperatures drop
at night however fall is a good season to visit Paris. Many art exhibitions,
trade shows and events take place in September and October and it is wise to
book your stay in advance...
Winter: The weather is usually rainy and
the sky cloudy - Snow is rare. December is a nice month to visit the city if you
like the Christmas shopping frenzy and January is the month winter sales kick
off. Winter is the low season is Paris and hotels prices are usually reasonable.