A mythical city....…
Paris is unarguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the capital of France, of art and of fashion.
There are a thousand things to do and see in Paris and however much time you have here, it won’t be enough:
Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, stroll down the Champs Elysées, visit the Louvre, see many shows and exhibitions, or simply wander along the banks of the Seine...read in French in the Tuileries garden, and quite simply take the time to experience the Parisian way of life!
Stepping into this whirlwind that takes you from frenzy to romanticism will leave you with enduring memories. You will be much more proficient in French and you will become aware of your ability to communicate in the language of Molière.
What to do in Paris?
This question is very easy and difficult to answer because in Paris, it depends on your desires and your aspirations, and how long you are staying.
Before deciding on a schedule for your stay, you will have to ask yourself which things are a must for you.
Is your priority to explore the city? If so, we advise you to check out well-known guides such as Le guide du routard or the Lonely Planet, which provide optimized self-guided tours ranging from 1 to several days, enabling you to take in all the must-see sights in a short amount of time.
You can also use the Paris l’Open Tour (tour buses) which cover four routes across the capital all day with commentary in 8 languages. From 9.30 am to 6.30 pm they travel between many stops, picking up and dropping off every 10 to 25 minutes.
Otherwise, you can always do what takes your fancy and simply explore the town on foot, or climb aboard one of the legendary “bateaux-mouches” which offer a magnificent view of the city from the Seine. Read more
If so, we advise you to check out prices and opening times and see if fast-track passes are available on museum websites.
The same goes for monuments, and particularly the Eiffel Tower which is the most visited site in France so you will need to book your tickets in advance.
For information, the monument pass, distributed by the Paris tourist office and valid for multiple entries over a number of days, offers attractive prices:
Do you want to see a show or concert during your stay?
If you do, you will need to check Pariscope for the dates of your stay and also book tickets in advance for the events you want to go to.
We strongly recommend that you take in a show or concert during your stay. It is a good way of immersing yourself in French culture. Regardless of your proficiency, at least one of the countless events on offer will be suitable.
In sum, Paris has no shortage of activities. The difficulty lies in making a choice...what matters is knowing what you want to do...from there making it happen will be easy!
Getting around Paris
Upon arriving at the airport or train station you will have access to a very good public transport network as well as Parisian taxis and a large number of private car services (such as Uber).
Within Paris itself you will have access to :
- Métro (subway), RER (regional train network) and trams: with almost 400 stations, the Parisian métro is one of the most practical means of transport. RER trains operate from 6 am to 12.30 am and métros from 5.30 am to 1.15 am and until 2.15 am on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.
- Buses: Ile-de-France is criss-crossed by almost 300 lines. Buses operate from 7 am to 8.30 pm.
- Bus Noctilien (night bus): these buses take over from the métros and RERs from 12.30 am to 5.30 am.
What's the weather like in Paris?
The Parisian climate is moderate with winters that are not too cold with maximum temperatures of around 8 ° C and hot summers with temperatures of around 25 ° C. Rain is frequent all year long.
Average temperatures :
- Winter 4-8 °C (39-49 °F)
- Spring 10-17 °C (50-62 °F)
- Summer 16-19 °C (60-66 °F)
- Autumn 12-5 °C (53-41 °F)
What do things cost?
Your budget will obviously depend on what you have planned on doing, but you will find below some average prices to give you an idea of what you can expect to spend.
- 1.90 € a metro ticket (€14.90 a book of 10 tickets)
- 2 € for an espresso
- 6 € pour un sandwich
- 15 € for a dish of the day
- 9 € for a cinema ticket
- 30/60€ a theater ticket.