Paris

Paris, a city of style, love and light renowned for perpetual grandeur. Characterised by the classical yet vivacious boulevards lined with rich culture, chic boutiques and elegant bistros.

Experience the glory of the world’s most prominent heritage landmarks while relaxing in the true Parisian way. Set in the serene river Seine at the heart of the Ille de France region, Paris radiates out like a star.

Beauty never ceases in Paris where the language, culture and people invite all from around the world into the world of the French. As if setting foot into a beautiful postcard, Paris is never short of its scenery.

Paris’ title as the world’s most visited city is well deserved because of its enchantment which makes all its visitors reluctant to leave. The 20 arrondissements that divide Paris all add to its paramount charisma.

Paris’ predecessor that led Paris to a path of prosperity and fame was the settlement known as Lutetia which is similar to the several other European cities established by the Romans.

It’s hard to know where to start in Paris with an experience of a lifetime around in every corner, but few can rival the patriotism and rich historical significance of the Arc de Triomphe. This commanding arch stands at the heart of Paris where all can admire its status.

Like a journey of time, the Avenue de Grande Armée has the magnificent splendour of the past and the contemporary, innovative world of the future in the form of the Arc de Triomphe and the Grande Arche à la Defense. La defense is in the refreshingly modern district of Paris and is the 20th century version of Arc de Triomphe and acts as the economic powerhouse of business.

However, the opposite direction of the avenue takes you to Champs Elysees which is the grandest boulevard that reveals the true exquisiteness of Paris. The flamboyant avenue is where you’ll experience life, the Parisian way.

At the end of the avenue transforms into what is the largest square in Paris. At its centre is the unfamiliar giant Egyptian obelisk adorned with hieroglyphics exalting the reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II which was gifted by the Egyptian government. This ancient masterpiece is an example of the cultural diversity that is present without replacing the native one.

While the charming lanes and buildings that snake through Paris is hard to resist but the Tuileries garden is a sight not to miss. Designed by Catherine de Medici, the Tuileries gardens certainly has that royal touch with the abundance of flowers, fountains and sculptures.

Just a stone’s throw away leads to standing in awe at the entrance of the intricate flawlessness of the Louvre.

The Notre dame cathedral is an encounter with both childhood and divine. The cathedral became popular after the release of so-called fairy tale – The hunchback of Notre Dame

While Paris on the surface maybe cheerful and merry, Paris underground tells a different story. The catacombs of Paris set a perspective unknown before. The labyrinth set underground are there for the most daring of visitors. The sign above the entrance describes this so well ‘Halt, this is the realm of the dead’.

Contrary to the subterranean, is the views of a lifetime which can be found in no other than the illustrious Eiffel tower.

While on the river bank there is nothing better to do than to cruise effortlessly down the river like so many before you.

During your angelic cruise you can’t help not to notice a gorgeous bridge of all. The most ornate bridge in Paris is the Alexander III bridge, where the most exquisite palaces and museums are laced with.

All lovers unite at sunset on the lock bridge forever holding the everlasting bond in padlocks as far as the eye can see.

Moulin Rouge show entertaining audiences around the world over a century is a must attraction and Parc Asterix is a definite pleaser for young adults who need a bit of adrenaline rush.

Don’t stop at the borders of Paris, theme parks, winery tours and palaces are a sight to behold. From the magical Disneyland to the extensive and luxurious Chateau de Versailles, Paris has it all.

This is just an appetiser of the most delicious adventure yet.

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre Dame
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Louvre Museum
  • Eiffel tower
  • Pantheon
  • Egyptian Luxor Obelisk - 3000yr old
  • Champs Elysees leading to Arc de Triomphe
  • Entrance to Tuileries Garden
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Pont Alexandre III Bridge
  • Cruise entering the oldest bridge Pont Neuf
  • Gare de L'est station
  • Gare du Nord station
  • High court
  • Hôtel national des Invalides
  • Typical French city intersection
  • Museum Orsay
  • Louis Vuiton-Paris
  • Palais Garnier
  • Disneyland Parade
  • Parc Asterix

Airport information

Paris has two major airports namely Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Charles de Gaulle airport is the largest international airport in France and one of the busiest airports in Europe, located 25km north-east of Paris city centre.

CDG has 3 terminals, located in the order of 1, 3 and 2. CDGVAl is a free light rail shuttle service used for passenger transfer between terminals and to remote car parks.

Terminal 3 is a single hall terminal used for low-cost and charter flights. The RER train station is close by.

Terminal 1 is the main and oldest building with an impressive circular construction operating from 1974. Terminal 2 has multiple sub-terminals from 2A to 2F.

RER (Regional Express train) and TGV(high-speed long distance train service) rail stations are located in terminal 2(between 2c and 2F). Catching RER B(Blue line) is the most cost way to get to Paris with the travel time of approximately 40min. Services are from 5am to midnight and fewer services during off-peak, weekends and public holidays.

Alternatively, whether you are arriving at CDG or Orly, you can use our recommended arrival Airport Shuttle services to your hotel; roundtrip transfer from and to CDG or Orly airports; Paris central railway station to your hotel or Private transfer for a more convenient way to get to the hotel.

Orly(ORY) is the original French international airport before CDG was constructed. Orly international airport is located approximately 15km south of central Paris.

Orly has two terminals South and West handling around 30million passengers a year, mostly low-cost airlines. Orly has RER B and RER C train services, Bus line 1, orlybus and other coaches connecting to central Paris. South and West terminals are connected by free car park shuttle.

 

Transport

Paris has a well-developed train network. The Metro has 16 train lines covering zones 1 and 2 within central Paris.

RER A (Red) B(Blue), C(Yellow), D(Green), E(Pink), are regional express train lines connecting central Paris to surrounding suburbs. The cost of travelling on RER is higher than Metro and is relatively faster around the city and has fewer stops.

Express trains between regions and countries are TGV, TER, Thalys, Eurostar etc.

RATP route planner offers the quickest and fastest to go from one place to another through various modes of transport with necessary connections with total travel time.

One of the cheaper and easier options for a ticket is the PARIS VISITE card. The cards allow unrestricted access to all public transport when you are in France and the cost will be calculated accordingly.

However, the PASSE NAVIGO or the CARTE ORANGE are the best value for money if you’re using the transport a lot but are restrictive. These are for purchase at all stations.

Another way to travel the city is by bus where you enjoy the sites in a seat. Paris is easily navigable by bus, however, knowing where the stop is the challenge.

For a unique and straightforward way to get around the city, you could try the batobus which is a boat that stops around major attractions.

For taxis, hire only trusted services – Les Taxis Bleus, Taxi G7, Alpha Taxis, G7 Horizon, and ABC Taxis 93.

Double-decker trains are also fascinating.

Hop on hop off bus is the best way to get around within the city, these buses are fitted with language friendly earphone system.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

Prepaid Phone & SIM card

Once you arrive at the airport, it is a smart choice to purchase pre-paid mobile sim card at the news agency. “Orange” is good but specify the time duration of your travel.  Getting around with google maps is a good navigation choice. Keep an eye out for free Wi-Fi.

For your convenience and ease, you can source an International SIM card that will work for over 190 countries with no contract, well before you land in Paris.

If you are a frequent traveller, you can go for an International mobile phone plus phone number for life with no contract for use over 190 countries.

Lockers & luggage storage

Most hotels, major train stations and the CDG terminal 1 & 2 has this facility.

Major railway stations like Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse have left-luggage services available to the public.

Prices are charged depending on the size of the locker, and the luggage can be left for a maximum of 72 hrs. They are open from 6.30am to 10.45pm.

Some theme parks like Disneyland and Parc Asterix have luggage rooms.

Visitor Information Centre

Paris visitor information centres are located at

  1. Office of Tourism and Congress of Paris: 25 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France. To get there you can use 1st – Metro: Pyramides – RER: Auber (line A). Metro: Pyramides (line 7-14). From May 2 to October 31: open every day from 9am to 7pm. From November 1st to April 30th: open daily from 10am to 7pm. Closed on May 1st. Phone no.:+33 149 524263.
  2. Point d’accueil – Paris Meeting point, 29, rue de Rivoli, paris. To get there you can use RER: Chatelet Les Halles (line A and B) – Metro: Chatelet (line 4) – Autolib: Saint Gervais – Velib station: stations 4016, 4103, 4017, 4018 – Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm
  3. Bulle reception in the Gare du Nord, 18, rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris. To get there you can use (Gare du Nord “Gare du Nord” (lines B and D) – Subway: Gare du Nord (lines 4 and 5)). Open: 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1.

There are also visitor information centres at Gare de l’Est, Antwerp – Montmartre, Carrousel du Louvre.

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Weather

Being in the western part of Europe, Paris enjoys a temperate climate and its outskirts are slightly colder. Average temperature range is around 5°C (41°F) during winter and 20°C (68°F) in summer.

Dec-Jan are the coldest months accompanied by cold winds, and Jul-Aug are the hottest months which is correlating to winter and summer seasons.

Spring is the driest season in  Paris, that is from mid-March to mid-June. You notice green shoots and blooming flowers indicating high season is around the corner.

June is warm, dry and sunny with an average temperature around 19°C. July and August are the season Paris truly bathes in the sunshine.

Paris is known for its changeable weather. With frequent showers, sun, then chilly spells tend to pass just as quickly as they arrive, so carrying an umbrella and/or raincoat would help.

Best time to travel

Deciding when to go to Paris is crucial to your experience. In spring, Paris has stunning weather, and you will see the colour and people of Paris, but the downside is prices start to escalate so as the length of queues.  

In summer, Paris has clement weather. Remember, Paris is the world’s most-visited city and in summer so many tourists visit and endless queues in front of attractions are sometimes daunting. Another downside in summer is that prices are at its peak.

The days are longer so as the opening times of museums and attractions. Activities and actions are at its peak in beaches, parks, theatres and everywhere.

In autumn, for some people Paris is at its best, prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is good. However, days are the slightly shorter, and it can be colder and you can experience Paris at a slower pace.

In winter, Paris is entirely different which exhibits a lively night life. However, days are quite short and bitterly cold.  If you don’t mind the cold too much and you’re looking to save some cash, winter in Paris is probably your best choice.

Christmas in Paris is always a special treat with sparkling lights and a cheerful sense in the air. Prices rise, during Christmas season.

Food

Paris is hall-marked as one of the world’s gastronomic capitals. You find stunning array of fine-dining restaurants everywhere in Paris. Why not try very own French escargot for an appetizer to Foie gras for the main and a delicious crepe to end with.

Parisian’s patisseries are the world’s best art creations of pastries so far, download Paris Pastry app from iTunes for pastries, bread, brioche, macaron, croissants, hot Choco, etc. is a useful tool with over 350 addresses.

For basic and quick on the go meals stick to Paul sandwiches and bread rolls which is basically located everywhere. Breakfast deals from some hotels could be deceiving, and you might end up paying hidden costs. Food is expensive near attractions.

Dangers, Warnings, safety tips & theft

    • Pickpocketing and group theft are very common. Have a tight grip on your belonging especially while travelling in public transport (during door open and close times). Museums are reputed for pickpocketing. Keep your backpack on you (sometimes in front) or in between your legs at all time. Wallet not in your back pocket. Keep your hand wrapped around the phone. Having your cameras around your neck is a good idea. Be attentive while photographing. Keep money in different pockets in the handbag or jacket. Don’t listen to a stranger when you are buying a ticket or withdrawing money. Pick-pocketers use many tricks – ask you to fill a survey, form, fake petition signing, try to sell something, take photos or even ask directions.
    • Beware of alleyways at night especially while alone.
    • Food and drinks is especially expensive near tourist attractions.
    • Find accommodation close to Metro stations to avoid long walks as most of the attractions will have a Metro station nearby.
    • It’s not unusual to be crammed up like a pack or sardines in a typical Parisian metro during peak hours.
    • Transport services can be cancelled time to time.
    •  It is not uncommon to see fare evaders using public transport.
    • Paris can go through staff and other strikes, however, in most cases the tickets for attractions are non-refundable.
    • The non-flash photography is allowed in most attractions.
    • Customer service at attractions are comparatively not so high, given the volume of visitors come to Paris, including the police receiving numerous pickpocket complaints.
    • In some attractions, opening times are not taken seriously.
    • Make sure to carry a battery bank if you choose to access your phone often.
    • English is spoken is Disneyland and other popular attractions. You might find Parisians reluctant to speak in English. Google translator is a useful tool to be used in suburban Paris.
    • Parisians enjoy smoking comparatively more than other nationals.
    • Traffic on the road is to an extent it is disorganised
    • Good pair of shoes is a must as there is a lot of walking in Paris
    • In Paris always go for reputable taxis, private taxis hired from attractions or hotels can be tricky, charges start from the moment you call them, they can be as far as 20min away.
    • Due to various security threats in Paris, some services that are usually available to public is closed temperarily or permanantly. Check before with service staff before your trip.

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