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Learn before you go

  • Plugs have two or three round prongs
  • Power sockets are type C and E
  • Standard voltage is 230V & 50 Hz
Driving Rules
  • Drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers (front and back)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited
  • You should always carry a red warning triangle and the fluorescent waistcoats
Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 Km/h (80 mph)
Dual carriageways: 110 Km/h (70 mph)
National roads: 80 Km/h (50 mph)
Urban areas: 50 Km/h (30 mph)

Opening times

Monday-Saturday (9am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm)
Monday-Saturday (9am – 11pm)
Post offices
Monday-Friday (8.30am -5pm)
Monday-Friday (8.30am – 7.300pm)
Monday-Friday (8am – 4pm)

Entry requirements
  • France a Schengen area country
  • Passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area
  • Two pages required for entry stamp
  • Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period
  • You may be asked for proof of sufficient funds and/or a return plane ticket
  • Exchange restrictions on entry or exit set at 10,000 euros or equivalent
Weather Seasons

Spring (March to May)
Most pleasant season with mild weather.

Summer (June to August)
Warm weather with average daily highs of 77°F (25°C).

Fall (September to November)
Mild weather with cooler temperatures.

Winter (December to February)
Cooler weather with average daily highs of 46°F (8°C).

Average temperatures

Minimum / Maximum (°C|°F)

Dec – Feb (3°/8° | 37°/46°)
Mar – May (5°/20° | 41°/68°)
Jun – Aug (14°/25° | 57°/77°)
Sep – Nov (10°/25° | 50°/77°)

Cost Seasons

High Season
June – August
Christmas, New Year and Easter

Shoulder Season
April-May & September-November

Low Season
November – February

Airplane Tickets & accommodation
The cheapest months to visit Paris for flights and accommodation are usually from January  to April and October  to mid December . The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Paris is usually mid-January

Public Holidays

January 1st: New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)
April 10th: Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
May 1st: Labor Day (Fête du Travail)
May 8th: Victory in Europe Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
May 25th: Ascension Day (l’Ascension)
June 5th: Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
July 14th: Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
August 15th: Assumption Day (l’Assomption)
November 1st: All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint)
November 11th: Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
December 25th: Christmas Day (Noël)

By Plane

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): Main international airport serving Paris. Located 25 kilometers northeast of the city center.
  • Orly Airport (ORY): Second largest. Located 14 kilometers south of the city center.
  • Beauvais Tillé Airport (BVA): Smaller airport located 68 kilometers north of Paris. Mainly used by low-cost airlines.

By Train

  • The Eurostar: High-speed train service. Connects London to Paris in 2 hours and 16 minutes.
  • The TGV: High-speed train service. Connects Paris to many other cities in France and Europe.
  • The TER: Regional train service. Connects Paris to smaller towns and villages in France.

By Car

  • Around 780 kilometers from London (about 8 hours drive)
  • Around 600 kilometers from Berlin (about 7 hours drive)
  • Around 900 kilometers from Rome (about 11 hours drive)

By Bus

  • There are several bus companies that offer direct bus services to Paris from many cities in Europe.
  • The journey time varies depending on the departure city, but it typically takes between 8 and 12 hours.

By Boat

  • There are several cruise lines that offer cruises to Paris from various ports in Europe.

RER B train

  • Fastest and cheapest way from CDG to Paris city centre
  • Train runs every 10-15 minutes on weekdays
  • Journey duration: 30 minutes
  • Single ticket costs €11,45
  • RER B stations at Paris-CDG airport:”Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1″ station (Terminals 1 and 3) and “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV” station (Terminal 2)
  • RER B stations at Paris: Paris-Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Palais-Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire

TGV train

  • High-speed train with direct service to Paris city centre from CDG
  • Journey duration: 20 minutes
  • The train runs every 30 minutes
  • Single ticket cost around €20
  • TGV station at Paris-CDG airport: “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV” station (Terminal 2)
  • TGV stations at Paris: Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, Gare de l’Est, Gare Montparnasse


  • Direct bus CDG Airport <> Paris city centre
  • Runs every 15 to 30 minutes
  • About 60 minutes ride to city centre
  • Single ticket costs €16,20
  • RoissyBus stops at Paris-CDG airport: Terminal 1 – Terminal 3 – Terminal 2AC – Terminal 2D – Terminal 2EF.
  • RoissyBus stops at Paris: Paris-Opéra (Corner of “rue Scribe” and “rue Auber”)

Taxi & similar services

Taxi rates (Approximate)
CGD airport <> Paris “right bank”: 55 euros
CGD airport <> Paris “left bank”: 60 euros
CGD airport <> Paris Disneyland: 75-90 euros

Taxis CGD locations
Terminal 1: exit 24 on the arrivals level
Terminal 2A: exit 6
Terminal 2C: exit 14
Terminal 2D: exit 7
Terminal 2E: gate 10 on the arrivals level
Terminal 2F: gate 11 ont the arrivals level
Terminal 3: exit of the arrivals hall
Terminal 2G: blue gate

Private Transfer

  • Cost about €70-90 (by car)
  • Journey duration: 30-45 minutes


  • Journey duration: 30 minutes
  • Journey price: 11.20€
  • Frequency: every 10 to 15 minutes
  • OrlyBus stops at Paris-Orly: bus station Orly 1, 2, 3 (From/To Paris), bus station Orly 4 (To Paris)
  • OrlyBus stops at Paris: “place Denfert-Rochereau” with connection to train RER B or metro lines 4 and 6

OrlyVal + RER B

  • Journey duration: 25 to 35 minutes (RER) + 2-6 minutes (OrlyVal)
  • Journey price (OrlyVal + RER B ): €14.10

Orly airport <> Disneyland Paris Shuttle

  • Journey price: €24 (adult), € 11 (children)
  • Frequency: Every 30 min
  • OrlyBus stops at Paris-Orly: Orly 1-2 (Level 0, Stop 15, Exit 15a), Orly 4 (Bus station, Stop 3, Exit 47d)
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Private Transfer


  • Cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get around Paris
  • There are 16 metro lines and about 300 metro stations
  • Each line has a specific colour and number
  • Free metro maps available at in stations
  • From around 6am until around 12.45am (Sunday to Thursday) or 1.45am (Friday, Saturday).
  • Metro tickets cost €2.10 each


  • The RER is a regional train system that connects Paris to its suburbs.
  • There are five RER lines, which are numbered A-E.
  • Prices are similar to the metro within the city limits
  • RER runs every day from around 6am until around 12.45am


  • Paris has 4 tramway lines (T1, T2, T3, T4.)
  • Tram tickets are the same as metro and RER tickets


  • Around 64 bus lines go through the centre of the city
  • Buses runs from around 7am until around 12.30am (Some lines only until 8.30pm)
  • Allow around 5 minutes per stop to estimate journey time, with additional time for heavy traffic
  • Line number and direction indicated on the front and on the sides of the bus
  • Noctilien: is a night bus service with 47 lines across Paris region operating from 12.30am to 5.30am


  • Taxis are available 24 hours a day
  • Have a sign on the roof saying “Taxi Parisien” (if the sign is lit up and green means it’s avialable)
  • Have a display meter showing the cost of the journey inside
  • Taxis must accept payment by credit card, regardless of the fare
  • Minimum fare is €7.30

Flat Rates to/from airport:

  • Paris ‘Rive Droite’ (‘Right Bank’)/CDG Roissy = €53
  • Paris ‘Rive Gauche’ (Left Bank’)/CDG Roissy = €58
  • Paris Rive Droite/Orly = €37
  • Paris Rive gauche/Orly = €32


  • Biking is a great way to see Paris
  • Vélib’ is a bike-sharing service launched in 2007
  • There are 1400 docking points and 20,000 bicycles
  • Mechanical bikes are green and eletric are blue (40% electric)
  • 24h, 3 day and monthly passes available

Prices without subscription plan

  • Mechanical: First 30 min €1 + €1/extra 30min
  • Eletric: First 45 min €3 + €2/extra 30min


  • Most of the major tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other.
  • Walking is a great way to see the city and get some exercise.
  • Travel times vary depending on the distance traveled, but typically range from 10-30 minutes.


  • Bonjour (bohn-zhoor) – Hello
  • Bonsoir (bohn-swar) – Good evening
  • Au revoir (oh reh-vwahr) – Goodbye
  • Salut (sah-loo) – Hi/Bye (informal)

Polite phrases

  • S’il vous plaît (seel voo play) – Please
  • Merci (mehr-see) – Thank you
  • De rien (duh ree-ahn) – You’re welcome
  • Pardon (pah-rohn) – Excuse me

Basic questions

  • Où est…? (oo eh) – Where is…?
  • Combien coûte…? (kohn-bee-ahn koo-teh) – How much does…? cost?
  • Comment dit-on…? (koh-mahn dee-tohn) – How do you say…?
  • Parlez-vous anglais? (pah-lay voo ahn-gleh) – Do you speak English?

Other useful phrases

  • Je ne parle pas français. (zhuh nuh parl pah frah-nsay) – I don’t speak French.
  • Je ne comprends pas. (zhuh nuh kohn-prohn-duh pah) – I don’t understand.
  • S’il vous plaît, parlez plus lentement. (seel voo play, parl plew luh-mahn) – Please speak more slowly.
  • Aidez-moi, s’il vous plaît. (ay-day-moh, seel voo play) – Help me, please.

2 Days Itinerary (packed)

Day 1

Morning: Start your day by visiting the Eiffel Tower, the iconic symbol of Paris. Take a stroll around the Champ de Mars park and enjoy the view of the tower from different angles.

Afternoon: Take a walk along the Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous avenues in the world. Visit the Arc de Triomphe, which offers great views of the city from the top.

Evening: Enjoy a dinner at a traditional French restaurant in the Montmartre neighborhood, known for its charming streets and bohemian vibe. After dinner, take a walk to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica for a beautiful view of the city at night. If you have time, check out the Moulin Rouge for a show or enjoy a drink at one of the nearby bars.

Day 2

Morning: Start your day with a guided tour of the Louvre Museum, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. See masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. After the tour, take a walk through the Tuileries Garden and relax on a bench while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Afternoon: Visit the Musée d’Orsay, which features Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. After the museum, take a walk across the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge that offers stunning views of the Seine River and the city.

Evening: Take a take a stroll through the historic Latin Quarter, known for its narrow streets, cafes, and bookstores. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Rue Mouffetard, a street famous for its food and vibrant atmosphere.

Bonus activities:

  • If you have extra time on Day 1, consider taking a boat cruise on the Seine River to see the city from a different perspective.
  • On Day 2, visit the Sainte-Chapelle, a stunning Gothic church with beautiful stained glass windows.
  • If you’re a foodie, take a guided tour of the Saint-Germain neighborhood, known for its cafes, patisseries, and gourmet food shops.

3 Days Itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Visit the Eiffel Tower
No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Start your day by heading to the tower and taking in the stunning views of Paris from the top. You can take the stairs or elevator to the top depending on your preference. Don’t forget to take lots of photos!

Afternoon: Explore the Louvre
The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world and is home to thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Spend the afternoon wandering around the museum, taking in the beautiful architecture and the world-famous artworks.

Evening: Seine River Cruise
End your day with a romantic Seine river cruise, where you can take in the stunning sights of Paris from the water.

Day 2

Morning: Visit Notre Dame Cathedral
Start your day by visiting the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. Although the cathedral is currently closed for renovations, you can still admire its beautiful Gothic architecture from the outside.

Afternoon: Sainte-Chapelle and Ile de la Cité
After visiting Notre Dame, head to Sainte-Chapelle, a stunning 13th-century Gothic chapel with incredible stained glass windows. Afterward, take a stroll around Ile de la Cité, the island in the middle of the Seine where Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle are located.

Evening: Montmartre
Spend your evening in the charming and artistic neighborhood of Montmartre. Take a walk through the cobblestone streets, explore the local shops, and visit the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica for stunning views of the city.

Day 3

Morning: Versailles Palace
Take a train to the nearby town of Versailles and visit the stunning Palace of Versailles, once home to French royalty. It’s a stunning example of French Baroque architecture and home to the famous Hall of Mirrors.

Afternoon: Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe
Start your day by walking down the famous Champs-Elysées and admiring the luxurious shops and cafes. End your walk at the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb to the top for breathtaking views of the city.

Evening: Moulin Rouge
Enjoy a show at the Moulin Rouge, a famous cabaret known for its elaborate costumes and performances. Make sure to book tickets in advance to ensure availability.

New Year’s Markets, January Sales, International Circus Festival of Tomorrow

Valentine’s Day , Rétromobile, Salon International de l’Agriculture (International Agricultural Show)

Livre Paris, Banlieues Bleues (music festival), Festival du Livre de Paris, Cinéma du Réel (documentary film festival), La Fête du Cinéma (film festival), Paris Carnival (named Pantruche Carnaval, the Saint-Fargeau or the Promenade du Boeuf Gras)

Festival Chorus Paris, Marathon International de Paris, Paris Beer Festival, Foire de Paris

St-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival, La Nuit Européenne des Musées, Foire du Trône, Taste Paris, Roland-Garros Open opening

Festival de St-Denis, Fête de la Musique, Gay Pride (Marche des Fiertés), Nuit Blanche, Download Festival, Fête des Tuileries

Seasonal beaches-like (plages) at the banks of the Seine, Paris Jazz Festival, Tour de France, Bastille Day, Open-air Cinema at La Villette, Lollapalooza Paris, summer sales

Seasonal beaches-like  (plages) at the banks of the Seine, Classique au Vert, Rock en Seine, Silhouette, many restaurants and shops are closed

Jazz à la Villette, Festival d’Automne, Techno Parade, Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, Journée Sans Voiture

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Salon du Chocolat

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Illuminations de Noël

Salon du Cheval de Paris, Christmas Markets , Le Festival du Merveilleux, New Year’s Eve

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Recommended hotels

Bairro Alto Hotel

Upscale, Boutique

Praça Luis De Camões 2, Lisbon
Tel: 351 213408288

  • Member of The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Located in a central area between the neighborhoods of Chiado and Bairro Alto.
  • Less than a 10-minute walk from places like downtown, Chiado, Santa Justa Elevator, jewelry shops or high-end brands like Hermes.
  • Hhistoric 18th-century building
  • Expanded in 2018 in a project by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura (Pritzker-awarded in 2011)
  • 87 rooms including single, classic and prestige rooms, as well as 12 Junior Suites, 8 Suites and 2 signature suites
  • Rooms with views of the Tagus River, Bairro Alto or Chiado
  • Bar with a menu of light meals, drinks and cocktails with a panoramic view over the Tagus River
  • Pastry shop on the ground floor with typical Portuguese sweets and savories

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Rua Do Alecrim 12

The pros

  • Location near Bairro Alto
  • Terrace view
  • Free afternoon sushi
  • Value for money

The cons

  • Steet noise from nightlife

Frequently Asked Questions

about Paris

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The best time to visit Paris is from April to June and September to November when the weather is mild, and the crowds are not as intense as in the summer months. However, be prepared for some rainy days.

Some of the must-see attractions in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré-Coeur, and the Champs-Élysées.

Paris has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, metro, and trams. You can also rent a bike, use a taxi, or walk around the city.

Some of the best places to shop in Paris include the Champs-Élysées, Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, and the Marais district.

The currency used in Paris is the Euro.

Paris is famous for its cultural events, including the Paris Fashion Week, the Cannes Film Festival, the Paris Jazz Festival, and the Paris Opera Festival.

The emergency number in Paris is 112 for police, fire, and ambulance services.

It is recommended to plan at least three to four days to explore Paris and see its major attractions, but ideally, five to seven days would allow you to delve deeper into the city’s culture and explore its hidden gems.

Tipping is not mandatory in Paris, but it is customary to leave a small tip of about 10% for exceptional service.

Yes, there are several city cards available for tourists visiting Paris. One option is the Paris Museum Pass, which offers skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris, including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou. The pass is available for 2, 4 or 6 days

Another option is The Paris Passlib’ which is the official city pass of the Paris Tourist Office. It allows you to put together your own sightseeing program for your stay in Paris with a wide selection of visits and attractions to choose from. The pass is available in 4 versions.

Some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris include the Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Montmartre, Le Marais, and the Latin Quarter.