About Paris

Paris has been the most visited city in the world for decades. Known as the city of lights and the city of love, Paris attracts millions of tourists for its iconic monuments, art, fashion, food and History: from Napoleon to the French revolution to the Nazi occupation, Paris has gone through a lot and continues to inspire. A lifetime would not be enough to explore everything this city has to offer, but we can give you a few tips on where to start.

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Airport Transfer

CDG Airport: The train "RER B" departs from CDG airport and goes to different stops in Paris: Gare du Nord, Châtelet les Halles, Saint Michel Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire. It costs €10 and takes about 40 minutes. Alternatively, the Roissybus connects you to metro station Opéra for €11.50 each way.

ORLY Airport: The Orlybus will take you to the metro station Denfert Rochereau for €8. Or take the Orlyval express train to the station Antony. From there, you can proceed to the city center taking the RER B.

BEAUVAIS Airport: If you are travelling with Ryanair you will probably arrive at the Beauvais Airport. Beauvais is located 1H from Paris. Please be aware of the traffic and take it into consideration not to miss your flight! From Beauvais to Paris: Go to the terminal 1 or 2 and take the shuttle to Porte Maillot (Metro 1). From Porte Maillot you can take the metro to Paris City Center or the shuttle from Pershing Parking. Shuttle costs about €17.

Currency

Euro. You can exchange money at the airport or use one of its ATMs.

Public Transportation

The Parisian public transport system comprises a huge metro network, buses and the RER, a train that connects the city center to neighboring towns. If you will be using the public transport quite frequently then buy a book of 10 tickets for €14.40, it is much cheaper and quicker to get around.

Paris Visite card

You can also buy a Paris Visite card, which is valid between 2 to 5 days in all 5 zones of the city. The "real city center" is zone 1-3 (includes Paris main attractions). Zone 1-4 includes Versailles. Zone 1-5 includes CDG airport and all the Parisian neighbourhoods. If you are in Paris for a few days and only want to enjoy the city center we recommend you to buy a zone 1-3 pass

Safety

Many people are worried about travelling to Paris after the terrorist attacks from 2015. While you are asked to remain vigilant, don't let these events discourage you from visiting this beautiful city. 

Tipping

In France, the tip is always included in the price. You can give a little bit extra if you like the service, but you don't have to.

Emergency number

112

Useful words

While you will do fine with just English at the biggest tourist attractions and hotels, the French are known for either not speaking English so well or not looking amused when tourists don't even make an effort to learn some keywords in the local language.
Bonjour - Hello, good day

S’il vous plaît - Please
Merci - Thank you
Je suis désolé - Sorry
Pardon, excusez moi - Excuse me
Je ne parle pas Français - I don’t speak French
Parlez-vous Anglais? - Do you speak English?
Je suis perdu - I am lost
Combien ça coûte ? - How much is it?

Paris Top Attractions

1. Eiffel Tower
2. Louvre Museum
3. Arc de Triomphe
4. Avenue des Champs Elysées
5. Notre-Dame de Paris
6. Musée d'Orsay
7. Tuileries garden
8. Pont Alexandre III
9. Pont-Neuf
10. Sainte-Chapelle
11. Panthéon
12. Sacré-Coeur
13. Mur des Je t'aime
14. Moulin Rouge
15. Catacombes

3 cool places outside the city centre

St Christopher's Inn Canal
Close to Crimé metro station (Metro 7) (approximately 20 minutes to the city center), its terrace overlooks Canal Saint Martin, where the movie Amélie was filmed. You don't have to leave the hostel to party: the premises include a bar and a nightclub.

Beautiful City Hostel
Situated in Belleville, Paris' Chinatown (full of reasonably priced restaurants, by the way) this small designer hostel includes free breakfast.

Les Piaules
Chosen as the most beautiful hostel in Paris by magazine L’Obs, Les Piaules is also in Belleville. It has a bar and, in their own words, "a badass breakfast".

LE MARAIS

Le Marais is a historic district full of pre-revolutionary buildings that will make your jaw drop. This neighborhood is packed with charming little shops, cafés and restaurants.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Le Marais

QUARTIER LATIN & ÎLE DE LA CITÉ

Situated between the 5th and 6th "arrondissements", the Latin Quarter got its name thanks to the Sorbonne University’s students, who used to speak Latin. Nowadays, this area is full of cool bars and restaurants. That's also where our FREE Tour, Latin Quarter Tour and Versailles Tour start!

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in the Quartier Latin & Île de la Cité

MONTMARTRE & NORTHERN PARIS

Montmartre is the area that famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh once called home. While you will still find sex shops and cabarets (including the Moulin Rouge) there, this area is less bohemian and decadent than it used to be. Discover the neighbourhood with our daily Montmartre District Tour.

>> Where to stay and eat in Montmartre & Northern Paris