Learn when to enjoy Paris like the locals without spending a fortune on your holiday.
Every season in Paris is a wonderful time to visit. Spring is romantic, autumn brings fashion week and the Nuit Blanche festival, summer is hot and perfect for relaxing in a park and winter has the city decorated in Christmas lights.
So no matter what type of holiday you’re looking for, we have the top suggestions for when to visit Paris.
Best time to visit Paris
March to May
Paris in springtime (March to May) is perfect as locals emerge from indoors to enjoy picnics in the park and stroll along the Seine.
The weather is mild from late March onwards with temperatures from 6°C-19°C, and the tourist crowds as well as the prices have yet to jump. You can expect afternoon rain showers, but they won’t ruin the day. Avoid visiting in Easter as there is a spike in prices.
You can visit Paris any time of the year. The cold winter (2°C-8°C), from December to February, has the smallest crowds, but attractions are still open and during the Christmas period, the city is decorated in lights.
Spring, from March to May, brings some rainfall, but the flowers are blooming and Paris is very picturesque. The temperatures are mild and range from 6°C-19°C. Summer, from June to August, is the peak tourist season as Europeans enjoy their holidays at this time. Temperatures reach 24°C and prices are the most expensive.
Autumn, from September to November, has events such as Nuit Blanche and you can enjoy lower prices and temperatures (5°C-20°C). Avoid September and fashion week, which is the first week of October, as prices for accommodation are still high.
Weather and prices
Best time to visit Paris, weather wise. June to August has the warmest temperatures.
Cheapest time to visit Paris. December to February, other than the Christmas period, has the best travel deals.
Best time to visit Paris for...
- Notre Dame. Avoid the summer tourist period between June and August when you will have to deal with long lines at any time of the day. The mornings are crisp in spring and autumn but you will save yourself a lot of time waiting in line by getting to Notre Dame early when it opens at 8am. Tourist buses usually begin arriving at 9am and by 10am the lines are long. To climb the towers, you must be in line by 5pm.
- Disneyland Paris. January and February are the least busy months with Tuesdays to Thursdays being the least busy days throughout the year. However, if you want to avoid the cold weather, visit in spring (late-March to May). All rides are open and temperatures are mild. Visit in the morning or after 6pm for smaller crowds.
- For a honeymoon. Avoid summer (June to August) when locals flee and tourists take over. Spring, from late March to May, is when the city is the most romantic, has moderate prices and smaller crowds. Skip Easter when many Europeans visit Paris.
- The catacombs. Everyone rushes to visit the catacombs in the morning so your best bet for the shortest line is around 6pm. The official website suggests any time after 3pm. However, if visiting during holiday periods, lines are so long that you may not make it in. These guidelines are best in winter and spring (December to May) as long as you avoid the Christmas and Easter periods.
- The Louvre. The months from February to April are the least busy. Visit in the afternoon when lines die down, but avoid Tuesdays when the museum is closed. Use the Porte des Lions entrance where there are minimal lines.
- Paris and Rome. Paris and Rome experience the same tourist season in the summer. Both are ideal to visit in the spring (late March to May) when crowds have yet to pick up and prices are still low. Autumn is also similar but with cooler temperatures.
- Paris and Switzerland. April to May and September to October are ideal times to visit Paris and Switzerland to experience good weather. These shoulder months mean less crowds but prices do start to pick up. The weather is agreeable and will be pleasant for outdoor activities.
- Paris and Italy. Visit Italy first in late September and then Paris in October to skip fashion week’s high prices. The weather is mild and tourists flee the major cities at this time. Prices won’t be their lowest but will be lower than peak season and will pair well with the weather.
- Paris and London. Autumn in both Paris and London brings plenty of events that make the cities enjoyable. There is great outdoor weather, the prices are moderate and there are smaller crowds.