Get the Finder app 🥳

Connect your accounts & save

Best time to visit Paris for sightseeing, honeymoons and more

Learn when to enjoy Paris like the locals without spending a fortune on your holiday.

Updated

Fact checked

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

Why?

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.


Overview

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.

Hot travel deals

G Adventures G Adventures

Up to 50% off tours

Available on select dates in 2020 and 2021 when you book My Own Room on tours. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, France, Thailand, Morocco, Costa Rica and more.

Last verified

Deal ends

Qatar Airways Qatar Airways

Up to 12% off worldwide flights

Available on select flights until 31 January 2021 when you book and pay using Paypal. Destinations include France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, United Kingdom and more.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Contiki Contiki

Up to 25% off last-minute tours worldwide

Available for travel on select dates from July 2020 onward. Book a range of last-minute Contiki tours, from week-long jaunts to month-long journeys, to destinations including Italy, France, Germany, Iceland, Greece, Vietnam, Thailand, USA, Canada and more.

Last verified

Klook Klook

Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Valid on select dates including holidays like Christmas, New Year's and more depending on the destination. Destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

isango! isango!

Up to 36% off Disneyland® Paris ticket

Available until December 2020. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $600 off 2020 cruises

Available on select dates from September - December 2020 to River Heritage Club members. Destinations include France, Amsterdam, India, China and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $500 off River Heritage Club members

Available on select 2021 dates. Destinations include India, France, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Uniworld Uniworld

Up to 10% off 2021 cruises

Available on select 2021 dates to Asia, Europe, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to $479 off France tour

Available on select departures in 2020 and 2021. Package includes accommodation, meals an transfers.

Last verified

eDreams eDreams

Up to 44% off getaways

Available on select travel dates when you book your hotel and flights together. Destinations include Paris, Las Vegas, Cancun and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Go Paris Pass Go Paris Pass

Up to 60% off explorer pass

Available on select travel dates on 3,5 an 7 attraction passes. Includes bus tours, sightseeing, river cruises, wine tours and more. Valid for 60 days from first use. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Go Paris Pass Go Paris Pass

Up to 60% off Paris attractions

Get a Go Paris pass and receive up to 60% off attractions. Includes bus tours, sightseeing, river cruises, wine tours and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Trip.com Trip.com

Up to 5% off tours and attractions tickets worldwide

Available in select cities in China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, South Korea, Macao, Dubai, Paris, Taipei and London.

Last verified

STA Travel STA Travel

Europe flights from $539 each way

Available on select travel dates from January – November 2020. Sample fare is Perth–Paris with Thai Airways. Other destinations include London, Rome, Manchester, Dublin and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

Eurail Eurail

23% off passes for students

Enjoy 23% off on your rail travel in Europe. Destinations include France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and more. Must be 27 and below to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Lufthansa Lufthansa

Europe flights from $1,510 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include London, Rome, Paris, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and more. Sample fare is Perth–Barcelona.

Last verified

Get Your Guide Get Your Guide

Up to 20% off Paris tours and experiences

Valid for travel on select dates. T&C's apply.

Last verified

Big Bus Tours Big Bus Tours

Up to 10% off Big Bus tours

Valid on select tours in Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Darwin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Miami, Muscat, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Vienna and Washington DC.

Last verified

Hostelworld Hostelworld

Europe stay from $15 per night

Valid on select dates and hostels across Europe. Destinations include London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and more. T&C's apply.

Last verified

Design Hotels Design Hotels

Up to 30% off if you book in advance

Valid for bookings made at least 30 days in advance at hotels around the world. Destinations include France, USA, Bali, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, UK, Singapore, Japan and more.

Last verified

Popular Travel coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
27 May 2020 Extra $10 off site-wide with code FDR****
22 May 2020 Extra 9% off hotel bookings AUT****
27 Apr 2020 Up to 12% off worldwide flights PAY****
14 Apr 2020 Extra 8% off on hotel bookings CLP****
2 Jul 2020 Up to $30 off Australia tandem skydive RES****

Find out the best time to go to...


Follow us for all the latest deals and coupon codes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site