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Paris | The Ultimate Travel Guide

When to go, where to stay and what to do once you arrive in the City of Lights.

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Buildings in Paris, France

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Famous for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is so much more than a lover's urban delight - although it is that.Once you've swooned over the French accent, sunk your teeth into a fresh croissant and snapped that fundamental shot of Paris' shining glory AKA the Eiffel Tower, set your sights on delving deeper into the history and culture of this beautiful city.

Stroll down the Champs-Élysées and its fashion-forward boutique wears, wander through the lauded Louvre and its breathtaking displays of human creativity and marvel upon Notre Dame Cathedral and its architectural prowess.

Then settle in to see Paris at night and witness why they call it the City of Lights.

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Getting around in Paris

Paris is one of Europe's most walkable cities with all of the city's top attractions close together.

The Paris Metro is budget-friendly and easy to use, with stops at all major tourist spots.

The Batobus runs along the Seine with eight stops at Paris's best highlights. You can also rent a bike at designated spots throughout the city.

Paris public transport

  • Types of transport. The Paris Metro includes the metro trains, RER trains and buses.
  • Paying for transport. You can purchase a single metro ticket for EUR€1.90 at ticket offices, metro stations and some tobacconists. You can also buy a book of 10 single tickets for EUR€16. A weekly Navigo pass is available but requires a passport photo. These tickets are valid on metro trains for all connections in a single trip, on RER trains within the city and on buses for a single trip not including connections.
  • Getting to and from the airport. The RER B train runs from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city centre in 40 minutes. Trains depart every 6-15 minutes and tickets cost EUR€10. The Roissybus provides direct transport to the Paris-Opéra district for EUR€11. Le Bus Direct connects the Charles de Gaulle airport to the Eiffel Tower and the Gare Montparnasse railway station for EUR€17. Buses 350 and 351 run from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city centre.
  • Best apps for getting around. The RAPT app uses geolocation to find nearby public transportation and can show you in real time when transport will arrive. You can also use it to plan the route to your destination.

Paris Metro map

Get you bearings and decide where to stay for the easiest commute to all your sought after attractions using the official Paris metro map.

Taxis and rideshare

Taxi. You can hail taxis from the side of the road, but it may be difficult. Taxis aren't legally allowed to pull over if you're within 50 metres of a taxi stand, which you can find throughout the city. You can also call and book a taxi in advance.

Rideshare. Uber and Bolt are both available in Paris. To get an idea of cost, an Uber is about EUR€50-80 from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city centre. From Orly International Airport, Uber is EUR€35-50.

Airport transfers in Paris

Airport transfers from both Charles de Gaulle and Orly International airports are an easy way to start your trip by getting you into the city quickly.

Paris car hire

Renting a car in Paris is not very common or recommended as it is often faster to get around by public transportation.

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Advantage, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, InterRent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Transit service the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Not all rental companies are available at every terminal. Use Drive Now to compare prices and find the best deals.

Read more about hiring a car in Europe, compare prices and get the latest deals.

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