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Top Things To Do in Paris

There are so many things to do in Paris, it’s little wonder that this one of the most popular city break destinations in the world!

Iconic Landmarks

Paris has more recognisable landmarks than any other city, but the most famous is undeniably the Eiffel Tower – the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France.

Caution: Take your loved one to the top of the Tower and they will most likely be expecting a marriage proposal!

Fun and Family Time

Forget all the grown-up stuff like romance and fashion - kids (and big kids) can’t miss the chance to meet Mickey and pals in the flesh at Disneyland Paris! Advance bookings even include fast-track onto many of the biggest rides!

Romance

You can’t help but be seduced by the beauty of the city and one of the most romantic and relaxing ways to see its wonderful sights is undoubtedly on a Seine river cruise. Celebrating a special occasion? The top of Montparnasse Tower is the perfect setting for a glass of Champagne (of course) as the city sparkles below.

Eating & Drinking

It’s impossible to ignore the allure of Parisian cuisine, from sampling the local cheese and wine to breakfast at a quaint boulangerie or fine dining at a triple-Michelin-starred gastronomic palace.

Shopping

If shopping is on the agenda, you could do worse than one of the world’s fashion capitals. As well as getting a head-start on international trends at the designer boutiques, you can spend hours browsing the vintage shops, flea markets and tucked-away bookshops, or sampling the wares at gourmet food and wine stores.

Culture, Art and History

It might seem like there’s just no end to Paris’ attractions, and they certainly don’t disappoint on the culture front, with one of the world’s biggest museums, The Louvre, taking centre-stage amongst scores of impressive museums and fine art galleries.

Paris – Quick Facts

Language:
French
Flight Time from UK:
Approx. 1h 10min
Currency:
Euros
Airports:
  • The main airport that serves Paris is Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  • You can also travel between London and Paris on the Eurostar train, which runs through the Channel Tunnel.
Opening Times:
  • General opening hours are Monday – Saturday from 9am - 7pm, with Sundays and public holidays closed.
  • Smaller shops may close from 12pm - 2pm on Mondays.
  • Supermarket times can differ depending on the area.
  • Many department stores have one late-night opening day, when they remain open until 9pm.
Temperatures:
The temperature in Paris averages 19°C in July and August, and 3°C in January.
Telephone:
  • Country code: +33
  • Emergency Services Number: 112
  • Fire: 18
  • Police: 17
Electricity:
EU standard, 220 V

Getting Around in Paris

Bus
  • Buses in Paris operate between 5.45am and 12.30am, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and public holidays the services are much less frequent
  • Night buses depart approximately every hour between 12.30am and 5.30am.
Car
  • Driving in Paris is probably more hassle than it’s worth given the excellent public transport systems. Car hire is expensive and parking space is limited.
  • If you do need to drive, you’ll find most of the larger car rental companies throughout the city, including the airport and main train stations.
Metro
  • Paris’ metro system is efficient, inexpensive and spans every part of the city. Each metro train is known by the name of its terminus.
  • Trains usually start at around 5.30am, with the last train departing between 12.35am and 1am, or 2.15am on Fridays and Saturdays.
RER
  • The Paris RER is 5 express train lines which connect the city centre to surrounding suburbs.
  • It also connects Paris to popular destinations including CDG Airport and Disneyland Paris.
  • The RER is faster than the metro, but the stops are much further apart. However, some Paris attractions, particularly those on the Left Bank, are easier to reach by the RER than by metro.
Bike
  • The inexpensive, self-service bike scheme “Vélib'” (www.velib.paris.fr) is a huge success in Paris. As most of the city’s sights are spread across a distance of no more than 10km, it’s easy, fun, and eco-friendly to explore by bike!
  • How it works: Simply pick up a bike from one of the roadside Vélib’ stations – there’s one every 300m or so – cycle wherever you like, and return it outside another.
  • Bikes are available 24 hours a day. You can open a Vélib’ account at any station using any major credit card.

Known as the “City of Love” and also the “City of Lights”, the allure of France’s capital isn’t just due to the number of wonderful things to do in Paris, but the ambience of the city itself.

There’s a Paris for every season, whether it’s cosying up in a cafe in winter, strolling through the leafy parks in Autumn, opting for some Seine-side beach relaxation in the sizzling summers or shopping up a storm…. well, anytime!

Art, culture, history, food, drink, nightlife and romance – this is a city that truly has everything! Check out the guides and tips above for our recommendations on Paris attractions.

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