Paris - Attractions & Things To Do
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Must-do Paris Attractions for YOUR Holiday
There are so many things to do in Paris, its little wonder that this one of the most popular city break destinations in the world!
Experience the magic of Disneyland Paris
Before we get to all the grown-up stuff like romance and fashion - kids (and big kids) can’t miss the chance to meet their favourite Disney characters in the flesh at Disneyland Paris!
Top Tip: Advance Disney tickets are not only MUCH cheaper but also include fast-track onto many of the biggest rides in the park.
Essential Paris Sightseeing
If you want to explore at your own pace, a Hop on Hop off bus tour of Paris is the easiest & cheapest way to get around the city.
Here are some of the famous Paris attractions you just can’t miss
The Eiffel Tower
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.
Best part - if you book in advance, you can get Skip the Line Eifel Tower Tickets and avoid the staggering queues
Caution: Take your loved one to the top of the Tower and they will most likely be expecting a marriage proposal!
Visit one of the world’s biggest museums - The Louvre, or experience the splendour of Luis XIV’s court with a visit to Versailles Palace. Avoid getting lost in Paris on the way to Versailles, take a guided tour by train or by coach.
Top Tip: Want to save money on sightseeing? The Paris Pass gives you access to over 60 Paris Attractions with just one ticket!
Romance in Paris
You can’t help but be seduced by the charm of the City of Love! Even sightseeing can be romantic - enjoy the wonderful sights on a Seine river cruise with your partner.
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.
Taste the flavours of France
If the French are famous for one thing besides speking the smooth language of love, it’s the amazing French cuisine! Indulge your taste buds - take your partner on a sophisticated cheese and wine tasting, or experience fine dining at a triple-Michelin-starred gastronomic palace.
Best shows in Paris
After a day of exploring, it’s time to experience a true Parisian soiree at the iconic Moulin Rouge show – the best cabaret in the world!
Disney fan? The Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris will be totally up your street – it’s a mad adventure mashing together Buffalo Bill, Mickey and his friends + horses and shootouts!
Paris – Quick Facts
- Flight Time from UK:
- Approx. 1h 10min
- 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.
- The temperature in Paris averages 19°C in July and August, and 3°C in January.
- Country code: +33
- Emergency Services Number: 112
- Fire: 18
- Police: 17
- EU standard, 220 V
Getting Around in Paris
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.