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Guide: Paris

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of travel guides out there with all the information about Paris you could ever need.

We’ve taken all that we’ve learned from those books and broke it down into a simple, easy to read guide…

Quick Info

Best Time To Visit
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and the summer months are their high season.  Try to visit Paris either in the spring or fall for lower travel rates and significantly shorter lines at attractions.

How Long Should I Visit?
This is a loaded question as for some people no amount of time is enough.  For first time visitors, from 5-7 days is enough to take in the city and go on a few day trips.

Currency
France is part of the European Union and as such use the Euro as their official currency.  You can easily withdraw cash from ATM machines around Paris and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Do I need a visa for France?
For visitors from most countries in the world, including Canada and the United States, no visa is required to visit France.  The country is, however, part of the Schengen Area where you can only spend 90 days out of every 6 months so if you’re planning an extended stay in Europe you should be aware of that.

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Getting In

By Plane
Paris has 3 airports with most international flights arriving at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.  Orly airport (OLY) is an older airport used primarily by Air France domestic.

Beauvais airport located 80km north of Paris is used primarily by low cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair.  There are shuttle buses (€17) that leave the airport regularly throughout the day to downtown Paris.

By Train
As Paris is so well connected to the rest of Europe, there are 6 train stations that service Paris.  Your arrival station will depend on which country you are traveling from.

While the stations are not connected to each other, they are easily accessible by the Paris Metro system.

By Bus
Generally traveling by bus will be much cheaper than train.  Eurolines is a trans-European bus company that offers rides from across Europe.  OUIbus serves the London-Paris route and FlixBus originates out of Germany.

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Adventures

Whether you’re here for a day, a week or a month, there’s plenty of things to see and do in Paris.

Sure, there’s the Eiffel Tower, but Paris is so much more.  In the city there’s monuments, museums and galleries to visit.  People to see, shopping to be done and food to devour.

Outside of the city there’s plenty of day trip adventures waiting for you including the medieval village of Mont Saint Michel and the historic castles of the Loire Valley.

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Euro Trip Kit

More than a backpack guide, the Euro Trip Kit is a fantastic way to begin planning and dreaming about your euro trip.

Inside you’ll find travel tips, a trip journal, adventure passport, language flashcards, inspiration and a whole lot more.

It’s perfect for everyone from first time travelers to those who are already out there living the backpack dream.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

With an international reputation, French food is more than just food – it’s part of their culture and definitely one of the reasons to visit France.

Whether it’s a simple croissant or a classic dish like a cassoulet, French food always comes with a touch of gourmet.

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Where To Stay

Paris is split up into 20 different neighborhoods called arrondissements.  While most of the attractions are in the 7th arrondissement, it is also the most expensive area in the city to stay.

Instead, find a place in the 8th arrondissement close to Champs-Elysées or in the 18th arrondissement which is the artsy neighborhood of Montmartre.

A dorm room in a hostel near the center of town averages about €30 a night but if you stay further out of the city in neighborhoods like Montmartre or the Latin Quarter you can find a dorm room for €20.

How To
Get Around

Getting around the city of Paris is fairly easy as you can actually walk across the city in only a few hours.  In fact, many of the main attractions in downtown Paris are within walking distance of each other.

If you don’t feel like walking everywhere, the Paris Metro system also has great coverage and will take you wherever you need to go with 16 lines going to 303 stations.

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Special Events

Bastille Day
This French national holiday happens on July 14th.  It celebrates the storming of the infamous Bastille during the French Revolution.  During the day, look for the Bastille Parade which is held on the Champs-Élysées and at night look up into the sky for the Bastille Day fireworks show.

Valentines Day
February 14th has a little more significance in Paris as it is, after all, the city of love.  You’ll see many couples out and about on this day.

Fashion Week
Paris is so fashion forward that they have not one, but two fashion weeks.  Taking place in March and October, fashion week gives designers a platform to present women’s prêt-à-porter collections for the upcoming season.

Chinese New Year
In February there are parades in the 3rd,4th and 20th arrondissements to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The French Open
Paris hosts one of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments starting on the last Sunday in May.  For two weeks you can see the world’s top tennis players descend on Paris to battle it out on the clay court.

French Phrases For Traveling

While people in Paris speak French, you’ll find most people know English as well.  Remember though, you’re a visitor in their country so at least attempt to learn some French phrases before you visit.  They may laugh at you but at least they’ll respect you for trying.

You can also take advantage of the Language Flashcards that are included inside our Euro Trip Kit to help you while you’re there.

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What's Next?

If you've been hanging out on this website, then you've probably got that itch to travel.  Well, if Europe is calling you, check out the Euro Trip Kit.
Part inspiration, part information, and part fun - the Euro Trip Kit is the perfect tool for planning your next euro trip.
Whether you want to learn common travel phrases, play some backpack bingo, or get inspired through the adventure passport - the Euro Trip Kit has what you need!