Paris France, travel hacks for your best holiday

Paris France

One of the most visited cities in the world, a dream destination for romantic people and for those looking for incredible moments, Paris should be your next European destination.

The city is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world but also the greenest and most liveable place from Europe.

Paris France
Paris in France

The official currency of France is EURO and the best way to get euro is to withdraw money from an ATM not buying from an exchange office.

Let’s discover together where this country is located and why it is so beautiful!

 

1. Location

Paris is located in France, which is located in Europe.

More exactly, France is located in the western part of Europe bordering Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg in the north part of the country; Switzerland and Italy to the east and Spain to the south.

Paris city France map
Paris city France map

The City of Love as it is also called is situated on the Seine river, in the northern part of France, in the heart of the Ile-de-France region.

This city has one of the largest population from Europe with a total of more than 12 million inhabitants.

 

2. How to get to Paris France

There are many ways to get to Paris, depending on your hometown. Trains, buses, cars and planes, all go to Paris.

 

2.1 Getting to Paris by plane

Around the city, there are two main airports: Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

The largest airport is Charles de Gaulles which is located 30 kilometres away from the city centre, in the town called Roissy en France.

Charles de gaulle airport Paris France
Charles de gaulle airport Paris France

Most of the international flights land to Charles de Gaulles. It is the main gate to the world!

From the airport to the city centre you can take a bus, a taxi or a train. Buses come every 15 minutes and have a stop in each of the three terminals.

Trains leave every 15 to 30 minutes from Terminal 3 and in about 40 minutes you reach the city centre.

Taxi is the most expensive way to travel from the airport to the city centre. A ride is around 60 euros, depending on which part of Paris you want to go.

The second-largest airport in Paris is Orly. It is located in the town with the same name, 18 kilometres away from the city centre.

Here, land many international companies from all over the world: Air Caraibes, Air France Hop, Corsair International, EasyJet, etc.

 

To get from the airport to Paris France you can take also the taxi, the bus or the train.

The rides are shorter as the ones from Charles de Gaulles mainly because the airport is located closer to the city centre.

 

2.2. Getting to Paris by train

There are many trains which link European countries, including the United Kingdom.

The trains are fast, secure and comfortable. In about 2 hours and 20 minutes, you get from London to Paris with the world-famous Eurostar train.

TGV Train Paris France
TGV Train Paris France

Or why don’t you take Thalys, a high-speed train which goes from Paris to Brussels, Antwerp or Liege. This train is even faster than the planes from the same route!

With Thalys, you can also go to Amsterdam or Bruges! In less than 2 hours you can reach your final destination without having to get up the plane!

And the list could go on! What I can tell you for sure is that Paris is the city with great connections around Europe by train!

 

2.3. Getting to Paris by car

I recommend you to rent a car if you plan to do a trip across Europe or just across France.

There are really great road connections between Paris and the main cities of the country and for other European countries.

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In our days it is very easy to reach your destination by car thanks to the mobile apps which gives you the exact position of your car and your arrival destination.

Car rental Paris
Car rental Paris

A great thing is that you can travel from the UK to France by car using the Eurotunnel. In about 3 and a half hours you cross the tunnel and arrive in France from the UK.

One more thing I want to tell you when speaking about cars! You don’t need a car if you plan to visit Paris! Leave your car in the hotel parking space and explore Paris on foot or with public transport.

 

2.4. Getting to Paris France by bus

All the major cities from Europe are connected via buses. And things are the same when we discuss about Paris.

There are multiple bus stations spread all over the city in which arrive buses from other french cities and even from other countries.

Bus Paris France
Bus Paris

The bus ride might be the cheapest way to travel but for sure it is the most time consuming of all.

I personally don’t recommend you to travel by bus. Instead of going by bus, why don’t you take the train?! It is cheaper than plane tickets but reliable and comfortable!

 

3. Moving around Paris

Let’s start with the beginning! The City of Love is split into 21 arrondissements, each of them offering a different perspective over the city!

The best arrondissements and which I recommend you to visit are:

  • 1st Arrondissement where there are located most of the attractions of the city,
  • 8th Arrondissement where you can find Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees and
  • 11th Arrondissement for those interesting in a vibrant nightlife

The best way to move around the city is by using public transport. It is cheap and efficient.

Bear in mind that the buses, metros and commuter train system or RER are divided into 5 zones.

Champs elysees in Paris
Champs elysees in Paris

Tickets bought are valid for both buses and trains and can be bought from the stations and designated kiosks.

There are many bus stations spread all across the city, so it is impossible not to have one close to your hotel.

1 to 5 days cards are also available at ticket selling point including the ones from the airport.

There is also the Batobus! This is a boat service on the Seine with 8 stops along the Seine river. You can buy a one-way ticket, 2 days ticket or for the whole year.

Pick the one which suits you most!

Another great option to explore the city is by bicycle. Paris is pretty flat, so cycling around is not very difficult.

According to the official reports in Paris are more than 24.000 bicycles and more than 1.800 bicycle parkings! So, it should not be very complicated for you to find a bike in Paris France!

 

4. Best time to visit Paris

Each month of the year is a great time to visit this wonderful city, but the best time to visit Paris is in September and October.

The beautiful colours of the autumn amplify the romance of the place! At least this is what I found out on my own!

Many consider July and August and generally summer the best time to go, but I disagree!

First of all, summer is peak season. Everybody goes to Paris! The city is full of tourists, the queues at the main attractions are huge and the prices go up!

It is difficult to find good accommodation and to pay a reasonable price for a meal at a decent restaurant!

Paris Restaurant Eiffel Tower
Paris Restaurant Eiffel Tower

Fall has a special vibe! The crowds are gone, the landscape is more picturesque and it is a good moment to discover the Parisian charm!

On the other hand, winter is cold and windy! It might also snow a little bit and the days are short! You don’t have enough time to explore the city! And trust me! There are a lot of places to explore!

I know that some of you think about spring as the best time to go to this city but I don’t agree! Yes, the days are long and warm but there are not that charming as the autumn days!

 

5. Where to stay in Paris France

There are thousands of incredible hotels spread all over the city! It is a very tough decision when you have to choose a hotel!

Let me give you some ideas with the places where I stayed:

5.1. Mandarin Oriental

Located in the centre of the city, 250 metres away from the Tuileries Garden and 150 metres from place Vendome, Mandarin Oriental Paris is a „Palace” awarded hotel which stands out because to its great services, luxurious interiors and Michelin star restaurant.

Mandarin Oriental Paris room interior
Mandarin Oriental Paris room interior

This amazing hotel has a huge indoor garden, a bar with a terrace, two restaurants and an amazing spa centre.

Guerlain products for facial and body treatments are available at the spa located at the second floor.

Mandarin Oriental Paris room
Mandarin Oriental Paris room

The 2 stars Michelin restaurant Mésure Restaurant by Thierry Marx serves 5 to 9-course gourmet meals in a fancy atmosphere.

5.2. Monsieur George Hotel & Spa – Champs-Elysées

A brand new hotel with breathtaking views of Paris and Eiffel Tower, Monsieur George Hotel & Spa - Champs-Elysées is one of the best choices when in Paris.

The hotel was opened in 2019 and is located on Champs Elysees, 9 minutes walk from Arc de Triomphe.

Monsieur George Hotel and Spa
Monsieur George Hotel and Spa

This boutique hotel has just 46 rooms, all decorated in a modern style, some of them with balconies, others with a patio hidden between lush vegetation.

Monsieur George Hotel and Spa Room
Monsieur George Hotel and Spa Room

The wellness area with the hammam and spa welcome the guest daily and guarantee you the best services.

The restaurant has a different concept, being in the same time a bar and a restaurant.

The high-quality products served are from local producers and the Asian cuisine influences can be found in most of the dishes!

5.3. Hotel Du Cadran

Hotel Du Cadran  is located in the heart of Paris France, right near the Eiffel Tower was completely renovated in 2018.

Hotel Du Cadran Paris
Hotel Du Cadran Paris

It offers modern interiors with comfortable beds and a tasty breakfast.

Most of the attractions are within a walking distance from the hotel.

Hotel Du Cadran Paris Room
Hotel Du Cadran Paris Room

In the area around the hotel, you can find many restaurants and bars where you can have a meal with your friends and family.

5.4. Maison Souquet

Located in a wonderful Parisian townhouse from Montmarte district, Maison Souquet Paris  is a great option for your overnight stay in Paris.

Maison Souquet Paris Hotel interior
Maison Souquet Paris Hotel interior

The hotel is located close to a metro station and which give you direct access to the Pigalle area and Champs Elysees.

Sip a cocktail in the hotel’s lounge, relax at the indoor pool or take a walk in the winter garden… everything is made for you to relax and enjoy your holiday!

Maison Souquet Hotel room Paris
Maison Souquet Hotel room Paris

You can eat breakfast in the communal area each morning or if you want to be spoiled you can order it into your room.

5.5. Maison Bréguet

This is another great option for your stay in Paris France!

Maison Bréguet Paris is located in the 11th Arrondissement, just 500 metres away from Place de la Bastille.

Maison Breguet Paris Hotel
Maison Breguet Paris Hotel

The rooms are modern and clean and the staff do their best to make your stay amazing!

The food is fresh and tasty and the toiletries are of good quality!

Maison Breguet Paris Hotel Room
Maison Breguet Paris Hotel Room

 

6. What to see

Paris is home to many wonderful attractions. The most popular of all are:

6.1. Eiffel Tower
6.2. The Louvre
6.3. Arc De Triomphe
6.4. Champs Elysees
6.5. Pont Neuf
6.6. Place de la Concorde
6.7. Versailles
6.8. Moulin Rouge
6.9. Seine River Cruise
6.10. The Catacombs
6.11. Notre Dame Cathedral

For more details and tips about visiting each of these attractions read Paris Bucket list: best 10 things to see in Paris.
Here you will find the most important information about each place and how to be one step ahead of the crowds and skip the long and exhausting lines!

Paris Eiffel Tower
Paris Eiffel Tower

Here everything you need to know before visiting Paris France! Pack your bags and hit the road!

The City of Love is waiting for you!