Everything you need to know about getting to and around Paris

Getting Here

Planning a holiday to Paris can be stressful, but not for lack of choice. Paris is the world’s number one tourist destination and a major European air and rail hub, so travellers are virtually flooded with offers for flights, travel packages, and rail options to pick through. Momondo is a great place to start if you’re looking at flying, RailEurope will help you find the best rail deals

Getting Around

Walking

One of the most interesting ways to explore any city is walking, and Paris is no different. Arm yourself with a good street map and a pair of comfortable shoes, and who knows what you might find round that corner?

Walking Tours

If you’re short on time and want to see specific sights, a walking tour is a great way to see the city. You can choose different themed tours depending on your preferences, and there’s no chance of taking a wrong turn and getting lost!

The metro

One of the oldest metro systems in the world, the Paris metro runs for most of the day (5am to 12:30am), and once you’ve got the hang of the system you can travel all over Paris using it. Tickets can be bought at the ticket booth in the station one at a time, by ten or by 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, Le Paris Viste tickets for tourists. There are also weekly and monthly tickets called the Carte Orange. It’s a travel pass good for unlimited travel on the Paris metro and bus network.

Metro Station

The RER Train

For a more traditional mode of transport you can also use your Metro tickets on the RER train line in the centre of Paris, but if you want to use it to travel further out of the city you’ll need to buy another ticket. This is the most common way to travel from the Charles de Gaulle airport. The RER “B” train line runs north-south through the centre of Paris and is the cheapest way to reach Paris from CDG airport. The journey takes 32 minutes to/from Paris-Gare du Nord and leave around every 15 minutes.

Charles de Gaulle airport has two train stations

  • “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1″ for terminal 1 and terminal 3.
  • “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2-TGV” for terminal 2 (A, B, C, D, E, F, G).

Buses

The bus system in Paris is superb, and with the added bonus of seeing the sights of the city whilst you travel. Buses tend to only run from 6:30am to 8:30pm, but you’ll find some that don’t stop running until 12:30am for the night owls among us.

Taxis

Finding a taxi in Paris is easy, either find one of the many taxi stands throughout the city or hail a taxi with its light on in the street. Relatively cheap and easy to find after a night out, taxis are a good way to travel around the city.

Boat

For a slow, luxurious journey up the Seine, try the Batobus. With eight stops at the most visited sight in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, it’s a good way to combine getting around with sightseeing.

Batobus bastille

Driving

Like many big European cities, Paris isn’t really a place to drive through if you’re a visitor. Not only can it be scary for the uninitiated, there’s really no need for a car. If you’re visiting from outside Paris, park your car somewhere on the outskirts and use another mode of transport to get around.

Biking

You can easily rent bikes in Paris and it’s a fun and energetic way to see the city. Ask for a map of cycle routes when you hire the bikes, and you’ll see a whole different side of Paris.

Horse and carriage

For a truly romantic and special occasion, why not try a horse and carriage round around Paris. Admittedly, this method is probably not for everyday sightseeing, but for a special tour around all the major sights with a loved one, this is probably the choice for you.

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