Paris is a city designed for pedestrians. The metro and buses are good transport means. Avoid driving as traffic is difficult.
You come to Paris by car. Avoid driving in Paris as much as you can: Paris traffic is unpredictable and dense, specially at rush hour. Check Paris traffic real time. Book a Paris hotel with private car park or find a public parking in Paris (book your parking space in advance).
You fly to Paris. Paris public transportation from the airport is preferable to taxis specially at rush hour. If you have luggage, use a door to door airport shuttle. Detailed information about Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport and Orly Paris Airport.
It is quite practical to come to Paris by train, specially if you have a super fast train connection, as is the case in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and other european cities. Your arrival station will be in downtown Paris: Gare du Nord (Paris map) from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Koln, Gare de l'Est (Paris map) from Stuttgart, Munchen. Trains from Eastern Europe arrive at Gare de l'Est (Paris map). Trains from Italy arrive at Gare de Lyon (Paris map).
During your stay in Paris, ride the metro and buses. They are easy and safe means of transportation. Most parisians use them daily. To prepare your transportation itinary in Paris, use the metro route finder and RATP bus web site. Some sights outside the city, such as Versailles Palace and Fontainebleau, are only reachable by train.
A great means of transportation in Paris is Velib: you can rent everywhere bicycles at Velib service points for a few euros a day. You can buy a one day ticket or one week ticket online with a credit card. See Velib details.
It is almost impossible to get a taxi on the street in Paris. We recommend you to book a taxi online in advance, specially at rush hour. See G7 (the leader) and Taxi bleu web sites for Paris taxi online booking.
Taxis are relatively cheap in Paris. It will be more expensive when you get out of Paris to places like Versailles Palace, Charles de Gaulle Airport or Disneyland Paris as you enter a different tariff zone (evaluate the cost of your taxi ride).