Our mission is to help you make the most of your trip to Paris: first, plan your trip, then get the most of it while you are in the city. Check our over 200 pages on the City of Lights. We update them regularly. We wish you a great trip to our loved city.
The top seven things to do in in the City of Lights: shopping, sights, art, music, sports.
French food is a good reason for a trip to Paris with a choice of 13000 restaurants.
The quality gap between hotels in the city is huge. There are also plenty of flats to rent.
Concerts, theaters, bars and cabarets are plenty in town. The best nightlife districts.
Avoid driving in the city. Traffic is unpredictable and dense in downtown. Metro is convenient.
Roland-Garros, the Marathon and Tour de France are the top sports events.
We have many city and metro maps. Pages on sights include their location on the map.
Combine business and leisure in the city. Business trip tips. Business facts.
The city is so diversified each season is great and has its own advantages. Plan your trip in fall or winter if you want to best enjoy the city life. December, Christmas and New year add the magical illuminations on Champs-Elysées. Shopping is great during the sales season in January and June. Outdoor sightseeing to admire monuments and gardens are best in May, June and September, when the weather is normally rather sunny and dry. In the summer, the weather is warm and traffic less intense, specially in August when many Parisians are on vacation. But the top attractions are crowded and life in the city is at a minimum, specially between August 1st and 15th. As in many touristic cities, avoid the touristic season.
You may very well drive to the city, as long as you have a parking there. The circular freeway around the city, called the peripherique, is a nightmare at most times of the day. Avoid absolutely driving your car in the city. Many streets are narrow and best for pedestrians. The city is limiting traffic as much as they can by installing bus and bike lanes. If you need so, park your car in the convenient underground parkings. Walking is the best transport means during a trip to Paris. Metro, buses have a dense network.
Most international travelers fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport,Europe's second-busiest airport. What used to be one of the worst airports is now one of the bests with terminals 2 E and 2 G and the revamping of most terminals. Charles de Gaulle Airport is connected to Paris 4 times an hour from 5am to 12pm by metro. The metro ride to Gare du Nord train station lasts 25 minutes. There are two metro stations: Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 and Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2.
For nationals of the European Union, a national identity card is enough. Travelers from other countries must carry a valid national passport and one other identification document.
Visas are not required for visitors staying less than 90 days who are U.S. citizens, European Union nationals, citizens of Canada or New Zealand.
Check official website of French government for more information on visa requirements to enter France.
European Union nationals have no limit on purchases of goods for personal use, except for new vehicles and purchases by mail. There is a recommended limit of 800 cigarettes, 10 liters of spirits and 90 liters of wine.
Citizens of other countries may be subject to duties when bringing goods back to their country. Check with local customs regulations before leaving. Many high-end stores, including the Department Stores, have a duty free counter that helps with custom formalities.