is the complete guide to Paris

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Where to stay in Paris?

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements. Historical center includes arrondissements 1 to 8.

The best arrondissements to stay for a tourist are:

Try to avoid the arrondissements near the train stations (10th and 11th), as well as outer arrondissements 19 and 20 and suburbs. 

More about the good and the bad of the arrondissements you can find here.

Check the hotel prices in Paris

Getting to Paris

The easiest way to get to Paris is a flight. To get a lower price you need to make a booking in advance. This is also true for trains if you are traveling from another European city. To find the ticket prices check this link. Trains arrive at trainstations in the center of Paris. But the airports are quite far outside the city.

Paris airports

There are 3 airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. Charles de Gaulle is the biggest and busiest airport of France. The journey from CDG to the center of Paris takes approximately 45 minutes by the suburban train RER B. One one-way ticket costs 12 euros.

A taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris costs €55-60. You can book a taxi in advance using this link.

Low-cost airlines like Ryanair land at Beauvais Airport. You can buy a discounted ticket to Paris from the airport here.

Paris tours

The most concentrated tour of Paris is a cruise on the Seine with an audio guide. You will see all the famous sights from a nice angle in just an hour. The route includes the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and other sights. Check the tickets for pleasure boats here.

You will see even more sights during the trip on the hop-on-hop-off bus. Get off at stops, take pics with the best monuments, and continue the tour throughout the day. You can get tickets for sightseeing buses here.

The best way to fully immerse yourself in Paris is to take a walk. And the best assistant will be our TouringBee app. All walking tours in Paris are accompanied by interesting stories. We offer you a sightseeing tour of the city center or a Montmartre route for the price of a cup of coffee. All routes are author’s, they will help to see Paris through the eyes of local residents. Download the audio guide app from this link.

Listen to an excerpt from our tour right here:

Another great way to get to know Paris is cycling. Read this article on how to rent a bike. We offer you the best cycling routes for independent trips here. To participate in an organized bike tour with a guide, please contact our partners at this link.

Important tips before visiting Paris

Read about organizing a vacation in Paris here: 1 day, 2 days and a week in Paris.

What is a must-do in Paris?

A great audio-guided sightseeing tour that takes no effort at all. Book in advance here so you don’t have to wait in line.

One can conquer the main symbol of Paris on foot and by elevator. The main thing is to buy a ticket in advance.

A beautiful avenue with hundreds of luxury stores and restaurants stretches from the center of Paris to the Arc de Triomphe. Climb it for a panoramic view of the city with the Eiffel Tower.

At least one day should be devoted entirely to the carousels, especially if you are in Paris with children. Tickets are sold online only.

Paris’ most romantic neighborhood is fun and convenient to explore with an audio guide. This tour is several times cheaper than a group tour, but gives you the freedom as a personal tour guide.

Great food is an integral part of the French art of living. Try French wines and cheeses, coffee and desserts, national specialties: foie gras, truffles, oysters, frog legs, snails, mussels.

The Louvre Museum has a huge collection of unique objects of art. To be sure that you can enter it, book a ticket in advance. An audioguide will help you to experience the beauty and culture.

Learn how French monarchs lived, in which bedrooms they slept, in which gardens they walked. A ticket with full access to all parts of the estate is on sale here. Book a guided tour with transfers here.

It’s hard to find a more Parisian ending to your day! You can’t buy tickets for today at the box office, so book it in advance.

Behind the glitz of the capital in Paris, it’s hard to see the real France. But just an hour away are the picturesque provincial towns of Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Alsace, and many ancient castles on the Loire River.

Top sights in Paris

Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Disneyland are probably the most famous attractions of Paris. In our articles you will find dozens of interesting places and museums.

Eiffel tower

Every tourist in Paris wants to see the Eiffel Tower. However, you need to plan your visit in advance, because all tickets are sold with a date and time of entry. If they run out, even standing in line will not help. The cost of tickets to the tower increases depending on the floor you want to go to. If you don’t already have tickets for the day you want, book your visit here!

Paris museums

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. But Paris is proud of not just Mona Lisa. There is also the world-famous Musée d’Orsay and the Pompidou Center, as well as many small, cozy and interesting museums.

If you want to visit several museums, check out the Museum Pass special offer at this link.

And here you can download our audio guide to the Louvre. You can listen to an excerpt here:

Royal Palace of Versailles

A separate point worth noting is Versailles. It is the former royal palace, and now a museum with a luxurious Mirror Gallery and huge gardens with fountains. Versailles is located 30 km from Paris, in our article you can find out in advance how to get there. There are several types of tickets to visit Versailles. At this link we will figure out which one is good for you.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is actually located outside of Paris. If you are going there for a few days, then it is better to choose a hotel nearby. Find out how to get to the Disney Hero Parade and watch the fireworks at Disneyland in our tips articles.

Tickets for Disneyland can be found here.

Paris with kids

There are many entertainments for kids in Paris: carousels, fairs, museums, river boat rides, a hot air balloon. Children also enjoy the zoos of Paris and the science museum in the Parc de la Villette.

» READ MORE33 tips for traveling to Paris with children

Moulin Rouge

Parisian cabarets are a great show, a great dinner, and a fascinating trip back in time to an elegant era. The most famous cabaret is the Moulin Rouge. Tickets for tonight are never available at the box office, so book in advance. If you’re not going to dinner, take the champagne anyway. Find out more about all the cabarets in Paris at this link.

Paris for couples

Montmartre is the most romantic area of Paris. We have an audioguide for the area and you can download it from this link. And here are some tips for romantic walks in Paris.

Paris metro

The Paris metro seems confusing at first sight, but it is a very convenient mode of transport. There are metro stations everywhere in the city, and trains run quite often. Read about tickets and travel cards in the Paris metro in our articles.

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