What to know before visiting Paris?

Eiffel Tower Pictures
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Visa for a short stay in France
U.S. and Canadian citizens planning to travel to France for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter France. A valid passport is sufficient.

Exceptions exist for:

  • Journalists traveling to France on assignment
  • Crew Members on short-term assignment (film crews, etc.)
  • Individuals holding diplomatic or official passports

European Union members do not require visas to enter France, and may stay in France without limitation.
All other nationalities: France tourist visa is required

When to Visit Paris

Every season here has its own charisma and drawbacks– as anywhere else!
For the first time visitors , “Paris in the springtime” is the obvious choice but its drawbacks are expensive tour packages and over crowed places. Visiting paris in fall or winter is also wroth while as paris has many events and celebrations which brings the city to life.

Paris Weather

Paris has a temperate climate, between the oceanic one of the west and semi-continental one of the east. Winters are mild and summers gentle.

Getting to Paris

Flights to Paris
From the three airports of London, Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airport, you can avail numerous cheap flights of different airlines, flying to Paris.
Paris has two major international airports: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

Eurostar London to Paris
International flights to London can be cheaper than flights to Paris. In order to cut costs on travel flying into London and then heading on to Paris by Eurostar gives you the option of spending a day or two in London. The Eurostar bullet train connects London St. Pancras station to Paris Gare du Nord in only 2 hours and 15 minutes. Eurostar is a high-speed passenger rail service connecting London with Paris and Brussels.

Traveling by Eurostar to paris is a trilling experience.The high-speed Eurostar train takes two hours 15 minutes to Paris.

Paris Attractions

On arrival at Gare du Nord you can join hop-in/hop-off tour of paris. Hop off the bus at the Louvre, to visit world most famous art gallery, or the Eiffle Tower for some wonderful views, have Champagne lunch on the Eiffel Tower,various tour operators provide fast entry access to the Altitude 95 restaurant where we enjoy a glass of Chanpagne followed by a fabulous two course lunch served with wine.

Enjoy the sites of paris with a magical guided cruise on the River Seine. The perfect way to see Notre Dame, Le Lourve, Musee D’Orsay and fabuloue bridges that span the river.

You can also take atout of Notre dame with an optional tour of le Louvre- see the Mona Lisa. In the evening head back to gare du Nord for return journey to London.

Or stay over night in paris. Have a whole next free for shopping and exploring paris or spend the day st Disneyland Paris. Last train leaves from paris at 9:13 PM (local paris time) and reaches London at 10:43 PM ( local london time). If you plan to have a long holiday in Paris, You can use Paris metro or Vélib to explore Paris.

Getting Around Paris

Paris metro
The Paris metro is the quick, easy and best value way to get around Paris. It has around 300 stations,16 lines, numbered from 1 to 14, and their entrances marked by a big yellow “M”. Maps are readily available at stations and for an idea of your journey time, allow an average of 2 minutes per station and add 5 minutes for each connection.

The metro operates daily including public holidays from around 6am to 0.30am. A single metro ticket costs €1.60, and can get to your destination including all connections, but not back. White-coloured tickets can be purchased singly or in a book of 10 (“carnet”) for €11.40, at the ticket offices or machines in metro stations, and also in some tobacconists. These tickets are also valid on the buses but if purchasing on the bus, be sure to have the correct change.

Vélib is a public bicycle rental programme in Paris, France launched on 15 July 2007. Each Vélib’ service point/station is equipped with an automatic rental terminal and stands for dozens of bicycles. Maps showing the station locations are available at all kiosks.

In order to use the system, users need to take out a subscription, which allows the subscriber an unlimited number of rentals. Subscriptions can be purchased at €1 per day, €5/week or €29/year.
With a subscription bike rental is free for the first half-hour of every individual trip; an unlimited number of such free trips can be made per day. A trip that lasts longer than 30 minutes incurs a charge of €1 to €4 for each subsequent 30-minute period. The increasing price scale is intended to keep the bikes in circulation.