How to plan your trip to Paris?

Paris - Exterior of the Louvre Museum, France
Paris - Exterior of the Louvre Museum, France (c) Can Stock Photo

Paris, the eternal city of love

"I'm going to Paris": this is the phrase that many people would like to say this summer. If you are one of the lucky ones who decided this year to visit the French capital, you will have to make a series of preparations.

Like all trips, the first step is to book the trip and accommodation; then more practical aspects will come, such as what to wear or how to get around the city. We are going to help you a bit to make this process easier. So you can focus on what matters most: plan your route and start enjoying.


The first ones that you will have to study is how to get to Paris. The choice of means of transport will depend on your place of origin, but the proposals are multiple: airplane, car, train, bus. You just have to choose the one that best suits your needs and pockets.

If the stay is going to be short, it will be better to opt for the plane to be able to take advantage of the time. Traveling at night in a Talgo or take the AVE in Barcelona is also a good alternative, but you have to take into account the prices. A flight low cost surely you will find it more profitable. The important is book in advance and take advantage of the offers.

Accommodation, where do I look?

Staying in the French capital is not exactly cheap, nor are transport and food. The most expensive areas are the surroundings of Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Opera or Louvre, which is where the main monuments of the city are located. Prices moderate a bit in areas like Montparnasse, Quartier Latin, Saint Germain des Prés, Marais or the BastilleWhere you can find Rooms by 80 or 90 €.

In the neighborhood Montmartre the hotels are much more affordable, but it is a bit far from the center and at night it is not too safe. The 13 district also has good-value hotels, especially along the Boulevard Saint-Marcel. It is an old restored working area well connected at transport level.

If you do not mind sharing a room and bathroom, the most economical option is hostels or hostels. Another possibility is to look for a room in a private house or to decide for a hotel on the outskirts of the city.

For practical purposes, we will tell you that cheap hotels often do not have an elevator or, if they have one, it is very small. The rooms are also small, so it is better to travel with the right amount. Carrying a suitcase upstairs can be a real nuisance.

Moving around Paris

The capital is divided into 20 districts, but the best-served areas are in the distributors from 1 to 8. There the transport network is wide and it is easy to get around by metro, bus or on foot. The fastest means is the metro; 10 travel bonuses can be purchased that also include bus and some train lines.

Best time

Paris is appealing at any time of the year, but for the purposes of climatology it is best to choose the spring and the months of September and October. The summers are very hot and the winters are freezing. It is advisable to always wear a raincoat, because it usually drizzles frequently.


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