Paris, France

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world - millions of people see the “City of Light” each year. Most people visit Paris during the summer months from July through August. This is when schools have breaks and many people take their holidays. Although the weather is pleasant in the summer, the crowds and the hotel room rates are at their peak. If you don’t mind the cold, Paris is beautiful in winter when it is bright with Christmas lights. The best times to visit are the fall months from September to November and the spring months from April to June. There are fewer crowds, the room rates are not as high, and the weather is pleasant.

»Paris Weather & Temperature by Month

Paris Weather & Temperature by Month

Paris Weather in January: It’s the chilliest month of the year in January. Paris’ average high temperature is a cool 45°F (7°C) while the average low temperature is 37°F (3°C).

February sees a slight increase in the high temperature average, which measures in at 46°F (8°C). On the other hand, the low temperature average stays that same at 37°F (3°C).

In March, the average low and average high temperatures also sees a steady increase to 41°F (5°C) and 54°F (12°C) respectively. Expect a lot of rain in March as the rainfall average is on the higher end for the city at 24 mm.

Paris Weather in April: The high temperature averages hit the 60’s for April, 61°F (16°C) to be exact, while 45°F (7°C) is the low temperature average.

May sees the most rainfall out of the entire year with an average precipitation rate of 26 mm. The temperatures increase significantly to 52°F (11°C) for the average low temperature and 68°F (20°C) for the average high temperature.

In June, the climate continues its steady upward climb. The average high and average low temperatures range between 73°F (23°C) and 57°F (14°C).

July is the hottest and sunniest month of the year in Paris with the average high temperature peaking at 77°F (25°C). July receives an average of 10 hours of sunlight per day. The low temperature is 61°F (16°C).

Paris Weather in August: Expect dry weather in August with precipitation levels at their lowest for the year – 16 mm. The average high temperature and average low temperature holds steady at 77°F (25°C) and 61°F (16°C) respectively.

In September, the climate starts to cool off in Paris. The high temperature decreases to 70°F (21°C) while the low temperature sinks to 55°F (13°C).

October receives roughly 25 mm of rainfall and colder temperatures overall. The average low and average high temperatures range between 50°F (10°C) and 61°F (16°C).

Paris Weather in November: The high temperature average decreases considerably in November to 52°F (11°C). Meanwhile, the low temperature average also sees a sizeable drop in temperature to 43°F (6°C).

In December, Paris receives the least sunlight in the entire year with a 3-hour daily average. The average high temperature is a frigid 46°F (8°C) while the average low temperature gets bone-chilling at 37°F (3°C).

To enjoy the perfect Parisian weather, the best time to visit is between June to August when the weather is arguably the most perfect it can get in the year. If you want to visit the most popular of France’s tourist spots without having to deal with the crowds, the best time to come is during the fall or spring season when there is a significant drop in tourism. Travelers looking forward to experiencing the Fete de La Musique or spectate at the Tour de France will benefit from a visit in June while the most affordable hotel rates can typically found between the months of September through November.

»Getting to Paris, France

Getting to Paris, France

Because it is one of the world’s major tourist destinations, there are many ways to get to Paris. By airplane you’ll have the choice of two airports. The Aeroport d’Orly is 11 miles south of the city and is served mostly by European flights. The Aeroport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle is 19 miles northeast of Paris: most long-haul international flights use this airport. Trains are often the best way to visit places in Europe. Paris has six train stations and is connected to cities all over Europe. Driving around Paris can be very challenging: only rent a car if you plan to visit somewhere outside of the city. Eurolines is a bus company with inexpensive fares to Paris.

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»Getting From the Airport

Getting From the Airport

There are several ways to get from the Aeroport d’Orly into Paris. There is a monorail called OrlyVal that takes visitors to the Anthony train station: from here you take the RER B train into the city. Les Cars Air France is a bus that leaves from the airport and makes several stops in Paris. The best way to get from the Aeroport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle is by the RER B train: it takes about 40 minutes to get into the city. There are two companies that run buses from this airport into the city: they are Les Cars Air France and the Roissybus. There are also taxis from both airports but these are expensive.

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»Information for Visitors

Information for Visitors

Visitor information centers are conveniently located at both the Aeroport d’Orly and the Aeroport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle: there are three information centers at the first airport and six at the second airport. First time visitors can get answers to many questions before even leaving the airports. Professionally trained staff will help visitors with questions like where to stay, where to eat, where to shop, what to see and do, and the best ways to get around Paris. There are also visitor information centers conveniently located near tourist attractions in the city. Two of these centers are the Paris Tourist Office’s Main Welcome Center at Pyramides and the Carrousel du Louvre Tourist Welcome Center.

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»Getting Around by Bus

Getting Around by Bus

Some tourists might be daunted by the idea of traveling around a major city like Paris. But it is an excellent way to see the city: many of the bus routes take visitors through the city center, along the Seine River, and through historic areas. There are 59 bus routes and many of the stops are connected with underground Metro stations. Special lanes have been made on many of the main streets and roads in Paris: this has greatly shortened travel time and has made traveling by bus even more convenient. The number of the bus and its terminus are shown above the driver on the front of the bus as well as on the sides.

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»Getting Around by Metro

Getting Around by Metro

The Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) is Paris’ public transportations system: it operates the Metropolitain, more commonly known as the Metro. The Metro is one of the best ways to get around Paris: it is not expensive and can be easily accessed. There are 14 extensive Metro lines that run throughout the city: the lines are simply numbered 1 to 14. There are individual fares and Paris Visite travel cards: these are available in one, two, three, and five day cards. The Paris Visite card can be used on the Metro system as well as on the RER suburban trains and several other forms of transportation.

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»Getting Around by Rail

Getting Around by Rail

The Reseau Express Regional, most often referred to as RER, means Suburban Express Railway. It is an enormous network of train lines that cover Paris and its environs. There are five lines simply called lines A, B, C, D, and E. This system is similar to the Metro system except that it is quicker because there are fewer stops: you can travel the whole way across the city in 15 minutes. The RER runs every day of the week including public holidays. Trains run frequently, although you might have to wait longer for some trains that are going to some of the suburban destinations.

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»Getting Around by bike

Getting Around by bike

Using a bike is another way to get around Paris and see its sights. Velib is a huge public bicycle sharing system in Paris. Its name is a combination of the word velo, or bike, and liberte, or freedom. The name suggest the freedom that comes with riding a bike and using the system. There are approximately 14,500 gray bikes and about 1,230 bicycle stations in Paris and some of the surrounding areas. About 85,000 people use this system every day. To use the system you buy a one day or seven day ticket. You can pick up a bike at any station and return it to any station.

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»Getting Around - on foot, taxi, car

Getting Around - on foot, taxi, car

Using a bike is another way to get around Paris and see its sights. Velib is a huge public bicycle sharing system in Paris. Its name is a combination of the word velo, or bike, and liberte, or freedom. The name suggest the freedom that comes with riding a bike and using the system. There are approximately 14,500 gray bikes and about 1,230 bicycle stations in Paris and some of the surrounding areas. About 85,000 people use this system every day. To use the system you buy a one day or seven day ticket. You can pick up a bike at any station and return it to any station.

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The city of Paris and fantastic food are synonymous: Paris is world-famous for its restaurants and sidewalk cafes. There are expensive fine dining restaurants as well as bistros. Bistros are the casual equivalent of fine dining restaurants and serve traditional French worker’s food at reasonable prices. Many of these bistros serve food made with regional products, sometimes organic. There are boulangeries or bakeries on just about every street corner: here you’ll find freshly baked bread, croissants, and pastries. There are also open-air markets where you can explore and pick up food for a picnic in one of Paris’ beautiful gardens.

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Shopping in Paris is almost as important as eating. Not everyone can afford to shop in famous luxury brand places like Cartier, Baccarat, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and others along the Champs-Elysees. Window shopping is a favorite past time in Paris both for Parisians and visitors. But if you want to actually buy something you’ll want to check out some of the many boutiques and inexpensive French chain stores. You can also find great chocolate shops that offer treats at affordable prices. In addition to clothing and chocolate, some of the things that visitors look for in Paris are antiques, books, cosmetics, jewelry, perfume, and souvenirs.

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»Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide

Paris is a huge city: it consists of over 1,000 square miles. The Seine River runs through the city and divides it in half: the right bank is called the Rive Droite and the left bank is called the Rive Gauche. Paris is further divided into 20 numbered neighborhoods called arrondissements each with its own distinctive ambience. The first of these is in the city center: here you’ll find the Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Gardens, and more. Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chappelle and the Centre Pompidou are located in an area called Le Marais, or the marsh, which is made up of the third and fourth arrondissements. The eighth arrondissement contains the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

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»Getting Married in Paris

Getting Married in Paris

Paris is known as a romantic city: many people want to get married in this beautiful city. If you or your future spouse are French citizens you can have a civil ceremony in France. If both of you are foreigners, it’s best to have the civil ceremony at home, and then follow it up with a religious or secular ceremony in Paris. Luxury hotel wedding venues include the Shangri-La Hotel Paris, Le Meurice, the Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris, and more. The Maison des Polytehniciens is a private mansion with a beautiful garden. The Maison de l’Amerique Latine consists of two connected mansions where weddings can be held in the garden or in one of its reception rooms.

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»Where to Stay

Where to Stay

Paris accommodations range from five star luxury hotels to bed and breakfasts, rental apartments and houses, and even campgrounds. Luxury hotels include the Four Seasons George V Paris, La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Le Cinq Codet, the Mandarin Oriental Paris, and many more. Some of the less expensive hotels are the Villa Fenelon, Bonsejour Montmartre, and the Hotel de la Place des Alpes. An aparthotel is a furnished apartment with the same service that you find in a hotel: some of these include the Domaine de Crecy, the Residence Hipark La Villette, and the Residence Chlorophylle. There are bed and breakfasts like Une Chambre en Ville, Eden Lodge Paris, Mandel, and Fleurs de Soleil.

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