Travel Tour to the City of Love: Paris
The city that never sleeps. This is the city of love. This is a city for lovers. Yes, we’re talking about Paris, the most romantic city on the planet. Paris is also famed for its stunning modern art, architectural wonders, and beautiful couture. Of course, I can’t ignore the rich history of chocolate.
I fell in love with this city the first time I visited, just like millions of others before me.
Today, Paris is one of the world’s few renowned cities that actually lives up to all the hype. I’ve spent years travelling, organising excursions, and even living in the city. It’s one of my very favourite spots on the planet.
Paris is both famous and vast, with thousands of years of history and a wealth of things to see and do. To see all of Paris would take a lifetime. Fortunately, with a little forethought, the highlights may be seen in just a few days.
This Paris travel guide will assist you in planning your trip, saving money, and making the most of your time in the City of Light!
When to Go
The most popular (and most costly) season to visit Paris is during the summer. While the weather is ideal, this means there will be a lot of people and long lines at the key sites. If you’re coming in the summer, be sure you reserve your lodging and activities ahead of time! The average daily summer temperature is in the mid-20s Celsius (high 70s Fahrenheit).
May-early June and September-October are the finest months to visit. There are less people at these hours, and the weather is still sunny and comfortable. Temperatures are usually about 20-23°C (68-73°F), making this a suitable time to go for a walk outside without putting on too many garments or facing the scorching heat. During these times, prices for lodging and activities tend to be reduced as well.
The Best Way to Get Around Paris
Public transportation – The public transportation system in Paris is one of the most comprehensive and efficient in the world. A metro (subway) station may be found on every other block. The cost of a single-use metro/bus ticket is 1.90 EUR (2 EUR if you buy it on the bus).
The cost of a “carnet” of ten single-use tickets is 14.50 EUR. For between 13.20 and 42.20 EUR, you may obtain a one-day to five-day pass (a ParisVisite) that covers all forms of public transportation (bus, metro, trams, and suburban trains known as the RER). It also offers discounts at a number of famous Parisian attractions. Tickets can be purchased at any metro stop.
Velib’ is the public bike-sharing system in Paris. A single journey costs 3 EUR, a one-day pass costs 5 EUR, and a three-day pass costs 20 EUR. A one-day permit costs 10 EUR if you want to rent an electric bike.
In the city, taxis are pricey (rides cost a minimum of 7.10 EUR regardless of where you are going). There’s little need to ride the subway when it runs late into the night. If at all possible, stay away from them.
Although Uber is accessible in Paris, it is generally superfluous due to the excellent public transit system.
Paris Attractions & Activities
Take a museum tour
There are hundreds of museums worth seeing in Paris. The Musee D’Orsay, the wonderful Rodin Museum, the Holocaust Museum (one of the greatest in the world), the Musee D’Orangerie (additional impressionist stuff), and the intriguing sewage museum are all worth seeing.
A museum pass, which gives you entry to over 50 museums in Paris and the surrounding area, is the most cost-effective way to view them. A two-day pass will set you back 52 EUR, a four-day pass will set you back 66 EUR, and a six-day pass will set you back 78 EUR.
Take a walk down the Champs Elysees
From the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre, this is one of the most recognised avenues in the world. It’s lined with high-end stores and restaurants, and it’s constantly crowded, but it’s a terrific area to go clubbing at night or shopping during the day. Come early in the morning to see the place completely uninhabited. It makes absolutely fantastic photographs.
Pay a visit to the Pantheon
This Neoclassical structure in the Latin Quarter was erected as a church but was converted into a state burial ground for France’s heroes, including Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis Braille, and Voltaire. The cost of admission is 11.50 EUR.
Take a photo in front of the Arc de Triomphe
This monument, located in the heart of the Place Charles de Gaulle, is one of Paris’ most well-known sights. The arch, which was dedicated to those who perished during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, was inaugurated in 1836. Visitors can climb the 284 steps to the top of the Arc for 13 EUR in exchange for panoramic views and historical information about the city.
Attend a Plein Air Film Festival
For this famous outdoor film festival in the 9th arrondissement, Paris sets up an inflatable screen in the Parc de la Villete every July and August. It’s a big hit with the locals, who usually bring food and drink! It’s also free to attend.
Budgets for Backpacking in Paris
If you’re backpacking in Paris, I recommend setting aside roughly 70 EUR every day. This budget allows you to stay in a hostel dorm, make your own meals and have picnics, move around using public transportation, restrict your drinking, and participate in most inexpensive or free activities like as free walking tours and museums.
A daily budget of about 150 EUR covers staying in a private Airbnb room, eating out for the majority of your meals at cheap fast food restaurants, drinking a few drinks, taking the occasional taxi to get around, and paying for more expensive activities such as climbing the Eiffel Tower and visiting the Louvre.
You can stay in a decent hotel, dine out for all of your meals, take more cabs, drink more, and do whatever excursions and activities you choose for a “luxury” budget of 280 EUR or more each day. However, this is only the first layer of luxury. There’s no limit to what you can do!