With its architectural beauty and its wealth of cafes, restaurants, fashion boutiques, museums and glittering nightspots, Paris is one of the most glamorous cities in the world, the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a shopping spree. Finding a cheap flight to Paris is made easy when you compare prices first.
Its plethora of attractions and entertainment means that Paris can be visited with pleasure all year round. During the summer months, there are various festivals such as the Fête de la Musique in June and the Paris Jazz Festival in July, which takes place in Parc Floral, with live acts every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm. The highlight of the city's sporting calendar is the Tour de France, a marathon cycling race with a long history, and a key holiday of note is 14th July, Bastille Day.
Paris is one hour ahead of UK time. Despite the exceptional quality of its food and wine, the French capital is actually cheaper than London when it comes to the daily cost of living. It's also worth noting that there is free admission to the city's state museums on the first Sunday of every month. In general, Parisians tend to speak only a smattering of English, so visitors are recommended to learn a few words or phrases of French.
Visitors can travel by train from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris-Chatelet les Halles on the RER B in about 30 minutes and for a cost of around 10EUR. Alternatively, the Roissybus to Opéra takes approximately an hour, with tickets priced in the region of 11 EUR, while a taxi will be about 60 EUR. From Orly, options include the T7 tram to Villejuif - L.Aragon; the 183 bus to Porte de Choisy; the Orlybus to Denfert-Rochereau. Taxis are also available, with fares from 50 EUR. Passengers from Beauvais-Tillé can catch a shuttle service to Paris Porte Maillot. The journey takes approximately one hour, fifteen minutes and is priced ca. 17 EUR. As the airport is located around 80km from Paris, taxis are very expensive. To reach the city centre from Paris-Le Bourget, visitors can take the 152 bus to the station "La Courneuve - 8 Mai 1945", and from there board the number 7 tram. The 350 bus stops at the Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord and Porte de la Chapelle, or there is the airport shuttle to "Le Bourget" station, followed by a journey on the RER B.
Public transport options within Paris range from the Metro underground system and the RER system of overground trains to buses and trams, these being cheaper and faster than taxis. Heavy traffic on the Paris roads means that you should allow extra time for travelling by car.
The French capital has no shortage of high-end luxury hotels, but there are also hostels for those on a budget, while the typical Paris hotel is of the small boutique type, with prices starting from around 100 EUR per person, per night.