Visitors have been going to Paris for centuries to enjoy gastronomic delights, incredible architecture, famous galleries and fantastic shopping.
With mild seasons that mirror the UK, there isn't really a bad time to head to Paris. Visitors might want to time their trip to take in an event or festival. June sees the Fete de la Musique take place on the summer solstice, and there is more music to celebrate in July with the Paris Jazz Festival in Parc Floral, featuring live music on Saturdays and Sundays. Also in July is the national holiday of Bastille Day, which is celebrated on the 14th. For sports fans, the Tour de France is a must.
While in Paris, the cost of living is cheaper than in London, and the quality of food is very good. For those planning a budget trip, it is worth visiting the state museums on the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free. Paris is one hour ahead of the UK, and even though it is nearby, not all Parisians speak English, so it is worthwhile learning a few key phrases.
If arriving into Paris at Charles de Gaulle airport, it is simple to get into the city centre. The train takes roughly 30 minutes and costs around 10EUR to Paris-Chatelet les Halles. The Roissybus goes direct to the centre of Paris from the airport, takes approximately an hour, and costs around 11EUR. Taking a taxi will cost around 60EUR. From Orly, take the tram T7 to Villejuif-Louis Aragon and then the Metro. There are buses from Orly. The number 183 bus goes to Porte de Choisy and the Orlybus goes to Denfert-Rochereau for around 8EUR. Les Cars Air France runs shuttle services from both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports into Paris Etoile or Champs-Elysees for under 20EUR. There is also a shuttle service for anyone arriving into Beauvais Airport, which is slightly further out, taking passengers to Porte Maillot for around 17EUR in approximately one hour 15 minutes. Once in Paris, there is a wide range of public transport available, including the Metro, overground trains, buses and trams. Getting around by public transport is cheaper and often faster than taking taxis, especially given that there is often traffic. There is plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation in Paris. There are smaller boutique hotels, averaging around 100EUR per person, per night, as well as larger chains and grand, luxury hotels. It is also possible to find budget options such as bed and breakfasts and hostels.