Paris, the capital of France, is close enough for a day trip and exotic enough that it feels a world away from the daily grind of home. A bustling and metropolitan city, Paris is the very model of a modern capital city.
When to plan a visit
Paris is a joy to visit at any time of year, as the weather tends to be rather close to our own. During the summer is when the city celebrates the most, with music festivals throughout June and July, the annual Tour de France cycling competition, and of course - Bastille day, celebrating the anniversary of the French Revolution and held on July 14th every year.
Before you go...
You won't need to worry about losing track of time - France is only one hour ahead of the UK, so it's easy to adjust to local time. You should try to pick up a little French before you leave, or invest in a good phrasebook, as many French people only speak very little English.
While you're there...
There are plenty of options when travelling in and around the city, with the metro, overground trains (RER), buses and trams. Taxis are an option for those with a little more cash, as are car rentals. Be aware however that traffic jams are common when travelling by car, so make sure to leave plenty of time.
Travel to the city itself is simple enough, with trains running from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris-Chatelet les Halles every thirty minutes and costing about ten Euros. Taxis are also available, for around sixty euros for a single trip. From Beauvais, there is a shuttle service to Porte Maillot, costing around 15 euros for a 1 hour 15 minutes trip; taxis are also available, but as the airport is around 80 km from the city, they run expensive. From Paris-Le Bourget, a bus is available to La Courneuve Station, and from there travellers can catch either a bus or a tram Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord or Porte de la Chapelle.
For those staying overnight, typical Parisian hotels are small Boutique Hotels, with prices starting at around 100 euros a night. There are places for all budgets though, right from cheap hostels for backpackers to the glitz and glamour of luxury hotels.