Paris is the city of love, the centre of fashion and style - and its museums and galleries contain enough masterpieces to keep you busy for days. By night, its bars, restaurants and clubs offer endless variety.
Best seasons in Paris
You will find that Paris is fascinating all year round. June brings the annual Fête de la Musique, with free performances on street corners, in city squares and in venues across Paris. There's outdoor jazz in the Parc Floral in July, with concerts every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm. The famous Tour de France cycle race brings the city to a complete halt when it finishes on the Champs-Élysées in late July. Bastille Day is celebrated with parades and fireworks on 14 July and is an unforgettable experience.
Prepare for your trip
There's free admission to all state-run museums on the first Sunday of every month. As you'd expect in France, food of all types is of excellent quality and if you choose carefully you can eat at surprisingly low costs. The cost of living in general is cheaper than in London. Paris time is an hour ahead of that in the UK.
Getting around, hotels and local information
If you're arriving at Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, a train on the RER network gets you to Paris-Chatelet les Halles station in about half an hour and costs around EUR 10. Roissybus takes you to Opéra in an hour and costs ca. €11. A taxi from Charles de Gaulle costs about EUR 60. From Orly, you can take tram T7, headed to Villejuif - L.Aragon, or the 183 bus to Porte de Choisy. The Orlybus goes to Denfert-Rochereau and "Les Cars Air France" go to Gare Montparnasse or Etoile. Taxis are about €50. From Beauvais airport there's a shuttle service to Paris Porte Maillot for about €17. Beauvais airport is 80km from Paris; taxis are very expensive. From Paris-Le Bourget airport, take the 152 bus to La Courneuve - 8 Mai 1945 station, and from there tram 7 or 350 bus to Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord or Porte de la Chapelle. An airport shuttle runs to Le Bourget-Station where you can take the RER B.
Accommodation isn't cheap in Paris, with typical boutique hotels charging about €100 per person, per night. More expensive hotels are available - and hostels are significantly cheaper.
One tip is always to try a few words of French - it will be much appreciated!