Here’s our Essential PARIS Travel Guide, giving you EVERYTHING you need to know to travel better on your own Parisian adventure! We're including food, transport, money, tips from the locals, and a whole lot more!
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Well, it’s all here for you in your essential guide to Paris!
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I’m Dan with Holiday Extras Travel Guides, and this time we’re here to help you travel better in Paris.
Coming up we have food, transport, money, some tips from the locals, and a whole lot more!
But first here’s some more about the city!
Paris is one of my favourite places in the whole world. With its grand boulevards, friendly locals, and first class cuisine, this city really has it all!
One of the best bits about Paris is how close it is!
Paris is connected to London by the Eurostar. Trains depart from St Pancras International in London, stop off at Ebbsfleet International, and Ashford International in Kent along the way. Trains start running at 5.40am and run every 60 - 90 minutes until 8.00pm.
You’ll need your passport and ticket ready to pass through airport style security and board the train.
However you can two bags, and there’s no weight restrictions to worry about! There’s an onboard cafe that sells hot food and drinks, and modern trains even have wifi. All in all the journey takes about two and half hours.
The EuroStar arrives at Paris Gare Du Nord, from here you can take the metro or a taxi to your hotel. We’ll have more on the Metro later!
Now if you’re flying in…
There are routes from most airports in the UK, and a flight will take between 1 - 2 hours, you’ll either land in Charles De Gaulle in the North East, or the Smaller Paris Orly in the South.
To get into the city from Charles De Gaulle airport, you can take Line B of the RER, trains take about 35 minutes to Paris Gare Du Nord, where you can find connections to the Metro and other public transport.
From Orly Airport you can connect to Line B of the RER line as well. Although you’ll need to take the Orly Val Shuttle Service from the airport to Antony train station first.
However, both airports are served by Air France’s transfer buses. There are two lines from Charles de Gaulle into the city, one from Paris Orly and a line that connects the two.
As with most cities we recommend getting around on foot, besides being eco-friendly, it’s a great way to get a feel for the city.
But just bear in mind that Paris is big. Like, really big. A walk from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame will take about an hour. Fortunately, if you’re strapped for time then there are lots of really good public transport links.
The subway system is split into the Metro and RER lines. Tickets will work across both so you can treat it as one big underground network. In our experience, it served a purpose which was to us around the city quickly. It’s just not the cleanest.
The Metro has 16 lines, each with a different colour while the five RER lines are assigned the letters A, B, C, D and E. RER and Metro trains run every day from 6 am until half past midnight.
As for tickets a single will cost you €1.90, we brought a book of 10 for €14.50. Now there are weekly and monthly passes available, but in my opinion, they’re just a faff! You need a Passport photo, and everything else, so I just say a book of ten is the way forward!