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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘bonjour ’
( bon-zhoor )
Best time to go
Year round
Current Time
GMT +1

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €25–50
  • Espresso/glass of wine/demi (half-pint of beer)/cocktail: from €2/3.50/3.50/9
  • Metro ticket: €1.90
  • Baguette sandwich: €4.50–6.50
  • Frequent free concerts and events
  • Double room: €130–250
  • Two-course meal: €20–40
  • Admission to museums: free to around €15
  • Admission to clubs: free to around €20
Top end (more than)
  • Double room at historic luxury hotel: from €250
  • Gastronomic-restaurant menu: from €40
  • Private two-hour city tour: from €150
  • Premium ticket to opera/ballet performance: from €160


Generally no restrictions for EU citizens. Usually not required for most other nationalities for stays of up to 90 days.

When to go and weather


Getting to Paris

Few roads don't lead to Paris, one of the most visited destinations on earth. Practically every major airline flies through one of its three airports, and most European train and bus routes cross it.

On public transport, children under four years travel free and those aged four to nine years (inclusive) pay half price; exceptions are noted.

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com.

Flights to Paris

The best price found from United States to Paris is on June 18th, 2019, travelling with Austrian Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Wichita Mid-Continent
from $396.00
Paris Orly

Getting around Paris

Walking is a pleasure in Paris, and the city also has one of the most efficient and inexpensive public-transport systems in the world, making getting around a breeze.

  • Metro & RER The fastest way to get around. Metros run from about 5.30am and finish around 1.15am (around 2.15am on Friday and Saturday nights), depending on the line. RER commuter trains operate from around 5.30am to 1.20am daily.
  • Bicycle Virtually free pick-up, drop-off Vélib’ bikes have docking stations across the city; electric bikes are also available.
  • Bus Good for parents with prams/strollers and people with limited mobility.
  • Boat The Batobus is a handy hop-on, hop-off service stopping at nine key destinations along the Seine.

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