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Paris

Travel Guide
Eiffel Tower showing a sunset, a monument and heritage architecture

From an afternoon picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens to a night at the opera, France’s romantic capital offers both simple pleasures and extravagant splurges.

In true French style, Paris combines the classic and the modern. Classic landmarks include the ancient Notre Dame cathedral, Arc de Triomphe the Eiffel Tower, and contemporary architectural achievements such as the La Défense district.

The city is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, which spiral clockwise from the city’s center. Paris is also split by the river Seine into the Left and Right Banks. Each arrondissement and area of Paris has its own character and flair. Le Marais is best known for medieval architecture, intimate wine bars and a diverse community. Luxembourg has a special old-world charm, enchanting gardens, and proximity to the upscale St-Germain-des-Prés. Montmartre is famous for its cobbled streets, the Moulin Rouge and magnificent Basilique du Sacré Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart).

Paris is easy to navigate, either by the quick Metro system or taking your time by foot. Meandering through the winding streets, it’s easy to see the French passion for food and wine. There are open-air produce markets, patisserie windows piled with croissants and macaroons, and wine shops with offerings from regional vineyards. Restaurants of all kinds abound: traditional silver service venues, sidewalk cafes and rustic coffee houses.

Paris has fostered many artistic talents, including Édith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Monet and Coco Chanel. It’s known the world over for its museums and galleries such as the opulent Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou Centre’s National Museum of Modern Art. For performance art, spend an evening at the beautifully decorated Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris. Internationally renowned opera and ballet companies perform here regularly.

Fashion, too, is ingrained in the Parisian psyche. Stroll along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to find some of the most revered fashion houses in the world, including Lanvin, Hermes and Dior.

Visitors overwhelmed by all that Paris has to offer should head to the Champs-Élysées. Here you can wander and enjoy the beauty of this famous tree-lined boulevard, stop at Ladurée patisserie for a macaroon, or visit La Maison Guerlain’s shrine to perfume.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Paris page.

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Where to stay in Paris

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
3 out of 5
5 Rue du Voyageur, Roissy-en-France, Val d'Oise
The price is $91 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center, and Usines Centre Outlet ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,225 reviews)
"Proximity to the CDG airport, comfortable bed and quietness."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
50 Avenue De La Fosse Des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $140 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris, and Golf Disneyland® Paris. Disney Village ...
4/5Very Good! (1,260 reviews)
"My 7 year old absolutely loved this place and gave it a star rating of 5 out of 5. He loved the pool, the soft play area, arcade and outdoor park. We stayed here to visit Disneyland but it was difficult to get him to leave the hotel each day because he loved playing there. This is a kids paradise. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Explorers Hotel
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
Aerogare 2 Boite Postale 35051, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
The price is $213 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in Tremblay-en-France, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center, and Église Saint-Éloi ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,017 reviews)
"The front desk staff was wonderful and checked us in quickly. We got a “family” room, which is a queen bed with a single bed for our toddler. The room was very big and had a great view."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
2 rue Edouard Buffard, near Disneyland Paris, Montevrain, Seine-et-Marne
The price is $71 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 12
Situated in the entertainment district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aquatonic Paris Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe. Val d'Europe Shopping Center and ...
3.4/5 (4,982 reviews)
o not recommend staying here!
"Good price. Nice layout. However, the WIFi is the worst I have ever experienced and staff say it's the device or some other BS, but there were 6 of us on this trip and we all had problems; ranging from our smartphones, (incl. iPhones), Apple laptops and other brands, iPad, etc. I would never stay ..."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
4 out of 5
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
The price is $177 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Les Halles, and Notre-Dame. Rue de Rivoli and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,688 reviews)
"Pro: Good location, attentive staff (mostly) excellent kitchen, adequate room. Plenty of storage including the bathroom. Free internet, measured speed 6 mb Con: Only once a week housekeeping. Very low quality towels NO TOILET BRUSH IN BATHROOM"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
5 out of 5
74 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris
The price is $356 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 13
Located in Paris City Center, this luxury residence is within a 5-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Lido, and Avenue Montaigne. Arc de Triomphe and Rue du Faubourg ...
4.2/5Excellent! (344 reviews)
"Half the price of Marriott next door. Excellent location. Very friendly reception staff. Room was amazing. Great veiw. Huge comfy bed. Balcony. Free WiFi, usb charging point. Magnificent bathroom. Kitchen was very usable. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Paris

Getting around Paris is very easy. The famous Paris Metro network is comprehensive, with around 300 stations covering all the key parts of the city. Metro tickets are also valid on other public transportation types, including city buses, the tramway and the RER suburban trainline. Hail a taxi if you are in a rush. Renting a car in Paris isn’t necessary, but you might want to have one for daytrips. Visit the Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration (RATP Group) website. Browse Paris rental cars.

Best time to visit

Paris is a very popular destination at any time of year, but summer in particular can get very busy. Beat the crowds by visiting between September and November or between April and June. Although August is one of the most popular months, this is when temperatures soar and most Parisians are away on vacation. Christmas in Paris is romantic, but make sure you bring warm clothes.

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