Paris Essentials

Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Successful Trip to Paris

The secret to a successful trip is plenty of advance planning - and then knowing how to get around once you arrive.  

Here is all the essential Paris information you need to decide when to visit, what to pack, what to do before you come, and how to get from the airport to the city.

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You'll also find plenty of tips about finding your way around the city, including where to get the best maps, recommendations for useful guidebooks, and getting around on the famous Paris Metro (as well as how to see the city on wheels, by water, and on foot).

Plus, be sure to check out the information about French money, tipping, and even 10 easy-to-learn French words and phrases essential to having a great experience.

Paris Essentials:  Plan Your  Visit

Decide When to Come

Magnolias blooming in Jardin du Palais Royal in early spring in Paris

Best time to Visit Paris

Here are the most important things to consider when planning your visit  . . .
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February in Paris - Rue Montgoreiul

Which Season is Best?

Spring or Fall?  June or December? Everything you need to know to pick the right season for your visit . . .  More

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Crowd waiting in line at Eiffel Tower in Paris

When NOT to Come!

Huge events mean sold-out hotels, long lines at popular attractions, and packed restaurants - find the times to avoid . . .
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Plan Your Trip

Quiet Paris street in the 8th arrondissement near Chapelle Expiatoire

Decide where to stay

Hotel or apartment?   Budget or luxury?  Which neighborhood is best? . . . More

Air France airplane

Reserve Your Flight

Find great deals on airfare - it's easier than you think! . . . More

Eiffel Tower in Paris photographed from Seine River cruise

Book Tours & Attractions in Advance

Why booking ahead saves you time, money, and aggravation . . . More

More Planning Tools for You to Use

Before You Leave Home

Newstand near Grand Palais in Paris

Packing Trips for Paris

What to bring, what to wear in Paris . . . More

Electrical outlet in Paris

Electric Power in Paris

Bring a converter, or just an adapter? . . . More

Bonjour - French for "hello"

Essential French Words

Learn these 10 easy French words & phrases . . . More

Paris Essentials:  When You Arrive

Decide When to Come

Roissy bus near Opera

Getting from CDG TO Paris

Best transportation options from CDG Airport into the city . . .
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Euros

French Money

A quick guide to getting & using Euros in Paris . . . More

Cafe Le Nemours near Palais Royal

Tipping in Paris

Who should you tip?  And how much? . . . More

Paris Essentials:  You're Here!  Now What?

Fun Ways to See Top Paris Attractions


Getting Around in Paris

Paris Metro sign

Getting around on the Paris Metro

How to use the Paris subway system - how to get tickets (and what type to get), maps, & more . . . Find out more

Batobus on Seine River in Paris

10 Fun Ways to See Paris

Spring or Fall?  June or December? Everything you need to know to pick the right season for your visit . . . Find out more

Rue Royale street sign showing arrondissement number

Arrondissements Explained

Huge events mean sold-out hotels, long lines at popular attractions, and packed restaurants - find the times to avoid . . . Find out more

Other Essential Information for Your Trip to Paris