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.

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.

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Start Planning Your Visit:  Do These Things First

Decide When to Come

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

Best time to Visit Paris

When to visit?  Here are the most important things to consider when planning your trip to Paris

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

Crowd waiting in line at Eiffel Tower in Paris

When NOT to Come!

Huge events mean sold-out hotels, long ticket lines, & packed restaurants.  Find the times to avoid

Plan Your Trip

Quiet Paris street in the 8th arrondissement near Chapelle Expiatoire

Decide where to stay

Which neighborhood is best for your visit? 

Air France airplane

Reserve Your Flight

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

Eiffel Tower in Paris photographed from Seine River cruise

Book Tours & tickets

Save time & money with skip-the-line tickets 

What to Do & See in Paris

More Planning Tools for You to Use

Before You Leave Home: More to Know

Newstand near Grand Palais in Paris

Packing Tips for Paris

What to bring, what to wear in Paris

Electrical outlet in Paris

Electric Power in Paris

Bring a converter, or just an adapter?

Bonjour - French for "hello"

Essential French

Learn these 10 easy French words & phrases

Once You Arrive in Paris: What You Need to Know

Transportation & Money Essentials

Roissy bus near Opera

CDG Airport To Paris

Best transportation options from CDG Airport into the city


French Money

Everything you need to know about getting & using Euros in Paris

Cafe Le Nemours near Palais Royal

Tipping in Paris

Who should you tip?  And how much?

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

Cruise boat on Seine River

10 Fun Ways to See Paris

Walking tours, cruise boats, hop-on/hop-off buses, segways, bicycles 
Find out more

Rue Royale street sign showing arrondissement number

Arrondissements Explained

Each of Paris's 20 districts has its own personality, attractions, things to do
Find out more

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