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Destination: Paris Travel Tips

Paris is one of those European cities you can travel all year long! Paris was our first major European city, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts. Discover the history, amazing food, and iconic landmarks all in one place. 

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What to Expect in Paris

Here are some practical things to expect when traveling to Paris, France.

Language: French is the national language. I would recommend downloading Google translate. While English is widely understood, it is always appreciated to try and speak basic French. You will find people are much more welcoming!

Currency: The Euro is used in France.

Cards/ATM’s: Credit Cards are widely accepted and ATMs can be found everywhere. It is always good to have a couple of extra Euros on you for tipping.

Tipping in Paris: Tipping is not necessary, however, it is usually appreciated. Rounding up to the nearest Euro generally is fine.

Power outlets: France sockets are type E sockets.The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend using universal adaptor. 

 Paris Safety: In General, Paris is relatively safe to travel for Solo Female Travelers. Use regular caution and beware of pickpocketers. Never put your belongings down or carry lots of bags (making you look like an easy target).

Getting Around Paris: It’s very easy to get around Paris by using public transportation and traveling around by foot. Check out the app “Citymapper” (which was recommended to us by a local) to help navigate Public transportation and a general Map of Paris. 

Best Time to Visit Paris

Paris is great all year round, particularly during the Spring (68°/46°F) and Fall(78°/55°F). We visited during the Spring and can attest to how lovely Paris is at this time of year. Besides the weather, there are many reasons to visit Paris in the Fall or Spring including fewer crowds!

If you don’t mind the cold or crowds, consider taking a visit during the holidays. The city is absolutely magical at this time of year including the rest of France!

Paris Travel Guides

Below find detailed Paris travel guides to help you plan the perfect itinerary for your visit! These Paris travel guides include tips and tricks for traveling in Paris, places to eat, the must-see areas in Paris you will not want to miss.

If you have extra time in France, check out some awesome day trips from Paris here!

Where to Stay in Paris

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements. Our favorite neighborhood is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. We stayed at an Airbnb in Place Saint-Michel. Other favorite neighborhoods are Le Marais, Eiffel Tower/Champs de Mars, and Champs-Élysées.

Airbnb: We Stayed at an Airbnb in Paris and had a great experience!

Looking for Hotels in Paris: Check here.

How to Get to Paris

You will most likely need to fly into Paris. The main airport is Charles de Gaulle Airport international airport. From this airport. We flew into this airport and found better ticket prices. This airport has easy transportation to the city center of Paris.

The second airport travelers fly into is Orly Airport. This is Paris’s second international airport. This airport is located south of the city, close to Versailles.

To find the best ticket prices, check SkyScanner here. 

Paris Guided Tours

Experience Paris with a guided tour! A really popular tour many travelers do is the free walking tours. You can check them out here! If you pay for any tour in Paris, it should be a ride down the Seine at night! It is absolutely magical watching the Eiffel tower sparkle! Find River cruises here.

Travel Insurance

We never leave without getting travel insurance. Not only does it help you cover delays and cancellations, but it also covers medical issues while abroad. I’ve used medical services twice while abroad and I was so happy knowing I had it. Learn more here!