Ah Paris, the city of love. Arguably one of the most famous cities in the world, Paris is expansive, picturesque and bustling with tourists and locals alike. The streets are clean and surrounded by gorgeous historic buildings, and tall trees gape over sidewalks.
The centre of the city is not very modern, and apart from the business district, skyscrapers are practically non-existent. Until the early 2000s, local laws also restricted the height of buildings, allowing the Eiffel Tower to, well, tower over the entire city and at night the beams of light can be seen from miles away.
How to get there
Being the capital of France, Paris is easy to get to. Flixbus has direct connections to multiple cities in each neighbouring country – check out their route map here.
Trains also run direct from all neighbouring countries and beyond. Best place to check schedules is OUI.sncf.
There are 3 main airports servicing Paris:
Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris’s main international airport.
Catch the Roissy Bus toward Opéra Station.
Trip time: 60min
Total cost: €11
Orly Airport – Paris’s second international airport.
Catch the Orly Bus toward Rochereau
Trip time: 30min
Total cost: €7.50
Beauvais-Tillé Airport – the airport of Beauvais & closest to Disneyland
Catch the Airport Shuttle toward Paris Porte Maillot
Trip time: 75min
Total cost: €17
How to get around
The Paris Metro is 214km maze under the city, with 16 different lines. If you’re wanting to go anywhere in the city, the metro will get you there. A single ticket costs around €2 or a package of 10 costs €14.90.
While most of the key landmarks are easily accessible via metro, if you are feeling lively, you can walk to several in one day and get a real feel for the city.
Where to eat
Monoprix: Supermarket with a wide selection of groceries and pre-prepared hot meals.
Chez Bogato: Delicious sweets and they sell novelty macaroons shaped like a burger!
Bouillon Chartier: Great traditional restaurant with delicious escargot for a great price.
Where to stay
St Christophers Inn: This is a great hostel, it is a large chain so it is always clean, got a great bedroom set up with privacy curtains around the bunks and cages under the beds to lock away your bags, plus the staff are very well informed and helpful. However due to its size it can often be harder to socialize if you are a solo traveller and has a limited kitchen and no free breakfast.
Arty Paris: This is a more boutique hostel, and a little cheaper than others. The free buffet breakfast and well stocked kitchen were great, and the staff were very helpful. Because it is a smaller and more budget hostel, it was a little more cramped and unkept.
An idea of costs for one day in Paris
– Hostel: €20 per night
– Free Breakfast at Hostel
– Entrance to Museum: €9
– Sandwich from patisserie for lunch: €5
– Climb Eiffel Tower: €7
– Macaroon, croissant and espresso for snacks: €5
– Bistro dinner or picnic and wine: €20
How long to spend here
About 3 days is enough to explore all the main tourist sites.
What to do
Built in 1889, The Eiffel Tower. as the first man-made structure in the world to exceed 1,000 feet, and it is in every way as magical as it appears. You can catch a ride to the top via elevator (€11), walk the 669 stairs to the second floor (€7) or just enjoy the view from the park in front.
Pack a picnic at night and find a spot on the grass and enjoy the hourly light show.
Arc de Triumph
While you can enjoy this gorgeous structure for free, you can also climb
to the panoramic terrace for 12. The five-lane round-about is also impressive
to see at peak hour!
This is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, with over 8 million visitors each year.
General entrance to the Louvre is €9, but there are a few reduced options:
If you head there after 6pm on a Wednesday or Friday, entrance is reduced to just €6 and the museum is open until 9.45pm.
Entrance is free on Friday evenings if you are under 26.
On Bastille Day (14 July) and the first Sunday of each month entrance is free.
Catatombs of Paris
This underground series of tunnels was created as part of the effort to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries, and now holds the remains of more than six million people. Open from 10am – 8.30pm all days except Monday, and there are only 200 people allowed down at any one time – so expect a que during the middle of the day. You can buy tickets at the door for a reduced rate (from €11), or pre-book online and skip the que for €29.
This Gothic masterpiece built in the Middle Ages is surprisingly the most visited monument in France. Admission to Notre Dame is free, but you’ll need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6).
Palace of Versailles
Spanning over 1 hectare, this palace was the residence of royalty in France from 1682 to the start of the French Revolution in 1789.
A Passeport ticket lets you access anywhere in Versailles and osts €18. Be General tickets cost €15, or free if you have a student card and are 18-25.
Fountains and Gardens shows (week-end from 1st April to 31th October), it costs €25.
Inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the gardens were created by Queen Marie de Medici in 1612 and cover 25 hectares. The entrane is just a short walk from metro stations Odéon (line 4 or 10) and Notre-Dame des Champs (line 12). Entrance to the gardens is free.