website about Paris : getting round
Paris, tourist attractions, where to
stay, and other things to see and do.
is Europe's most fantastic
a place that has everything for the traveller or visitor. Whether you
visit Paris on a day trip, Paris in the Spring, Paris for a week or for
far longer, this is a city that has it all! Museums, theatres, shops,
fantastic historic monuments, a beautiful riverscape, Paris has all of
these. this website helps you plan your visit to Paris, and
get the best out of your stay in the French capital.
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Opened 2014 in the Bois de Boulogne, a major new contemporary
gallery. The futuristic Louis Vuitton foundation museum is the work of
Los Angeles based architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the iconic
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Metro line 1 - les Sablons.
Staying in Paris Check out the Paris Hotel Guide page.
► Selected hotels See our Paris
for a hand-picked selection of conveniently located hotels, from luxury
and boutique hotels to economy hotels; or visit our selection of good
value hotels in Paris
Planning your trip to Paris Check out the
About-France.com "Week in Paris"
sample six-day programme that will help you get the most of your week
in the French capital.
Museum pass : just gives entry into the main museums. More info here
hop-off tourist buses : just valid on these tour
buses. More info here
Choose tickets à la carte : Just buy tickets for what you have time to see. More info here
Paris passes do not include the Eiffel tower; but visiting the Tower
without a booking in busy holiday periods will mean at best standing
for ages in a long line, at worst disappointment. See best solutions for pre-booking your visit on our Eiffel tower page
PARIS TRANSPORT TIPS
Making the best use of Paris public
cities, Paris is not
place to visit by car. Parking can be an expensive nightmare (though
less so than London), and the city has a great public transport
network, with a fast underground network that stretches well into the
The public transport system includes buses, the underground and
the RER (express transit metro), and of course taxis. Taxis
in France are ordinary vehicles with a taxi sign on the roof, not
special vehicles as in London. They are quite expensive, and
there are not enough of them.
If you plan to use public transport, it makes best
sense to buy one of the passes that includes it. See
more ideas on keeping down your costs, visit the Budget
on the main Paris
are several different "passes" available for visitors to Paris, and it
is a good idea not to get the wrong one, as this will mean either
paying too much or else getting less than you bargained for.....
Passes will not necessarily offer great financial savings,
but they will
offer savings in time. During a short visit to Paris, few tourists want
to spend several hours waiting in long queues to get into the top
attractions. With a Paris Pass you can avoid
the ticket queues and skip the lines
entrance to popular sites.
IMPORTANT: Eiffel Tower :None
of the Paris passes include the Eiffel Tower. (One
pass offers a second floor Eiffel Tower ticket for 15 €
But a second floor ticket is only 11 € on the official Eiffel
Tower site !)
Tower access must always
be purchased separately, or as part of certain specific tours
but since the Paris Pass includes tour buses anyway, don't buy Paris
Pass and a
tour. Buy your Paris Pass
online, then buy Eiffel tower ticket
online from the official site. See Eiffel
The Paris Pass[Includes Skip the line at Museums and other attractions,
sightseeing bus, and public transport ]
This is the the "all you need" pass covering transport, museums and
attractions. It is the most comprehensive of the different Paris
free admission to some 60 monuments / museums in and around Paris, plus
free use of public transport (buses and metro) , the Cars Rouge tour
buses, a Seine river cruise, a wine-tasting session, a free Paris guide
lots more. Includes the Louvre, Orsay museum for the
Impressionists, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, the
and more - but not the Eiffel Tower.
your pass in advance, and avoid
the queues to get in. The Paris Pass
now offers a refund guarantee insurance, in case you
change your travel plans. Many other online ticket sellers do not offer this.
Jan 2017 Paris
Pass Prices - before discounts
2-day pass: Adults: 129 € , Teens under 18: 79 €
Children 44 € 3-day pass: Adults: 159 € , Teens under 18: 92 €
Children 49 €
4-day pass: Adults: 189 € , Teens under 18: 105 €
Children 55 €
6-day pass: Adults: 229 € , Teens under 18: 1215
€ Children 72 €,
10% off with
Special About-France.com discounts
on the Paris Pass
10% discount onall passes
This is the best deal available on Paris Pass
USE C0DE ABOUTFRAin the "additional products" section when
keying in your payment
details. For the ABOUTFRA discount code to work, you must go
straight to the Paris Pass website from About-France.com, not from an
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Paris visite: [Public transport only ]
Visitors who plan to use lots of
public transport in Paris may find that the best or cheapest solution
is to take a visitor's
Visite", though this is not necessarily the
The Paris Visite passes are available on a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day basis, and
cover all types of official public transport in the central area or
central area and suburbs, depending on the option chosen. DO NOT BUY
PARIS VISITE PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASS if you have bought, or plan to buy,
a Paris Pass for visiting attractions and museums. Public transport is
already included in the Paris Pass. See above
Visite - gives unlimited use of the metro / RER / bus
network for a given numer of days. Prices
start at €12.85 for a one day adult pass covering zones 1 to 3
€uros for 2 days
(As of Jan 2017).
Full details in English, plus downloadable Paris
public transport maps from the official
Paris visitor website,
Take care... Where
to buy Paris visite pass ?
The simplest is to buy it when
you reach France,
from any Paris area train / metro station, airport, information point
or tourist office. Buy it at the ticket office, not from a machine
(unless renewing). If you want to buy it on line in advance,
only do so here;
you'll get the tickets at the official price, but you will pay extra
(at least 9 Euros) to have them mailed to you. DO
purchase in advance from other online websites that sell these tickets
well above the real cost, and charge excessively for delivery too. You
could end up paying double the cost......
Museum pass [Museums
giving unlimited admission to some 60
monuments / museums in and around Paris, excluding the Eiffel Tower. Prices
start at 48
€uros for two days or 62€ for four days.
This pass - best
on the day at the first museum you visit - does
include any transport, so things like Seine river cruises, metro
tickets and sightseeing tours must be purchased separately. See below.
The Paris Museum Pass is included in the Paris Pass (see
hop-off sightseeing bus pass
The Open-Tour /Cityrama
service, has a choice of hop-on
hop-off passes from 33 € for a one-day pass, and covers four
optional Batobus service on the Seine). Alternatively Big
Bus Tours (formerly les Cars Rouges) run open-top
buses linking nine major
sites; a two-day
pass costs just 33 €, and can be bought on
the bus. Big Bus tours are now
the Paris Pass
"Batobus" and travel on the Seine. The Batobus
are river buses that go up and down the Seine from the Eiffel tower to
the quai de Montebello (near Notre Dame). There are 8 stops in all. An
day pass in early 2017 costs 17 €, and a 2-day pass
(consecutive days) costs 19
€ per adult.
often the easiest solution, but not necessarily the cheapest
way to visit Paris ...
METRO and Bus information for Paris
When visiting Paris, if you plan to use
the metro or the bus from time to time but
less than six times in a day, opt
for a "carnet" (pronounced
Car-nay). This is simply ten standard tickets at a reduced rate
14.50 for ten in January 2017). Carnet tickets have no date limit, and
can be shared among members of a group. If you have some left over at
the end of your stay, keep them for next time. They are valid on buses,
the metro and the "RER" within the cental area, and on metro and RER
journeys allow as many changes as you want. Changing:
Just one important point to note: while you can change metros or change
buses on a standard journey ticket, you can't change from a bus journey
to a metro journey, or vice-versa.
Though the Metro is
mainly an underground system, several parts of the network are above
ground, and offer an interesting way to see Paris from well above
Neither a standard Paris metro ticket nor a central Paris pass are
valid on the RER for travel into the suburbs, and
notably for travel to Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. For
such destinations, you must buy a specific ticket.
Specific destination tickets and carnets are available at all metro
stations, and from automatic machines which accept credit cards.
Carnets can also be bought in some main French railway stations outside
of the hypercenter of the Paris metro network
Click this small map for a larger map, or click
the following link for a
PDF Central Paris metro map. Set
printer options to "Landscape" (horizontal) for best printing
your way in the metro.
This is no big problem. Using the maps available, check the line number
terminus station of each line you want to take. If you need to change
routes, follow the "Correspondance" signs on the platform and through
the foot tunnels; these indicate the line numbers and the termini. Just
follow the right one. The RATP (Paris transport authority) provides
free maps which are usually available in hotels, metro stations and
TIP - Train or
bus from the airport: Generally speaking, the RER train
service is fast, and cheapest. See Paris
If you arrive by air in Paris for a day trip, buy the 1 day "Paris
visite" visitor pass for zones 1-5, which includes the airports. that
way you also have unlimited hop-on hop-off public transport during your
day in Paris
TIP - Changing trains at "Chatelet"
metro hub. Chatelet is the biggest interconnection station on the Paris
metro system: three main RER routes cross here, notably B (for the
airports) and A (serving the Gare de Lyon and Disneyland). If you are
changing from a southbound "B" train to a south/east bound "A" train,
(for instance, coming from Charles de Gaulle airport and heading for
Gare de Lyon or Disneyland, a common combination), just cross the
platform. The same goes if you are taking these routes in the opposite
direction (for example coming from Gare de Lyon and heading for Charles
de Gaulle airport). Nothing could be simpler!
For other changes, follow the indicator boards, having noted which RER
or metro routes you want.
Your ticket. Always keep your ticket until your journey is finished,
even if it is just a single journey ticket. If you use the RER in the
central urban area of Paris (which you can do, of course), you will
need to put your ticket through the machine both to get onto the
platforms and again to get out of the RER area.