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Paris Travel Tips

Practical Information to Prepare Your Trip
Inside Paris metro station
Mistakes to Avoid on the Paris Metro

Dos and Don’ts of the Paris Metro

The Paris subway transports more than 4 million passengers each day, including lots of locals and many tourists too. Here are a few tips to make you seem like a pro even if it’s your first time on the metro.
Money and passport in wallet
Creative Cons You Don’t Want to Get Caught In

Scams To Avoid in Paris

Whether it’s a ring, a clipboard, or a bracelet, scammers often approach you with something free before trying to take your money. Here’s what to look out for.
Paris metro Bir Hakeim
The Metro Line with the Best Views of Paris

Paris Metro Line 6 Must-Sees

This unique Paris metro line stops at some can’t-miss places in the City of Light, but the real treat is that you don’t even have to get off the train to take in the sights. Here’s our guide to what to look for along this line and which side to sit on for some incredible views.
Woman in tank top and skirt looking at view of Paris skyline.
Tips for Beating the Heat in Paris

How To Keep Cool in Paris During a Heatwave

If you’re in Paris in the summer, you may very well experience ‘la canicule’, or a heatwave. In addition to learning the phrase “il fait chaud” (it’s hot), here are some good things to know to help you stay cool.
Paris metro sign with pigeons on it.
The Line Leading you to Ghost Stations & Quiet Corners of the City

Paris Metro Line 3bis Must-Sees

The shortest metro line in Paris runs through the eastern part of the city, taking you to four stations rarely seen by tourists and giving you glimpses into everyday life in the 20th Arrondissement, with peeks at two ghost stations of the Paris metro along the way.
Paris train station
What to Know Before Riding the Rails Through France

How To Take the Train in Paris

Hop on a train in Paris and in a couple of hours you can find yourself on the beaches of Normandy, exploring Aix-en-Provence, or even in another country. It’s easy to travel by train in France and these useful tips will help your journey go smoothly.
Hotel Grand Amour Paris
Mistakes to Avoid in Restaurants

Dos and Don’ts of Dining in Paris

From how to get free water to the way not to get a server’s attention, these practical tips about Parisian culture will help you dine like a local.
Paris after dark
A Few Tips to Make the Most of Your Time in Paris

Paris is Not 24/7

Don’t plan on running late night errands while in Paris and be prepared for a lot of bars, restaurants, and shops to be closed if you come in August. In addition to these general rules, here are few more helpful things to keep in mind when preparing your stay.
Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport
‘Bienvenue à Paris,’ but You’ve Still Got a Ways to Go

How To Get from the Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

Even though they welcome you to Paris upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you’ve still got about 30 kilometers (19 miles) before you’re actually in the City of Light. Luckily, there are plenty of options for getting into the city. Here are our tips for getting from the airport into Paris.
Green cross outside Paris pharmacy
How To Get the Healthcare You Need When in France

What To Do if You Get Sick in Paris

Getting healthcare while in a foreign country can be both complicated and intimidating, so we’re letting you know your options if you’re not feeling well while in Paris.
Paris tramway
What you need to know about the Paris strikes

Massive Transportation Strikes in Paris Starting December 5th

A nation-wide strike has been seriously disrupting public transportation throughout France since December 5, 2019. Here is the latest information about which metro lines are operating in Paris, as well as a few tips for seeing the city without relying on public transportation.

Updated January 27, 2020 at 09:00.
Cups of coffee
It’s Not As Simple As ‘Un Café, S’il Vous Plaît’

How To Order Coffee in a Parisian Café

In France, if you order just ‘coffee’, you’ll get an espresso. If that’s not what you’re after and you’re sitting on a traditional French café terrace, here are the different types of coffee you’ll find on the menu.
Protestors in Paris square
What you need to know when Parisians take to the streets

Visiting Paris During Protests

With the current protests in France making news around the world, many are wondering if it’s still safe to visit Paris. If you’re a bit nervous about coming to the capital, here’s some local insight and practical information to let you know what everyday life is really like in the city when Parisians go on strike.
Opéra, Bourse, St Lazare, a Paris Neighborhood
So Many Clothes, So Little Space in that Suitcase

What to Pack for Paris

It can be hard to narrow down what to take on a trip, and even tougher when coming to the Fashion Capital of the World! Rather than bringing everything you own, try to pack light (there are lots of stairs), focus on comfortable shoes, and be sure to leave space for shopping.