Paris (France)

Paris is the capital of France, located at the banks of the Seine River. It is known as the world's most romantic and most beautiful city. The city's most famous building is certainly the Eiffel Tower. In the city center are of course numerous other famous historical buildings, museums and the world's second highest number of Michelin-star restaurants. Paris is often called the mecca of fashion, because nearly every well-known fashion and cosmetics company is having its headquarter there. The city is the world's most visited tourist destination, attracting more than 45 million tourists every year.

Population: 2,273,305
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: French
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, E
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A tip is not required, but most people tip in the 5 to 10% bracket when the service is good.
Time in destination: Dec 15, 2019, 7:00:00 AM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Paris works as a great year-round destination, with the weather changing from month to month. The most rainy days are from November to March but Paris still offers great places to visit when it rains.

The best time to visit Paris is from June to August when the weather is just about perfect. There are long days of sunshine, offering the perfect opportunity to enjoy key events like Fete de St-Denis (June), Fete de la Musique (June), the Tour de France (July) and Bastille Day (July).

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 40.5 44.4 36.5 10
February 41.9 46.8 37.0 9
March 47.1 53.2 41.2 10
April 51.4 58.5 44.2 9
May 58.6 66.2 50.9 10
June 63.5 71.2 55.9 8
July 68.0 75.9 59.9 8
August 68.0 76.3 59.7 6
September 61.9 69.4 54.5 8
October 54.5 60.4 48.6 9
November 46.2 50.7 41.5 9
December 42.3 46.0 38.5 10

More information: Paris forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Paris 12 most important sights:

Recommendation for one day:

  1. First, it's great to go to the Eiffel Tower, the best known landmark in Europe.
  2. Near the Eiffel Tower is the Louvre, the essential museum of Paris. Or you can go to the Champs Elysees, the most prestigious and famous street in Paris, and possibly the world.
  3. See Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the first Gothic cathedrals ever built. Constructed in 1163, it offers an incredible vista of Paris.
  4. Visit the Luxembourg Gardens. These formal gardens were once open only to royalty prior to the French Revolution, they now serve as one of Paris's most popular relaxation destinations.
  5. Top off the evening at L’Arc, just a stone's throw away from the grand and imposing Arc de Triomphe, L’Arc is a multi-level nightlife experience comprising a restaurant, bar and club in one majestic Napoleon III-era building.

More information: Paris sights on map

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Accommodation Area

The recommended accommodation areas for Paris are:

Cheap area: Essonne

Central location: 8th Arr, 10th Arr

Nightlife: Rue Montmartre

More information: Recommended districts of Paris on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Paris is an expensive destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $84.61, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $291.71, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $92.22
  • Hotel (3 stars): $122.04
  • Hotel (4 stars): $188.30
  • Hotel (5 stars): $343.50
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $22.35
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $33.52
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $6.70
  • Meal, McDonalds: $8.94
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $15.08

More information: Paris price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Paris destination map

Safety

Paris has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 48.3 (a little weaker than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 65.2 (weaker than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 43.6 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Paris safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe