1. The most ideal time for traveling to Paris.
Because the country has a temperate climate, the seasons in Paris are quite distinct. Spring is the favorite season of the French because of the romantic weather and the streets, balconies or in every house are adorned with flowers. The pleasant weather of summer is also the peak tourist season of this city, people flock to swimming pools, artificial beaches to soak in the water or enjoy the sun. In the winter it is still sunny but quite cold and murky, though you can still enjoy a Paris with snow.
According to the self-sufficient Paris travel experience of many people, the best time to come to Paris is from the late spring (April) to early summer (June) or autumn, when the weather is still cold but pleasant. If you want to save the maximum cost, you can travel to Paris in the low season like between April and November.
You can also go to Paris in the months of festivals and events to learn more about the city's cultural history, such as Bastille (July 14), Nuit Blanche (October), Christmas (December) ... If you come to Paris in mid-April, you will also have the opportunity to see the beautiful cherry blossoms at Parc de scaux.
2. Transportation in Paris.
In general, the cost of traveling between Paris and airports is quite expensive, so if you go from other EU countries to Paris, you should consider taking the train to reduce costs, stop at the center and not take much time.
- If you arrive in Paris via Charles de Gaulle airport: find your way to the airport by train to transfer to Terminal 2, take the RER B train to the city center (fare is about 10 €), this route also goes through some stations like Notre Dame or Gare de Lyon. Or you can choose other means but the travel time will be longer like bus 350 & 351, night bus 140 & 143 (running from 12pm - 5am), taxi or uber.
- If you arrive in Paris via Orly airport (the second largest airport after CDG): you can take a bus to the city center, the end point is Denfert Rochereau station. Fares are about 8-10 €.
- Travel in the city center:
According to the self-sufficient Paris tourist experience, the two most popular means of transportation in Paris are Metro and RER, divided by service area. Paris is divided into 5 main zones and RER serves all 5 zones, including 2 central zones that can use both Metro and RER. Traveling by train is very convenient because train stations are almost everywhere in the city and extremely scientific.
+ Metro: There are currently 16 subway lines numbered from 1 to 14 and 2 additional lines 3bis and 7bis, 381 stations. Metro is often used to move in the center (on tickets with the M sign) and you need to distinguish Metro and RER to avoid confusion because if you board a train without a ticket or a ticket that is not at the destination you have Can be fined. Single fare (also known as Ticket t +) for a metro of about 1.8 €, if you go a lot you can buy a 10-trip pass (carnet ticket) for a price of about 14 €.
+ RER: RER ship is divided into 5 lines A, B, C, D, E and passes through many major destinations in Paris such as Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Disneyland or Charles de Gaulle airport & Orly airport. Before you go, you need to specify the location of the destination station in the zone, if outside the zone 1,2, you must go to the RER train and not the Metro.
+ Changing the line between Metro and RER is not too complicated, but if there are many plans to move but you have to change the line, you should change the line metro - metro to make it easier.
- Some types of tickets for Paris tourists are self-sufficient:
+ Paris visit: tickets are not limited to 1 to 5 days in Paris, apply for zones 1-3 or zone 1-5. You can buy it at the airport or train stations, noting that this ticket only works on the number of days recorded on the ticket.
+ Ticket Mobilis: similar to Paris visit but allows unlimited travel within certain zones and cannot be used for the airport exit, which is also cheaper than Paris visit.
+ Jeunes: unlimited day passes on weekends and holidays, for people under 26 years old.
- Some notes when traveling by Metro and RER in Paris:
+ Need a clear plan and schedule between locations in Paris to save travel costs as possible
+ You can buy tickets at the automatic ticket machines at the train station but note that the machine only accepts coins, does not receive paper money
+ Remember to determine the right direction of the train, each train line has 2 directions, note the signposts at the train station.
+ Note to keep your ticket during the journey, if checked without tickets will be fined 35 €.
- In addition to metro and RER you can also travel by bus during your stay in Paris, tickets are sold on the car, about 2 € / turn.
3. Where do Paris travel self-sufficient?
Europe in general and Paris in particular are the most expensive tourist destinations in the world, so the cost of staying here is not cheap either. You can search and book hotels with many prices on booking pages, agoda, airbnb ... or choose more economical options such as hostel, dorm or couchsurfing. You can choose to stay close to the tram and bus stations for easy access.
4. Self-sufficient Paris tourism - Famous places to visit
- Eiffel Tower:
The first place not to be missed is the symbol of Paris - the Eiffel Tower towering right next to the poetic Seine in the east of the city. Arriving in Paris without checking-in a plate with the Eiffel Tower is also considered to have not come to this city already. If you just stand outside to take a picture, it will not cost you, but if you want to see the whole view of Paris from the top of the tower, it costs a fee of 15 €.
The Eiffel Tower is beautiful regardless of day and night, but if you want to be immersed in the romantic atmosphere of the magnificent Paris, then 'save' this place again at the end of the day. When the tower is up, standing from the top of the tower looks down you will be overwhelmed and passionate about the beauty of the soul of the 'light capital' at night. The tower has a flash system, blinking once every hour (after 19 hours), each lasting about 10 minutes.
+ Address: Nga 5 Avenue Anatole-France, Champ de Mars road.
+ Opening hours: 9:00 - 23:45 for the elevator, until 18:30 when taking the stairs.
- Notre Dame de Paris.
If you've ever imagined the scene in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", you should set foot in this 'original' Paris Cathedral in France once. Not only is one of the largest and most famous Catholic Churches in France as well as Europe, Notre Dame Cathedral is also a symbol of French Gothic architectural style, sculptures and glass panels. The color in the church also contrasts with the classic Romanesque style.
+ Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Jean-Paul II.
+ Opening hours: 9:30 - 18:00.
+ Fares: Free. If you want to go to the bell tower at the top of the church you will have to buy tickets for € 10 for people aged 26 and over and € 8 if you are under 26 years old.
- Arc de Triomphe.
Another impressive French architecture that you can't ignore when coming to this Paris capital is the legendary Triumphal Arch. Located in Place de I'Etoile, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe is a building built by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victory at Austerlitz and now the world's largest archway.
This is one of the most famous works of Paris and along with the Champs-Elysées is the venue for festivals, events or celebrating sports victories. Another special thing is that all roads in Paris are poured here and tourists gather very crowded day and night. At the two points of view on the top of the porch you can also enjoy panoramic views of Paris.
+ Address: Charles de Gaulle Area.
+ Opening hours: 10:00 - 23:00.
+ Fare: The ticket price to the top is € 12.
- Louvre Museum (Musee de Louvre)
The glass pyramid museum features not only the most famous museum in Paris but also the largest and most visited museum in the world, the Louvre museum attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. Around the world. It exhibits a large number of the world's finest artworks, preserving and circulating artistic heritage through many generations of humanity. Among the classics on display at the museum are the Mona Lisa 'legend' and the Venus statue carved in golden proportions.
This is not only a place for those who are passionate about art but anyone should once admire the artistic masterpieces of mankind and the evidence of human civilization. In addition to the Louvre, if you are interested in the museums of art and history in France, you can find out more about the Orsay museum (Musee d'Orsay) - the place where Vincent van Gogh's works are kept. , l'Orangerie museum (Musée de l'Orangerie), museum Jacquemart-André (Musée Jacquemart-André), Picasso museum ...
The Louvre Museum is quite close to Notre Dame Cathedral and some other attractions that you can combine with the Tuileries garden, Luxembourg garden, Sainte Chapelle, La Conciergerie and Concorde square, straight from the boulevard of the boulevard. Champs Elysees.
+ Address: Boulevard Rue de Rivoli, right bank of the Seine river.
+ Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:00 every day of the week, open until 21:45 for Wednesday and Friday. Closed Tuesday every week.
+ Fares: Buy at the museum for € 15 or buy tickets online, no need to queue to enter the museum 30 minutes earlier with € 17. + Free tickets for the following cases: Children <18 years old; The first Sunday of each month (from October to March); After 6 pm every Friday, for young people <26 years old (all nationalities) or those who buy pass cards.
- Versaille Palace (Château de Versailles)
Known as a World Heritage Site for the past 30 years and one of the greatest achievements in French art of the 17th century, many reasons are more than enough for you to visit the Palace of Versailles during your visit. break your Paris. The most prominent feature of the Palace is the Hall of Mirrors, which is extremely shimmering and luxurious, along with the royal residences and the Opera House.
In addition, the Palace also has many attractions for visitors to visit, admire such as the Royal Trianon and Petit Trianon royal palaces, the spacious Versailles gardens with fountains, canals, beds Colorful flowers, created for the last queen of France - Queen Marie Antoinette.
+ Address: Nga 5 Avenue Anatole-France, Champ de Mars road.
+ Opening hours: 9:00 - 18:30. Closed on every Monday. Versailles garden is closed at 20:30.
+ Fares: From € 18 - € 30, depending on the service attached.
- Montmartre Hill
Montmartre is a neighborhood of Paris, located on a large hill in District 18. It used to be a gathering place for many famous painters, with Sacré-Cœur church, small streets, cafes, restaurants ... Du Paris calendar do not miss this place to feel better about a romantic and romantic Paris, such as sitting in a roadside restaurant enjoying a hot cup of coffee, a little Croissant cake and a little sunshine Paris is It's enough for a special day in this 'most romantic city in the world'.
On Montmartre hill there is a wall written "I love you" written in many languages in the world in the garden Abbesses is also worth visiting. To reach the Montmartre hill you can stop at the last Metro points Abbesses or Lamarck Caulaincourt (line 12 Porte de la Chapelle - Mairie d’Issy); Anvers or Blanche (Line 2 Porte Dauphine-Nation) then walk a short distance to.
- Take a boat on the Seine and the love bridge Pont des Arts
The Seine is associated with the romantic stories of Paris where you should once stop watching, or sitting on a relaxing yacht watching the poetic scenery on both sides of the river, enjoying the cool breeze and the peaceful atmosphere of the French capital.
Whether traveling to Paris alone or with 'that person', don't miss the bridge Pont des Arts or the famous Love Bridge, where couples often come together to lock the love lock. love and throw the key down the Seine as a promise of eternal love. Now you understand why Paris is famous as the 'most romantic city in the world'.
In addition to the above locations, the city of Paris still has countless attractive destinations that if you have a certain time to visit like the Moulin Rouge red windmill, there is also Disneyland Paris amusement park, Bastille fortress. ...or from Paris you can combine discovering other interesting French cities like Nice, Lyon, Marseille - one of the oldest cities in Europe or Besançon - the home of the famous writer Victor Hugo ...
5. Some notes when traveling to Paris.
- If you are interested in visiting the museum, you should take note of the first Sundays of each month that many free open museums like the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée du Quai Branly, Pompidou Center and Picasso Museum. Also, you can buy the Paris Museum Pass that allows unlimited access to most museums in Paris including the Louvre museum, Arc de Triomphe, Castle of Versailles. Buying in tourist information areas or going to Parisinfo site for 2 days is € 48.
- Some places of sightseeing or churches in Paris will be closed on some days of the week.
- Always uphold vigilance in crowded areas such as train stations, tourist spots ... stuffing or snatching things can come to you at any time.
- Smoking is not allowed in a restaurant (or ask staff whether or not to smoke).
- Most of the toilets in the pier and bus stations are charged.
With all the experiences of 'the most romantic city in the world' of Paris - France has summed up above, there is no hesitation but no backpack and passport to discover this beautiful country right away!