Plan your trip to Paris

Paris useful information to help you plan your vacation

A Ryanair jet at Beauvais Airport (Photo by ERIC SALARD)

How to get to Paris, France, by train and airplane

 
 (Photo compilation by Reid Bramblett)

The tourism information office of Paris

 
A Paris city bus (Photo by PR180.2)

From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Paris

 
 (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

How to see the best of Paris, whether you have half a day or a full week

 
An indication of sightseeing costs (and why the Paris Museum Pass make so much sense) (Photo courtesy of the Paris Museum Pass)

Typical prices and costs in Paris faced by visitors and tourists

 
 (Photo by Juanedc)

General safety info, hospitals and pharmacies, emergency numbers, pickpockets, and more

 
 (Photo in the Public Domain)

The most useful hints, tips, and advice for a Paris trip

 
 (Photo compilation by Reid Bramblett)

Enjoy free admission to various Parisian sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), discounts at other attractions, and even transportation

 
Transportation options to and within France (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)

Getting to France and getting around France: trains, planes, rental cars, low-cost airlines and long-distance coaches

 
Travel info (Photo by Bobafred)

Tourist information, guidebooks, maps, tips for niche groups (students, LGBT, seniors, disabled, etc.), and more in France

 
French regional telephone codes (Photo by Babsy)

Keeping in touch while traveling—Cellphones and Skype, mail and roaming fees, and how to call to, from, and within France

 
Not my gear, but pretty close to what I pack (save the helmet) (Photo by cmor15)

From travel speciality clothes and gear to bags and currency converters

 
Transportation options to and within France (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

 
Europe's colorful common currency, the Euro (Photo by José Luis Sánchez Mesa)

From credit cards, cash, and ATMS to VAT refunds, travelers checks, and customs limits in France

 
Despite a recent slight uptick, you can see that Europe is actually safer, overall, now than it was when I lived there back in the 1980s and 90s (Photo © Datagraver.com)

From emergency numbers and hospitals to pickpockets and general safety issues