Things to know BEFORE you go to PARIS | Paris Travel Guide 2019

Things to know BEFORE you go to PARIS | Paris Travel Guide 2019


In this video, we’ll cover all you need
to know before traveling to Paris, including where are all the major attractions, the best times to visit,
where to stay and for how long, public transportation, how much things cost,
power plugs and outlet sytels used in France, best apps to use, best views of the city,
and other practical information. This video is sponsored by Ceptics, the number
one brand for travel adapters on Amazon. Don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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or ask a question in the comments below. We also created a mobile-friendly .pdf document covering all the things in this video,
plus Top 20 things to do in Paris including multiple maps. Here are 16 essential tips to know
before you visit Paris. NUMBER 16: THE MAP OF PARIS Paris is situated in the northern part
of France, on the river Seine. For orientation, let’s start with the Eiffel Tower.
North of the Eiffel Tower you will find Arc de Triomphe, and the famous
shopping street Champs-Élysées. Les Invalides, containing museums and monuments
related to the history of France as well as Napoleon’s tomb is located east
of the Eiffel Tower. The two most famous museums in Paris,
the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay, are located close to each other,
on opposite sides of the Seine. The Centre Pompidou, a complex housing
the National Museum of Modern Art, a library, and a music center, is about a
15-minute walk from the Louvre Museum. If you go south of Place Georges Pompidou,
you’ll find Île de la Cité, where the Notre-Dame Cathedral is located. South of Notre-Dame you will find
the Luxembourg Gardens, Montparnasse, which offers
an amazing view of the city, and the Catacombs of Paris,
underground ossuaries holding the remains of more than six million people. The Canal Saint-Martin is located northeast
of the city center. Père Lachaise Cemetery is situated
in the eastern part. Montmartre, famous for the Sacré-Cœur Basilica
and Moulin Rouge, is located in the north. The financial district La Defense, Europe’s
largest purpose-built business district, is located in the west. Normally, you will arrive at one of the following
airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport the city’s main international airport, Orly airport, or Beauvais-Tillé and
smaller Châlons Vatry airport which are mostly used for
low-budget airlines. There are seven major train stations in Paris,
one of which is Gare du Nord, the hub for arrival in and departure from the city
via local rail systems and Eurostar. Check out our travel guide for more information. Versailles, the principal royal residence of France
until the start of the French Revolution, is situated approximately 12 mi. or 20 km
from the center of Paris. while Disneyland is around 25 mi or 40 km
from the city center. Paris is a big city. To get a better sense
of the distances, a 2.2-mi or 3.5-km walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum
takes about 45 minutes. If you walk and take the public transportation,
it takes about 35 minutes. In addition, a 3.3-mi or 5.3-km walk from
Arc de Triomphe to Notre-Dame takes about 1h and 10 minutes,
whereas a combination of walking and using the public transportation
takes about 20 minutes. NUMBER 15: WEATHER AND CLIMATE Paris has an Oceanic climate
with cold winters and hot summers. Rain is frequent all year round. Although temperatures typically range between
37° and 50 °F or 3° and 10 °C, it can be snowy in the winter. Because Paris is located in northern Europe,
the days get shorter in late October and November. Plan accordingly to enjoy your day trip
or outdoor activities as much as possible. The weather in the spring is unpredictable, with temperatures ranging between
45° and 68 °F or 7° and 20 °C. Summers are humid, with possible
thunderstorms during the day. Usually, temperatures range between
57° and 79 °F or 14° and 26 °C, but the humidity can make Paris feel warmer. On some days, the temperature rises
above 90 °F or 32 °C. In the fall, temperatures vary widely,
from 43° to 70 °F or 6° to 21 °C. The temperature and weather can be different
at the time of your visit, so remember to check the weather forecast before you travel. NUMBER 14: BEST TIME TO VISIT The best time to visit Paris is in the spring
from April to June, or in the fall from October
to early November. At these times of the year, the weather is mild,
and the tourist crowds are relatively small. Early December, January, and February
are the cheapest months to visit Paris. Probably, the least convenient time to visit Paris
is August, when there are crowds everywhere. But don’t worry, since Paris is one of the
most beautiful cities in the world, you’ll have a great time regardless of the season. And how can you figure out the best days
and hours to see the attractions? Just check Google to see
how crowded a specific location is at a certain time of day. Of course, we recommend
going early during the week and in the morning NUMBER 13: LENGH OF STAY Many travelers stay in Paris for three days
and try to see the highlights of this beautiful city
in this short period. While you can
visit most major attractions in three days, if you don’t want to be in a hurry, we recommend
staying at least one or two extra days. NUMBER 12: WHERE TO STAY AND COST OF ACCOMMODATION Some of the best neighborhoods
to stay in Paris are: Saint Germain, Latin Quarter,
the 7th Arrondissement, The 1st Aarrondissement,
Montmartre, Gare du Nord. If you want an authentic experience and don’t
mind spending more on your accommodation, stay close to the Louvre, Marais, Eiffel Tower,
or Champs-Elysées. If you want to save some money, you can stay
a little farther away from these areas. Just be sure to check if there is a metro station
nearby so you can easily reach the city center. The average price of a hotel room in Paris
is around 170 EUR or 190 USD per night. For For budget hotels, prices average
around 100 EUR or 112 USD. Again, these are all the average prices, and the ranges for different hotel categories
are quite wide. However, with a little research online,
you can get better deals, especially if your dates are flexible
and you don’t travel in high season. Check out our video
on the best apps for booking your stay. NUMBER 11: CROWDS AND LINES Paris is among Europe’s most crowded cities. You can feel this when you’re on the metro during rush hours or at a museum
like the Louvre on the weekend. Despite the crowds, it normally
doesn’t feel hectic in Paris. NUMBER 10: LANGUAGE AND USEFUL EXPRESSIONS The language spoken in Paris is,
of course, French. Here are some French expressions
that always come in handy: Bonjour, or hello, good day; Au revoir: Goodbye; Merci: Thank you; Je ne comprends pas: I don’t understand; Excusez-moi or Excuse me or Sorry Find more useful French expressions
in our travel guide. NUMBER 9: TRANSPORTATION From and to the airport: To get to and from Charles de Gaulle Ariport,
use any of the following options: metro and trains, bus, taxi, Uber,
transfers and shuttles or a car rental. For Orly airport you can use train, bus, taxi,
Uber and shuttles, and car rentals. Check out our travel guide for links
and additional information on all airports. Arriving by train: If you’re arriving to Paris by train, you will normally arrive at Gare du Nord station,
which is, as the name suggests, located in the northern part of the city. Check which train stations is closest
to your specific destination in Paris. Arriving by car: If you are arriving in Paris by car, consider
booking a hotel or an apartment with parking space or a garage nearby. Parking at a public car parks costs
from 2.5 EUR to 4 EUR per hour while daily rates range between
15 EUR and 48 EUR. Getting around the city: Paris is well-covered with public transportation. However, you’ll still have to walk a lot,
so bring comfortable shoes. Public transportation includes: Metro or underground, tram,
RER suburban express train and suburban railway, bus, and night bus. The city is divided into zones. For the city center a one-way ticket
costs 1.90 EUR. Price of Paris Visite ranges from €12 to €65.80
depending on zones covered and duration. Of course, you can always use Taxi, and there are many other means of transportation in Paris, such as Hop On Hop Off buses, boat rides,
bikes, electric scooters, etc. See our travel guide for links
and other useful information. NUMBER 8: GENERAL INFORMATION Here are some other things you should know
for a nice and easy experience in Paris: Drinking water: It is totally safe to drink tap water in Paris. There are hundreds of free drinking water points throughout the city, including
traditional Wallace Fountains. Toilets: There are around 400 automatic
public toilets in Paris. They are high-tech,
self-cleaning, and mostly free. Free Wi-Fi: Paris WiFi is a free service that gives users access
to a high-speed wireless internet connection. NUMBER 7: FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS Travel adapters: If you’re coming from outside Europe
or from the UK you will probably need a special
European travel adapter to charge your phone and other devices. This is what a French power plug looks like. We recommend purchasing a travel adapter
before traveling to Paris. In fact, it is worth buying a universal travel adapter
so you can use it in other countries too. This video is sponsored by Ceptics, the number one choice for international travelers
to and from the US when it comes to travel adapters. The adapter we use the most is the Ceptics
Mini Travel Power Strip. With multiple attachments,it allows us to charge
up to four devices at once, which is convenient considering
most hotel rooms have only few outlets. Also, we can just bring
the right attachment in a pouch. Visit Ceptics’s user-friendly website
and find adapters that fit your needs. We’ve also made a video about travel adapters
and outlet types around the world. The link is in the description. Prepaid SIM cards: You can purchase a prepaid SIM card to access the Internet on your phone. Some options provided by local carriers are the Orange Prepaid Holiday SIM Card, SFR Prepaid SIM Card,
and LeFrenchMobile Prepaid SIM Card. Alternatively, you can consider
renting a mobile hotspot. If you’re from the US and travel a lot,
consider using Google Fi. Currency: Like most other European cities,
Paris uses the Euro. At the time of making of this video, 1 EUR is worth approximately
$1.14 or £0.89. Check the exchange rate before traveling. Time zone: Paris uses Central European Summer Time
or GMT+2. Most countries in continental Europe
also use this time zone. NUMBER 6: SAFETY Paris is generally a safe destination, but there are some neighborhoods to avoid,
especially at night. More in our travel guide. And typical for all major cities around the world,
beware of pickpockets, especially around major attractions. Watch your valuables, and use
common sense. For emergency services, dial 112. NUMBER 5: BEST APPS TO USE IN PARIS Here is a list of useful apps: WiFi Map or Wi-Fi finder, which helps you
find Wi-Fi throughout Paris Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking, driving,
and using public transportation. Google Maps also lets you download maps, which is a great option
if you don’t want to use roaming. Uber or Heetch to get a ride in the city. TAP to locate the closest water fountain. Toilets in Paris to find public toilets. The Fork, which allows you to make
restaurant reservations in real time. TripAdvisor and Yelp for restaurant,
hotel, museum, and tour reviews. Next Stop Paris for public transportation options and practical information
on tourist attractions. Lime to rent an electric scooter. Check out our travel guide for links to download
these apps on iOS and Android and for more app suggestions. NUMBER 4: FREE CITY TOURS A great way to discover Paris,
is to join a walking tour, organized by professional guides who
know a great deal about the city’s rich history. Some providers even offer
free walking tours. However, at the end of the tour it is recommended
to make a donation. See our travel guide for links to websites of free guided tours and other interesting
tours of Paris. NUMBER 3: PARIS CITY PASS Paris offers “The Paris Pass”,
which allows you to save money if you plan to visit several
museums and other attractions and want to skip the line at some sites. Check our travel guide
for current prices and links. NUMBER 2: FOOD PRICES AND TIPPING Paris can be as cheap
or as expensive as you want it to be. For dining, we suggest using
Yelp or TripAdvisor to find nearby places with good reviews. Try to avoid restaurants
next to major tourist sites. On average, a coffee costs
between 3 and 6 EUR. The price of an inexpensive restaurant
meal ranges from 10 to 20 EUR for lunch and 15 to 25 EUR for dinner. A glass of wine costs
between 4 and 6 EUR, a beer between 5 and 8 EUR, and a soda between 3.50 and 5.50 EUR. At a bakery, you’ll pay
at least 1 EUR for a croissant and about 1.40 EUR
for a delicious macaron, 3 to 7 EUR for a takeaway crêpe. There are some great cheap eats in Paris. Check out our guide for a list of the best
inexpensive dining places, such as Le Bouillon Chartier,
Le Bistro des Augustins, and Crazy Pasta. Tipping: Service charge is included in your bill
so tipping in not mandatory. Still, a 5-10% tip is appreciated
at restaurants. And leaving pocket change
is considered acceptable at cafés and bars. You can choose to buy food and drinks
at a grocery store or fresh fruits at a local street market
to hold down costs a bit. Use Google Maps or a similar app
to locate a store or market near you. NUMBER 1: BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY You can enjoy amazing views of Paris
from one of the following places: Sacré-Cœur, Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse,
Arc de Triomphe, Galeries Lafayette. Check out our travel guide with more places
with amazing free and paid views of the city and maps to easily locate them. Our travel guide is a mobile-friendly .pdf
document that you can store on your phone for offline use. It covers top 10 things to do in Paris
plus 10 additional attractions and includes maps, links, opening hours,
and other information that will help make
your travel to Paris stress-free. By purchasing our travel guide, you are also
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