The first time we went to Paris we fell in love with the architecture, art, and culture. As we stood outside Charles De Gaulle airport we knew we were in for a good week away that would be filled with nothing but curiosity, excitement, and love.
We flew into Paris with EasyJet and we had checked out the transportation process for Paris online before leaving the UK, so we knew what we were up against. I have noted down all types of transport going into the city centre of Paris.
Most travellers to Paris arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport or Beauvais-Tillé Airport, and there are a number of convenient ways to travel into the city centre of Paris from each one.
we also downloaded a metro app which was great for helping us know which link to hop on to travel around the city.
here is a link to the app called Next Stop Paris
From Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD)
Located 25km to the north-east of Paris and also known as Roissy Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest in France and the seventh-busiest in the world, serving more than 65 million passengers a year.
MI 79 à Paris-Nord (1er mai 2010) by Victor Brito-rail: One of the quickest and cheapest ways to travel into the centre of Paris is the RER B (blue) train line that has station stops at both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport. (Note Terminal 2 has seven sub-terminals, but all sub-terminals can be accessed by foot or via the free N1, N2 and N3 shuttle buses). If you arrive in Terminal 1, take the free shuttle train to Terminal 3, which is the easiest station to catch the RER B from. You can buy train tickets from one of the blue ticket machines (not the yellow machines, which sell TGV tickets only) or from a train station employee in a booth. Tickets cost 9.25€ one-way and the journey takes up to 50 minutes. Make sure you take the RER B line heading in the direction of Robinson, Antony or St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and the train will stop in central Paris stations such as Gare du Nord. Trains run from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris between 04:46 and 23:56 Monday to Sunday.
Bus: The Roissybus is one of the most popular buses to take from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the centre of Paris. The bus leaves from all three terminals and runs from 06:00 to 23:00 every day. They run every 15 minutes until 20:45, and then every 20 minutes until 23:00. Tickets cost 9.25€ one-way (you can buy them on the bus, so make sure you have some euros with you) and the journey takes up to an hour, terminating in the Opéra area.
A cheaper option is to travel by local bus numbers 350 or 351, which run through the suburbs of Paris and stop frequently. Departing from Terminals 1 and 2 every 20 minutes (or every half an hour during the weekend) between about 06:00 and 22:30, the journey can take up to two hours, depending on the time of day. As the most economical option, the fare costs 5.70€ one way and you can buy tickets on board. The 350 terminates at Gare de l’Est and the 351 terminates at the Nation terminus between the 11th and 12th arrondissements.
If you’re arriving at night, night buses N140 and N143 run seven days a week and depart from all three terminals. Bus N140 runs hourly to Paris between 01:00 and 03:00, while the N143 runs from midnight until 04:30 at half-hourly intervals. Both buses terminate at Gare de l’Est and one-way tickets cost 5.70€, available to buy on board the bus.
Coach: For those who prefer slightly more comfortable road travel, Air France runs the Air France Coach service. Passengers of any airline can travel by this method. The Line 2 coach departs from Terminals 1 and 2 to the Arc de Triomphe, with departures every half an hour between 05:45 and 23:00. The Line 4 coach also departs from Terminals 1 and 2, operating between 06:00 and 22:00, terminating at Gare de Lyon. While there are ticket machines to buy tickets from the airport, you can save money by purchasing tickets online in advance. Online tickets cost 15.50€ per adult one-way, or 13.00€ per person if you’re travelling in a group of four or more. Buying a return ticket in advance is also more cost effective, at 26.00€ per adult.
FRANCE taxi by Jean Pierre gallot 69009 Taxi: There are taxi ranks at all three terminals and you can spot legitimate taxis by the yellow lights on the roof. A fare to Paris city centre costs approximately 50.00€, rising by another 10.00€ at peak or overnight times (typically between 17:00 and 07:00). The journey can take more than an hour at busy times.
Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service: A very comfortable way to get to the city centre of Paris from the Paris Airports is a private airport transfer. Pre-book your ride before you go and a chauffeur driver will be waiting for you inside the arrivals hall with a name shield. You will ride in a premium vehicle on the way to your apartment, where you will be able to relax and know you will be dropped off at the correct address. There is no need to wait in line for a taxi, and it is about the same price as a taxi in Paris, Or why not pre book your car rental from the airport before arrival, we use Thrifty
Super Shuttle: You also have the option to take the Super Shuttle, a private or shared shuttle that takes you to the centre of Paris. The tariffs vary according to the number of passengers and the destination. You can book your shuttle online in advance or at the airport. The journey takes between 1h and 1h30 depending on your destination.
Once you have got to your hotel, you can unpack, sit back and plan your route around Paris.
Where to stay?
There are many Hotels, B&Bs, and Hostels to choose from. If you’re not too fussy where you stay and are a little strapped for cash, maybe stay in a hostel. There are many of them around, all clean and welcoming with all you will need to make your stay a comfortable one. Many of them have free breakfast and Wi-Fi connection, which is even handier.
Here are some hostels we found in Paris: Generator Hostels, Beautiful City Hostel & Hotel, Plug-Inn Hostel, International Youth Hostel, Young & Happy Hostel Quartier Latin, some of these hostels have female only accommodation, and others are shared, they all have communal bar/game/dining/TV room and laundry facilities, some have en suite bathrooms, whilst others again are shared, breakfast is included and all these hostels are close to the main tourist attractions.
Not bad at all if you’re looking for a cheaper way to stay, as most people in their 20s who backpack around different countries use hostels to help them along their journey, as saving money is a must when travelling.
Where do you start when you think of B&Bs in Paris, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Well, we would say do a little research before you book anything. Paris is a very large city that has a lot to offer, around every corner, you may find yourself on the outskirts of Paris and then have to do a hell of a lot of travelling to get back in. When booking check where you’re situated, and also think and plan around the main points you want to see in Paris. Even if you did stay a 25-minute metro ride out, it is no problem at all when the transport system here is timed down to perfection. You won’t find yourself waiting hours for the next bus, train or metro, more like a few minutes.
The cost of B&Bs varies, depending on how close you are to the centre of Paris. We found these to be quite fair in price: Hôtel Paris Porte des Lilas, Bed and Breakfast Paris Centre, Marais House, les 3 chambres. All these are again close to all main attractions. The rooms are well equipped with fresh linen, tea/coffee facilities, en suite bathrooms, and flat screen TVs.
If you want to splash out a little when visiting Paris then you’re in for a real treat. There are some spectacular hotels in and around the outskirts of Paris that will stay in your memories forever. Obviously, you’re going to pay more but hey if you can then why not. Here are some high-end hotels that will stun you: The Peninsula Paris, Hotel Square Louvois, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, La Reserve Paris – Hotel and Spa. Of course, all of these hotels have rooms that are fully equipped, including mini bars, hairdryers, and some with complimentary bathroom gifts.
So if you have figured out your means of transport and your hotel for your stay in Paris, all you have to do now is plan the rest of your time there. Sightseeing in Paris is spectacular, so be ready with your camera to snap all the best bits. You are truly spoilt in this beautiful city, here are some of the best places to see: Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur, Basilica, Paris, Latin Quarter, Paris, Le Marais and the list goes on and on, there’s so much to see I suggest staying for a month if possible, (if you’re lucky enough).
Also, don’t forget your Paris Pass the complete sightseeing card to the city
Used by more than half a million visitors, The Paris Pass® is a sightseeing city card helping visitors make the most of their trip, saving them both time and money.
One of our favourites was the Sacred Heart Basilica, The Basilica is (to me) one of the main wonders of the world. Sitting atop of a hill and overlooking Paris like a dormant watchful giant brings joy to anyone who catches a glimpse. We would strongly recommend visiting it from the back way throughout the winding streets of Montmartre, passing another favourite of mine, “Place du Tertre” as you go (maybe even pick up a mini-masterpiece from one of the local artists)
Once you reach the Basilica you must visit the dome at the top. YOU. WILL. NOT. REGRET. IT!!!
The views are beyond imaginable and the 300 steps to get there will only make you appreciate the journey even more!
After all, that wandering around remember to take a pit stop and try some of the delicious bites on offer. While we all love a decadent sit-down meal, there’s something about the best of street eats that resonates with every true foodie. In Paris, with crêpe stands and quick café stops on every corner, it’s hard to miss the best of the delicious, on-the-go bites the City of Light has to offer. Here, some of our favourite Parisian street foods, from the best falafel outside of Israel to the most unforgettable and decadent cup of chocolate chaud.
New Year`s Eve In Paris
If you’re one of the lucky ones who is in Paris on new year’s eve you will soon realise that you’re in for a great night. Many people from all around the world travel here like we did to celebrate the coming year with family and friends. You won’t be disappointed at all. Paris is heaving with life everywhere you turn. Some choose to spend the evening around the Eiffel Tower, grabbing food and drink whilst waiting for the light show on the tower at the stroke of midnight. Others may choose to book a five hour River Seine cruise, where you can sit back and relax listening to the music whilst sipping back on champagne waiting for your six-course meal to be delivered to your table.
On this night of nights, you board the boat at 7:30 PM for an unforgettable 5-hour dinner cruise that’s followed by a Paris party to celebrate. The dinner cruise is surprisingly affordable, given that it’s a multi-course dinner on a glass-walled river boat on New Year’s Eve. The bad news is that it’s going to sell out, so you have to act quickly if you fancy booking yourself a spot.
When we say goodbye
The time comes when we all have to grit our teeth and pack our case ready for the return trip home. Exhausted you may be, but Paris will grab a hold of your heart like it did us, there’s so much to love and even more to see, time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Put your beloved pictures of Paris in a frame and look back on all the good times you had, you will soon be booking your return flights in no time!