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Paris Travel Blog 2018. Last update: March 2018

Planning a long flight with a layover in Paris? The City of Light has so much to offer that Paris is always a good idea, even if you can only spend a day or less. Although Paris is the biggest city in France, the city is compact and easy to navigate by metro or by bike. So if your next flight includes a Paris layover at CDG Airport don’t hesitate to go to the city and experience some of its unique things to do in Paris.

 

LAYOVER FLIGHT MEANING – LAYOVER VS STOPOVER

A layover is a stop in an intermediate airport to change from one plane to another to reach your final destination. Another frequently asked question is the difference layover vs stopover. A stopover is a long break in a flight itinerary (ie. to refuel), but it does not imply any change of plane.

Normally layovers are short (a few hours) but sometimes layovers are longer or even overnight layovers. Some people like to find flights with long layovers, especially if it’s during the day. Long layover flights allow passengers to exit at the intermediate airport and visit the city.

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LAYOVER IN PARIS THINGS TO DO

Can you leave the airport during a layover?

YES, you can (check the conditions on our FAQ) if there is enough time to enjoy some bits of the city. Getting from Paris airport to city center usually takes between 25 min to 1 hour (depending on the means of transportation) so we recommend using your layover time for visiting Paris only if you have at least 5 hours between your flights. Here’s a taste of Paris things to do with 5 hours or more.

NB: The estimated times do not include the transportation time from Paris airport to city center.

 

5 HOUR LAYOVER IN PARIS

Paris Airport to Eiffel Tower (Duration: 1 to 3 hours)

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Many people dream of visiting the Eiffel Tower so why not using a short Paris layover to go from CDG Airport to Eiffel Tower to see the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower in French) with your own eyes?

With a 5 hour layover in Paris, you want to move as fast as you can. We recommend a private transfer, a door-to-door service with a professional driver who meets you after the customs so you don’t waste time with public transportation or looking for the taxi terminal. A ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Eiffel Tower in Paris 7 takes 25 min with a Paris airport shuttle while if you go from CDG to Eiffel Tower by public transportation it will take around 1 hour.

BOOK: Private transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

BOOK: Paris Airports Roundtrip Transfer

Can you climb the Eiffel Tower with a 5 hour layover in Paris? In theory YES, but only if you buy Eiffel Tower tickets online.

If you decide to buy Eiffel Tower tickets online, on the Eiffel Tower’s website, you will pick a date and also a time slot. Time slots are every hour which means that you are reducing the possibility to wait in line a lot. But what if your first flight is delayed and you miss your Eiffel Tower time slot?

PRO TIP: We recommend buying Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tickets like the ones proposed below. With these tickets, you meet a guide at a convenient meeting point and receive your skip the line ticket from him. Then, you follow the guide to the Eiffel Tower where you will skip two waiting lines and within minutes get in the elevators.

BOOK: Eiffel Tower Skip the Line Tickets to the Second Floor 

BOOK: Eiffel Tower Skip the Line Tickets to the Second Floor with Standard Summit Access

READ MORE – Skip the Line Eiffel Tower: best days and time slots to visit & best tips

 

 

Take a (Unique) Walk along the Seine River (Duration: 3 hours)

 

As big as Paris is, it is a surprisingly walkable city. One can spend a day on foot and not tire of the sights. Since you are on a layover in Paris and CDG airport is not the most exciting airport in the world, head out for a unique stroll in the City of Light with our favorite Paris Layover Tour.

From Paris airport to city, take the RER B and Metro (42min) and get out at Cité metro station. You’ve just landed to Ile de la Cité (Paris 4), the heart of Paris. From here look for Notre Dame’s twin towers, this will be the starting point of this unique Paris Layover Tour.

First of all, admire Notre Dame‘s main facade, this cathedral is a jewel of Gothic architecture and one of Paris’ main sights. The cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Paris (Notre Dame de Paris). You can see her represented on the rose-window.

If you look now at the ground, you should be able to find quickly (there are always some tourists around) a plaque indicating France’s km 0. All the French roads are measured from this point.

Now turn 180°, take rue d’Arcole and cross the bridge. You just reached Seine’s right bank. Start walking North-West, always having the river on your left side. From here you have a better view of Ile de la Cité and you can admire sights like La Conciergerie (the building with the pointed towers), beautiful Parisian architecture or Pont Neuf (New Bridge), actually the oldest bridge in Paris.

A few minutes’ walk from Pont Neuf you will find the Louvre Museum. Originally built as Royal Palace, it is today one of the best museums in the world. The Louvre deserves more than a short layover but still, you can admire Pei’s glass pyramid located on its inner court.

Here we propose to leave the Seine’s right bank and enjoy a pleasant walk along the famous Tuileries Gardens, in Paris 1. Designed for Queen Catherine de Medici in 1564, these gardens were re-landscaped in 1664 in a French formal garden style. Enjoy the green and flowers but also some sculptures by Maillol, Rodin, and Giacometti. If you need some rest, the gardens’ two ponds are perfect for relaxation. This green stroll ends at Place de la Concorde with an Egyptian Obelisk. Brought by Napoleon I  directly from Egypt, it was a kind of souvenir for his beloved Josephine.

Finally, cross Pont Alexandre III to Paris 7, on the Seine’s left bank. The golden cupola just in front of you belongs to Les Invalides, a military hospital and Napoleon’s final resting place. Go on walking West, along Quai Branly, to reach (or get a closer view of) the Eiffel Tower for your last selfies. By now, it’s probably time to go back to the airport, it’s time to take the metro at École Militaire station or your private transfer to board on your last flight.

Use this same Paris Layover Tour if you have a 6 hour layover in Paris but with 6 hours in Paris, you can take it easier.

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7 HOUR LAYOVER IN PARIS

Admire Unique Views of Paris from Unique Sights (Duration: 1-2 hours)

 

With a 7 hour layover in Paris, we suggest combining one of our proposals for 5 hours in Paris with some great views. Climb the stairs of Paris’ most iconic monuments for unique views of the City of Light. Our favorite ones are Notre Dame’s bell towersPantheon’s cupola (only from April to mid-October), Tour de Montparnasse, and Arche de Triomphe.

If you decide to do our suggested Paris Layover Tour, the best choice for unique views is Notre Dame Towers, just before starting the tour. while Montparnasse Tower is the furthest option. Again, Skip the Line in Paris Tickets will be your best friends because you don’t want to waste your precious few hours in Paris waiting in a line.

BOOK: Skip-The-Line: Saint-Chapelle and Towers of Notre-Dame

BOOK: Skip the Line: Arc de Triomphe Including Terrace Access

BOOK: Montparnasse Tower 56th Floor Observation Deck Entry Ticket

 

10 HOUR LAYOVER IN PARIS

Enjoy Montmartre’s (unique) Bohemian Atmosphere (Duration: 3 hours)

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If you have a 10 hour layover in Paris you can combine one of our proposals for a 5 hour layover in Paris with a stroll around the quintessential Paris neighborhood of Montmartre.

Stretch those legs before getting back on your last plane and tour the city’s most famous “quartier” to enjoy its bohemian atmosphere. Montmartre has everything we imagine when we think about a day in Paris: street painters, nice crêperies, some nice sights, and the enchanting sound of the accordions.

If you are traveling on a budget, you have enough time to use the public transportation. From Paris airport to Montmartre, take the RER B and Metro and get out at Anvers metro station (42min). From there, rue de Steinkerque takes you directly to Sacré Coeur Basilica, on the top of the hill. Our suggestion here is to climb the hill for unique views of Paris and maybe a quick visit to the basilica. After that forget maps and itineraries and just get lost through these winding alleys to soak up Montmartre’s bohemian atmosphere. Perhaps take a short break in a Parisian café for a nice coffee and people watching.

 

12 HOUR LAYOVER IN PARIS

Paris on a Rainy Day

During a 12 hour layover in Paris, you can combine many of our previous proposals with a coffee break and nice lunch in a Parisian brasserie. You can also think about using 2-3 hours to visit the Louvre or walk the covered passages of Paris is the weather is not good. There are so many interesting Paris things to do that we recommend doing a short wish list and calculate the time you need to do each of the activities plus the time to go from one sight to the following one. Check our post about the Parisian Metro to learn how to move through the city faster.

 

OVERNIGHT LAYOVER IN PARIS

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A Paris Layover during dinner time? If you found a great deal on a connecting flight through Paris, skip the Paris airport restaurants and head into the city. For a unique meal on your layover in Paris, head to Les Ombres, a restaurant located on the rooftop terrace of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris 7. Apart from its good French cuisine, the unique view over the sparkling Eiffel Tower will delight you.

Maybe you are just looking for a unique place to have a drink and wash down that terrible airplane food? With only a layover in Paris, it can’t just be any bar. Paris has some beautiful rooftops to enjoy unique views with your favorite cocktail.

In the summertime, the rooftop bars are the Parisians’ place to be. Try Le Perchoir du Marais (37 rue de la Verrerie, Paris 4), the most fashionable terrace of Paris with breathtaking views. The formula for happiness? Probably its cool decoration, good music and cocktails, trendy Parisians and good staples. Up on the Roof (4 rue Danton, Paris 6), at the heart of the Latin Quarter, is a really different kind of place. This is a rooftop with a view on Notre-Dame, the Palais de Justice and the Seine with its passing Bateaux Mouches.

There are so many cool rooftop bars in Paris that in the end, we decided to write a dedicated post . . .

READ MORE –  Our Favorite Rooftop Bars in Paris: cocktails with the Best Views of Paris

 

Cabaret Shows in Paris

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Another cool option for your overnight layover in Paris is a Cabaret Show. Cabarets are a popular tourist attraction in Paris at night. Because, YES! bars and nightclubs exist everywhere in the world but where else than in Paris can you find such a choice of quality cabarets?

A cabaret show in Paris usually lasts around 90 min but it can be longer if you book it with a dining option. If you are interested in a cabaret in Paris but you don’t know which one to choose, check our post below with the best cabarets in Paris. Book online in advance.

READ MORE –   Lido Cabaret, Crazy Horse or Moulin Rouge: what is the Best Cabaret in Paris?

 

HOTELS IN CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (OR HOTELS NEAR CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT)

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If you have an overnight layover in Paris consider booking a hotel near Charles de Gaulle airport, especially if the next day flight is very early. Sleeping in hotels near Charles de Gaulle Airport eliminates the stress of having to wake up early in the morning and getting a taxi during the rush hour.

Another advantage of hotels close to CDG Airport is that these hotels have competitive pricing because most tourists opt for an ‘in the city’ located hotel. In addition, some hotels also provide a free pick and drop from the airport if you book in advance.


YOTELAIR PARIS CDG – TRANSIT HOTEL

This is a hotel inside Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is great if you have an early flight. Guests appreciate its 24- hour front desktop, its modern rooms, and its reliable wake up call. The hotel is located on the “airside” of the airport, so when you deplane you never leave the terminal or pass through security (unless you want to go to the city). There are not many CDG Airport hotels in terminal, so book in advance.

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SHERATON CDG AIRPORT

If you are looking for CDG Airport Hotels in terminal, Sheraton CDG if for you. The Sheraton Charles de Gaulle is the “Paris Airport Hotel”, the only hotel inside the Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle Airport which means you are within walking distance of the boarding gates. Rooms are comfortable and very quiet in spite of the airport proximity. The Sheraton CDG is one of the Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels with shuttle service for free, very convenient if you decide to explore the City of Light.

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OCEANIA PARIS ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE

From all the hotels close to CDG Airport, Oceania Paris Roissy Cdg Airport is one of our favorites. The hotel, with a 24-hour service desk and FREE Wi-fi, is really beautiful and it features a fantastic spa, perfect for a moment of relaxation after long layover flights. This is one of the hotels near Paris Airport Charles de Gaulle, located at 1.5km from the terminals and one of the few Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels with shuttle service for free. With a hotel like Oceania Paris Roissy CDG you will wish that your long layover in Paris was even longer!

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THINGS TO DO IN PARIS AIRPORT

In general, your experience will vary based on what terminal you will be spending your time in but basically, this is the list of things to do in Paris Airport:

Shopping: CDG airport has many shops, from duty-free shopping to gastronomy or exclusive fashion stores. If you are wondering about things to buy in Paris Airport during your layover in Paris, check this link with the list of all the Charles de Gaulle Airport Shops. Note that if you do a research by Category, “Terminal Ouest” and “Terminal Sud” correspond to Paris Orly Airport.

Eating: unfortunately Paris airports do not have a big choice of restaurants for lunch or dinner plus the prices are high. If you have enough time to travel to the city, you will have a better culinary experience than at the airport. You can check this link with the list of restaurants in the Parisian Airports.

Arts: Espace Musées proposes regular art exhibitions in Paris Charles de Gaulle, Terminal E. Check this link to see the current exhibitions and its exact location.

CDG Luggage Storage: for those visiting Paris,  CDG Luggage Storage in Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2 can keep your carry on for a few euros. For more information, exact location and prices, check their website here.

Massages: Be Relax proposes passengers a wide range of Relax Services like massages, manicures pedicures. etc. Check their 7 available Spas located in Terminal 2, their proposals and pricing.

Kids Entertainment: all around the airport.

 

PARIS LAYOVER – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I LEAVE THE AIRPORT DURING A LAYOVER IN PARIS?

If you have a long layover in Paris (at least 5-6 hours), YES,  you should be visiting Paris! However, you need to consider eventual delays of your first flight, transportation time from the plane to the terminal, and border control queues. Also, keep in mind that if you booked your flights separately with different flight companies, you will need to pick up the baggage at Paris airport and do another check in. Allow extra time to do all this.

BORDER CONTROL

When you enter France & Schengen Area from non-Schengen Countries you must clear passport control at Paris-CDG. There are two queues at passport control: one for European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), British and Swiss nationals, and a second for all other nationalities. A third queue “Fast Lane” is available for premium passengers and select non-premium passengers. It is difficult for us to tell you how long you will spend doing the passport control. In any case, allow extra time to do all this.

PARIS TRANSIT VISA (FRANCE TRANSIT VISA)

Depending on your nationality and destination country, you may need to have a Transit Visa to make a connection in a foreign airport or cross through a foreign country. For passengers coming from non-Schengen countries, a Transit Visa (in this case a France Transit Visa) is necessary for transiting through two Schengen Countries. Also, note that a Schengen visa is needed for all connections between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly Airport.

Can you leave the airport during a layover with a Transit Visa? In France, there are 2 types of  France Transit Visas:
– An Airport Transit Visa allows a passenger to pass through the international zone of an airport, without entering the country’s territory.
– A Short Stay Visa is granted to a passenger who intends to go from one non-Schengen country to another non-Schengen country by crossing through the territory of France or any other Schengen member country. This kind of visa can be used for 1 crossing or many crossings, with a duration of up to 5 days per crossing.

If you are from a non-Schengen member country, we suggest checking the entry and travel regulations for your country in France before your departure. You may find useful Air France Transit Visa page, that you can check here

SHOWER FACILITIES AT CDG AIRPORT

There are no shower facilities at CDG Airport unless you have access to one of its Airport Lounges. Not all the Airport Lounges at CDG have shower facilities so we recommend checking the Airport’s Lounge Review for more information. If you are not eligible to enter one of the Airport Lounges, TransitYOTELAIR (inside the airport) proposes also 1-hour shower-only packages (15 euros) for people who only want to freshen up.

LONG-DISTANCE FLIGHTS TIPS

After some hours enjoying Paris, it is time to go back to the airport and get ready for your second flight. If long-distance flights are a bit of pain for you, check Arzo’s tips or Megan’s air travel tips to survive long-haul flights. Also, check out this list of Travel Essentials for long-haul flights. Bon voyage!

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  • Sreekar
    10/22/2017 at 9:12 am

    As you rightly point our, walking along the Siene is enough to while away a few hours as you wait for your next flight. It a pleasure with so many things to do along the banks!

  • Agness of eTramping
    08/25/2017 at 4:28 pm

    You’ve definitely done some unique things in Paris! How many days would you recommend staying there to explore it properly?

    • WorldInParis
      11/10/2017 at 12:52 pm

      One life? 😉

  • rosy
    06/11/2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, we have a 12 hour layover at CDG in September. we are reaching at morning 8:30 AM and our next flight is at 8:40 PM. Please do let me know if it would be feasible to follow this. Awaiting your reply

    Regards,
    Rosy

    • WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Rosy. With your schedule it seems that you will be able to have a nice walk along Seine River, starting from Notre Dame /Km 0 🙂 And probably after a long flight you will be a little bit sleepy so I suggest you to take a break along this walk at beautiful Place Dauphine, in one of its cafés (you will have to cross Pont Neuf, check on Google Maps) before going on with Louvre and Tuileries. Don’t forget your camera and climb Arche de Triomphe or Notredame Towers (or maybe both!) for a unique view of Paris. Just two things:
      -If your next flight is with another flight company remember that you have to pick up your luggage and register it again before leaving the airport
      -You don’t mention the day of the week when you are coming. Keep in mind that Friday evenings are very crazy so take some extra time to go back to the airport
      Have a great layover!

      • Rosy
        06/13/2017 at 6:38 pm

        Dear Elisa, thank you so much for such a quick turnaround. We really appreciate this gesture :). We will be reaching on 7th September it’s a Thursday. Thanks for all the help.

        Regards,
        Rosy

        • WorldInParis
          06/19/2017 at 9:50 am

          You are welcome! I wish you a nice layover in Paris 🙂

  • Debi McGrath
    04/23/2017 at 4:33 pm

    I have a 9 hour layover at CDG in September arriving at 10pm on a Saturday. Coming in that late at night what suggestions do you have? I’m thinking of taking my tripod and camera and just photograph the city at night….suggestions for best spots would be great.

    • WorldInParis
      04/25/2017 at 9:35 pm

      Difficult question! Are you sleeping close to the airport, I guess? You can’t do that much if you rely on public transportation: after 23.00 last trains leaving from CDG to Paris are very seldom (latest one is at 23.50 and more or less the same schedule from Paris to CDG) so if your flight is delayed you may have to wait some time to take the train + you need 40 min to reach Paris. Taxi could be a solution but it is very expensive :-/

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
    03/30/2017 at 11:26 am

    Taking a walk would be my best advice! Paris has incredible museums but the whole city is just stunning to stroll through. Love your recommendations for bars! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/13/2017 at 7:23 pm

      I agree with you Carmen. If I really had to choose I would take the walk along the Seine, with a break on a rooftop bar 🙂

  • Carol Colborn
    03/29/2017 at 5:43 pm

    This is a great short layover plan. Haven’t been to Paris in 30 years. I will take a short layover like this just to revisit!

    • WorldInParis
      03/29/2017 at 6:02 pm

      Lol! Carol, I think this is an excellent idea! I also take long layovers on purpose sometimes, just to visit (o revisit) an interesting city 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      04/05/2017 at 10:25 pm

      Loooll. You know I believe you! 🙂

  • WorldInParis
    03/27/2017 at 9:17 pm

    Oh, CDG is not the best airport to hang out for a while, unfortunately

  • Vicki Louise
    03/27/2017 at 2:31 pm

    These are great things to do when you’re short on time. We loved strolling along the banks of the Seine and visiting the Louvre at night when the pyramid is all lit up. There are so many iconic spots in Paris I just want to see everything every time I visit!

    • WorldInParis
      03/27/2017 at 9:14 pm

      Very nice options, Vicki. The pyramid lit up at night is a very beautiful sight 🙂

  • Stacey Veikalas
    03/27/2017 at 12:03 pm

    What a super way to spend a few hours in Paris! I love the walking and the little local places to have a drink! My perfect day wandering and a cocktail! Fun day!

    • WorldInParis
      03/27/2017 at 9:15 pm

      Oh, in Paris there is a lot of walking and cocktails so you would be happy here, even for a short time!

  • travelwithtarah
    03/26/2017 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and think you definitely need more than a day to explore, but if that’s all you’ve got this is a great guide!

    • WorldInParis
      04/13/2017 at 8:42 pm

      Oh yeah, just trying to be helpful for those who only have few hours 🙂

  • Allison
    02/27/2017 at 11:35 pm

    Great read. I agree that Paris is relatively easy to walk around given how big the city is. Besides you discover a little more walking opposed to metro.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    02/27/2017 at 4:59 am

    This is indeed a slice of Paris in a short time. A slice that will definitely leave you asking for more. The walk by the Seine sounds so romantic. We have taken a cruise on the Seine, but did not have time to take a stroll. Hope to get back to Paris to do this. But really loved your Parisian plan for a short layover.

    • WorldInParis
      03/01/2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you Sandy 🙂 Next time come for more days to do what you missed, plenty of ideas here 😉

  • Christopher
    02/11/2017 at 2:13 am

    First off, I’m loving the new look of the website. Great job!!! Second. These are amazing suggestions which remind me that I need to come back!!! Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and the Louvre aside, what I really miss is simply sitting in the cafe’s along the Seine.
    Great post!!!

    • WorldInParis
      02/13/2017 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment, Christopher. Hope you will make it to Paris again 🙂

  • Rosemary
    02/06/2017 at 2:00 pm

    One of my favorite cities and one that I also called home for a couple of years. This is a great (short) itinerary for a layover. The only thing I would add is to make sure that there is no strike and that the RER B is running on all lines 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      02/08/2017 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks for the tip. I will try to add it somehow (difficult to know this or where to find the info if you are not a local)

  • Hugo Cura
    02/05/2017 at 8:19 pm

    I have family in Paris and been to the city countless times but despite this never get tired of visiting a couple of times a year. There’s always something new and interesting to visit or revisit. Love Paris!

    • WorldInParis
      02/05/2017 at 10:16 pm

      AAAAhhh so you don’t need a Paris layover post . . . cool, cool 🙂

  • Drew
    02/05/2017 at 1:53 pm

    One of my fave cities. I’ve been a handful of times now, so tend to skip the museums and sites (though I still love to stop in at the Rodin Museum and Sainte Chapelle). Just walking around, popping into wine bars and eating an absurd amount of cheese is all it takes for a successful Paris visit!

    • WorldInParis
      02/05/2017 at 10:18 pm

      So Rodin and Sainte Chapelle?? Interesting, interesting . . .

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    02/05/2017 at 4:37 am

    Great advice but oh how sad to be in Paris for just a short layover! I would definitely recommend Notre Dame just because it’s magnificent. I’d also head to the Musee de l’Orangerie. Those Monet panels are just breathtaking and not to be missed no matter how long one has in Paris.

  • Penny Sadler
    02/04/2017 at 7:55 pm

    That Left bank right bank thing takes a bit of getting used to doesn’t it!
    Very nice tips and suggestions. I’d certainly make notes if I were traveling to Paris.

  • Brianna
    02/04/2017 at 5:27 pm

    Paris is always a good idea . It’s been years since I’ve been and I really need to go back.

  • Sarah Ebner
    02/04/2017 at 5:24 pm

    I love tips from locals and these are great. We very much enjoyed walking round Paris when we were there, but we also love seeing cities from up high, so the top of Eiffel Tower was good for us! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the rooftop bars you recommend – maybe next time….

    • WorldInParis
      02/05/2017 at 10:25 pm

      Oh, rooftop bars is the new trend in Paris, you will have plenty to choose if you ever come back

  • Nat Deduck
    02/04/2017 at 3:58 pm

    Paris is always a good idea, am I right? There’s so much to do and to see around! You made a great list here!

  • Laura Lynch
    02/04/2017 at 2:13 pm

    Last year we did an 18-hour layover in Paris and though it as quick, it was really fun. You don’t have to have a lot of time to really experience something unique in Paris. Montmartre is one of my favorite neighborhoods.

    • WorldInParis
      02/10/2017 at 10:30 pm

      A little bit too touristy, in my opinion, but definitely worth the visit. Good that you had fun in Paris 🙂

  • Nancy
    01/28/2017 at 8:35 pm

    My favorite thing to do in Paris is to walk along the Seine. Once I decided to walk from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. It was way further than I expected! When you take the Metro all the time you don’t really realize the distance. But it was one of the best walks I’ve taken there. You see so much and get a feel of how the local Parisian’s live.

    • WorldInParis
      02/25/2017 at 8:11 pm

      Nancy, this is also my favourite walk 😉

  • Louiela
    01/20/2017 at 3:57 pm

    I am such a slow wanderer and walking along Seine during a short layover would only make me feel bad. Or I have the choice to cancel my flight and stay for a few more days… 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      02/26/2017 at 11:13 pm

      Or even better, instead of a layover make Paris your final destination 😉

  • Revathi
    01/20/2017 at 2:05 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I usually get only a short time to explore places on my travels. Your unique collection is so inspiring me to get to Paris right away. All the pics are simply goegeous.

    • WorldInParis
      02/26/2017 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Revathi! Now you know what to do if you have a short time in Paris 😉

  • neha
    01/19/2017 at 2:28 pm

    I am headed in April, and I am super excited to have stumbled upon your post. I have nearly two full days and an evening for my stay in Paris. And most of the places that you mention here are on my radar. I am planning for a 2 days hop on hop off bus ticket and then covering as many sites as possible. Can you guide me on the route to take? I am put up at ibis styles paris

  • Gokul Raj
    01/10/2017 at 6:03 am

    Also you have to take care that you do not get lost in the beautiful city or else you are gonna miss your flight.

    • WorldInParis
      01/10/2017 at 8:35 pm

      I would not mind to miss a flight in Paris! 🙂

  • Michelle
    01/09/2017 at 4:40 pm

    Such a beautiful city and so many memories. I really need to go back and explore again 😉

  • Emily
    01/09/2017 at 4:11 pm

    A perfect walking itinerary along the Seine! I like the sound of the bars too; you can’t visit Paris without sampling the nightlife. Will save this for the next time I get to Paris.

    • WorldInParis
      01/10/2017 at 8:36 pm

      It depends on the time of the layover. If it is during the day or in summer time I prefer the walking 😉

  • Tara
    01/09/2017 at 2:25 pm

    What a tease to spend such a short time in Paris! I would definitely plan for a long layover, but I guess that even if I had a short time to spend, I would have to get out of the airport and enjoy it. I would probably find myself just walking the streets, soaking it all in – such a gorgeous city.

    • WorldInParis
      01/10/2017 at 8:37 pm

      Wow, it is like if you were already here! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Castaway with Crystal
    01/09/2017 at 11:43 am

    YESSSS I can’t wait to visit France and you just got me even more excited! Thanks for the post 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      01/10/2017 at 8:38 pm

      Any coming trip here? 🙂

  • Kerri
    01/09/2017 at 10:47 am

    As always, the more time I spend in Paris the more I find more little tricks like this. The rooftop bars will be on my list next time.

    • WorldInParis
      01/10/2017 at 8:38 pm

      Oh, there are plenty, for every taste! Especially in summer time

  • Matilda
    01/09/2017 at 10:35 am

    Great guide. Makes me want to go back to Paris to do some of the things I missed.

  • Lyssie
    01/09/2017 at 5:24 am

    I lived in Spain and never made it to France! It was right next door and I never got there. Next time I go to Europe, I’m going to try to book a layover in Paris and hit up everything you mentioned here!

    • WorldInParis
      02/02/2017 at 9:49 pm

      Europe is small but there are soooo many interesting things concentrated that I can understand you never wanted to cross the Pyrennées 😉

  • Juliette @ Snorkels to Snow
    01/09/2017 at 1:27 am

    Paris is a playground! I’ve never been in shortage of things to do in Paris, I don’t know how I’d get around everything I wanted to see with just a layover! But great post for those short on time.

  • Damien McGuigan
    01/08/2017 at 9:44 pm

    Paris is one of the few large cities which I actually enjoy. I much prefer it over London for example

  • Lillian Small
    01/08/2017 at 4:08 pm

    Great list! I lived in Paris for 3.5 years and you covered it pretty well considering the short time Even after that long, I still have so much more to discover and appreciate. God I love that city 🙂 [Under 1000 club]

  • Kaylene
    01/08/2017 at 4:05 pm

    There’s so much to experience in Paris. I’ve only been once but hope to be visit again. I love walking around the city so I’d really enjoy strolling along the Seine and taking in all the views.

  • Nathan
    01/08/2017 at 3:21 am

    I’ve never been to Paris but I’ll have to keep this around for when I finally get there. I don’t usually drink Bloody Mary’s but I wouldn’t be able to pass up a chance to try one at the very bar where they were invented!

  • Lyssie
    01/08/2017 at 12:56 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Paris! Now I know I can hit up all the main sights in Paris on a layover. Thanks for this!

    • WorldInParis
      02/20/2017 at 10:50 pm

      You are welcome, Lyssie 🙂

  • Justine Cross
    01/07/2017 at 8:25 pm

    I adore Paris and this post is just making me want to go back there again. Such a beautiful city!