Paris in April 2024 – Quick Guide by a Local

April in Paris

All you need to know and the best things to do in Paris in April 2024.

Is April a good time to go to Paris? April is a wonderful month to visit Paris, but it is also a very busy one. Spring has well and truly started in Paris in April, and despite frequent showers, the city fills with flowers and perfumes, and the locals start to populate the parks.

In 2024, Easter falls in April, and although France is not known for its religious celebrations, the city becomes especially appealing for those who can get some days off.

In Paris, April is a combination of city perfection with busy crowds, and it is a great month for sightseeing, outdoor activities, and day trips out of the capital. If you want to visit Paris in April, here’s the guide to April in Paris 2024 to get the most out of your time in the French capital.

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  3. Hotel Ducs de Bourgogne (super central 4-star hotel near the Louvre)

» Top-Rated Paris Tours & Tickets:

  1. Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket
  2. Eiffel Tower Summit Access Ticket
  3. Seine River Night Cruise
  4. Catacombs Skip-the-line tour with VIP access to restricted areas

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Table of Contents:

  • Is Paris in April Busy? Crowds Forecast
  • Weather in Paris in April
  • What to Wear in Paris in April 2024
  • Best Tips for Visiting Paris in April
  • Best Things to Do in Paris April 2024 (and Events in Paris April 2024)
  • Where to Stay in Paris in April

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Is Paris in April Busy? Crowds Forecast

Paris in the Springtime

April in Paris is the beginning of the high season in France, so it is a busy month. If you visit Paris in April, you will not see the crowds of July and August, but still, it is a good idea to book accommodation and tickets to the main attractions well in advance.

Paris in April is crazy busy during the weeks of Easter and spring school holidays (more in the following chapters).

Below I list the main Paris attractions you will need advance tickets for and have added links to my favorite trusty providers for your convenience.

Weather in Paris in April

Springtime in Paris

How is the weather in Paris in April? April is spring in Paris, and you can expect lovely weather with mild temperatures and the occasional showers. April in Paris is one of the best times for sightseeing and exploring the city on foot or by bike.

At this time of the year, the weather is changeable, and you will need to dress in layers.  

The average temperature in Paris in April is 16C maximum and 8C minimum, with a 14% chance of rain.

A foldable umbrella will be your best friend when you visit Paris in early April, but you can simply find refuge in a Parisian café and resume sightseeing when it stops raining.

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What to Wear in Paris in April 2024

What to wear in Paris in Summer and Spring

April is a spring month in Paris. The weather is changeable, but usually, the temperatures are mild. Early mornings and evenings tend to be cold, and you will need to wrap up a little more, but overall, mid-season clothes and layers should do.

What to pack for Paris in April? At the beginning of the month, you may see many locals still wearing winter coats, but as the month progresses, the temperatures get warmer. Before leaving for Paris, check the weather forecast, and decide if you need warmer clothes.

Then you will need good walking shoes (ankle boots or winter sneakers are perfect, ideally waterproof), socks and tights and long trousers. Finally, pack long-sleeved tops and sweaters.

For Paris in April, check out our Spring /Summer packing lists for a more Parisian look.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in April

If you are visiting Paris for the first time and plan to visit many tourist sights, consider purchasing a Paris tourist pass to save time and money. Check out this Paris Tourist Pass Comparison to find the best pass for you.

If you want to visit only a few attractions, buy skip-the-line tickets or bundle tickets for your favorite sites.

30 March and 1 April 2024 are holiday days in France (Sunday and Monday Easter). This is a popular time to visit Paris, and also locals like to travel around the country and abroad. Therefore, booking flight tickets, train tickets, and accommodation well in advance is paramount.

6 April to 22 April 2024 are the school holidays in Paris, and, commonly, parents take one week off for a family cultural trip somewhere else in France or Europe. If you decide to come to Paris in late April, book things in advance, especially train and flight tickets from /to Paris.

If you plan to visit Paris in April, always have some indoor activities in mind for the occasional showers. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of fun things to do when it rains in Paris.

A week before the departure, check out our Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always up to date. You never know with the French . . . 😉

Need insurance for France? Be sure to check SafetyWing, our trusted travel insurance policy for long and short trips (starting with a minimum of 5 days). Since August 2020, it has covered COVID-19 for new policies purchased, and since April 2021, unplanned quarantine has been covered, too. 

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Best Things to Do in Paris April 2024 (and Events in Paris April 2024)

What to do in Paris in April 2024? If you visit Paris for the first time, you may have some of the main attractions, like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum, on your Paris bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for first-timers in Paris, and they are planned around the main attractions and neighborhoods in Paris:

Here’s the list of the best things to do in April in Paris 2024, seasonal activities in Paris in April with something for everyone. Some of the events (or the dates of certain events) are still to be confirmed, so keep clicking for the latest updates.

EXPLORE PARIS BY BIKE

Paris by Bike

April in Paris is an excellent month to explore the city by bike. Instead of taking the dark and crowded metro, get some fresh air and enjoy Paris in the spring on your bike.

Check out this Paris by Bike Quick Guide to learn how to navigate the city on two wheels and for the best bike tours covering Paris. For a fun and relaxing day, you can also consider Versailles by bike or the trail along Canal de l’Ourcq.

LOOK FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PARIS

Cherry Blossoms - Notre Dame Cathedral

Cherry blossoms in Paris bloom from March to April, so if you visit Paris in early April, you will find many beautiful spots in the city with beautiful cherry blossoms.

Check out our quick guide to the Cherry Blossoms in Paris for the full list of places and the approximate dates.

VISIT ONE OF THE SMALL TOWNS NEAR PARIS

Moret-sur-Loing France

There’s always something new to see in the capital, but when the weather is good, get on a train and explore one of the beautiful small towns around Paris.

The surroundings of Paris are dotted with some picturesque small towns worth a day trip. After the long winter, these towns come to life in April, especially on the weekends.

Where to go for a day out of Paris in April? Provins is a pretty medieval town very easy to reach by train whilst Auvers-sur-Oise is famous for Van Gogh. For a good combination of sightseeing and nature, head to Fontainebleau to visit the castle and a hike in the forest Click here for the list of best small towns near Paris

EASTER IN PARIS 2024

Easter Eggs in Paris

Easter in France is all about church services, meals with family, and spectacular chocolate creations.

During Easter in Paris, all the pâtisseries and chocolate shops throughout the city decorate their shop windows with awesome Easter goodies and colorful cakes. Shop displays by Pierre Hermé, Patrick Roger, or Jean-Paul Hévin are well known by everybody and wonderful to see.

To get the most out of the season, take this Chocolate, Pastries & Macaron Walking Tour of Saint-Germain, a picturesque neighborhood well known for its chocolate and cake shops.

TAKE A FOOD TOUR IN PARIS

food tours in Paris

Food tours are a good option to learn more about the local food and get some fresh air when it is not too cold outside. Food tours in Paris usually cover a specific area or neighborhood, so they are also a good way to learn more about this area whilst enjoying great food.

Learn about the best food in Paris and get some good addresses to eat or buy while exploring your favorite neighborhood in Paris.

The best food tours in Paris cover the neighborhoods of Le Marais, Saint Germain-des-Prés, and Montmartre. If you are interested in local food, consider this top-rated Paris Gourmet Walking Tour in the Latin Quarter.

FUN IN THE PARK WITH A SELF-GUIDED TREASURE HUNT

Luxembourg Gardens Paris

Paris is home to many interesting museums, but when the weather is nice, it is hard to stay indoors in the City of Light!

Treasure Hunts and Scavenger Hunts are a great way to explore the city, especially if you are looking for alternative or unusual things to do in Paris. Treasure Hunts take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past.

If you are blessed with a day of sunshine and blue sky in Paris in April, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors to get the most out of the city, that’s what Parisians do!

>> Take this self-guided Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens to find Queen Marie de Médicis’ most precious treasure.

>> Take this self-guided Scavenger Hunt in the Tuileries Garden to help its lost soul find its way to its final resting place.

Both hunts are great for learning more about two of the most lovely places in central Paris.

VISIT MONET’S GARDEN IN GIVERNY

After some sleepy months, Monet’s house in Giverny opens its doors in spring, and this is one of the best trips from Parisclick here for a quick guide to Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

In spring, Monet’s garden comes into full bloom! The main blooms in April are the great hybrids, narcissi and daffodils, and tulips. Then, they are joined by other spring bulbs of all colors. Over the month, the wallflowers start to appear too.

April is definitely too early for the water lilies, but you can see two of the emblematic trees in Monet’s garden (the apple tree and the cherry tree) start to bloom Click here to book a half-day private tour to Monet’s Gardens

TAKE A DAY CRUISE TO SAIL THE SEINE RIVER

Seine River in Paris

In Paris, April is a great month to take a Seine Cruise along the Seine River. If the weather is good, hop on a boat and enjoy Paris’ main attractions Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre III, Orsay Museum, or the Eiffel Tower from the water.

There are different Seine River experiences, with or without meals, and it mostly depends on your budget.

>> Seine River cruise, with or without meal – the most touristy

>> The Batobus (hop on, hop off boat tour) – the most local

>> Private River Cruise with skipper (8pax max) – the fanciest!

>> City and River Seine Tour with an Amphibious Bus – the quirkiest!

FUN AT THE COLOR OBSTACLE RUSH

Holi Festival in Paris

If you visit Paris in April, don’t miss the Color Obstacle Rush Paris 2024, the funniest and most colorful race! The Color Obstacle Rush Paris takes place on the leisurely island of Jablines-Annet in Seine-et-Marne on 27 April 2024.

The Color Obstacle Rush Paris 2024 is a 5km race to lie with your family or friends. There’s no time limit, no winners or losers: the main goal is to have fun! The track comes with 20 fun obstacles, 6 color zones, 20 music zones, and surprise performances all along the course for a maximum of fun.

To participate, go to the official website to register (https://colorobstaclerush.fr/).

LOOK FOR THE BEST VIEWS IN PARIS

View from the Pantheon - Paris 5

Paris is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, especially in spring, with the trees in full bloom. Photography in Paris in the spring is a wonder!

Look for the best views of the Eiffel Tower for the most iconic clichés, but there are many other places perfect for some selfies or photoshoots.

Check out our list of the best views in Paris that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Paris in April.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN APRIL IN PARIS 2024

Create your Louvre Guide

When you travel to Paris in April, you may want to check the list of temporary exhibitions, especially if this is not your first time in Paris.

Here’s the list of the best exhibitions in Paris, April 2024, with something for every traveler.

Notre Dame de Paris, from Builders to Restorers – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, from 15 February 2023 to 29 April 2024

Loading. Urban Art in the Digital Age – Grand Palais Immersif, from 6 December 2023 to 21 July 2024

Prehistomania – Musée de l’Homme, until 24 May 2024

Mark Rothko Fondation Louis Vuitton, until 2 April 2024

Rudolf Nureyev at the Paris Opera – Opéra Garnier, from 21 December to 5 May 2024

The Egypt of the Pharaohs, from Cheops to Ramses II – Atelier des Lumières, from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025

The Orientalists: Ingres, Délacroix, Gérôme… – Atelier des Lumières, from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025

Félins – Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, from 22 March 2023 to 21 April 2024

Immersive Experience “Aura Invalides” – Musée de l’Armée, from 22 Septembre 2023 to 31 December 2024

Johnny Hallyday, l’Exposition à Paris – Porte de Versailles, from 22 December 2023 to 19 June 2024.

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR PARIS IN APRIL?

Need more inspiration for when you visit Paris in April? You can have a look at our articles about March in Paris or May in Paris. Some of the activities suggested in these pieces are also great for April in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris in April

We recommend Booking.com for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


WAKE UP WITH AN EIFFEL TOWER VIEW

If you have the budget, why not treat yourself to the pleasure of waking up at an amazing hotel with an Eiffel Tower view? Some of the best hotels in Paris also come with awesome views of the Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show! – Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views


HOTELS AT LE MARAIS IN PARIS 3

Le Marais is a central neighborhood in the Seine’s Right Bank, perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is beautiful, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options – Click here for the best hotels in Le Marais


HOTELS AT THE LATIN QUARTER

If you prefer to stay in the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is also a good option, usually with less expensive options. Stay close to the Luxembourg Gardens or the Jardin des Plantes but also to lively areas like rue du Mouffetard or the Sorbonne, with many bars and restaurants nearby – Click here for the best hotels in the Latin Quarter

And there you have it, our quick guide to Paris April 2024 with the best tips and things to do in Paris in April. Bon voyage!

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