Paris Planning Challenge DAY3 – HOW TO GET AROUND PARIS
Welcome to DAY 3!
During the first day, you learned about Paris and shortlisted a couple of Paris Arrondissements where you would like to stay. Yesterday you wrote a short list of your main criteria for finding a place to stay in the city and you booked your accommodation in Paris.
Today we are going to learn how to get around Paris so it’s a very easy task!
» Paris is a very walkable city. If the weather is nice, you will want to walk the big avenues along the Seine or the cobbled streets at Le Marais.
» The Parisian Metro is the most popular means of public transportation in Paris.
» More than ever, Parisians are looking for more eco-friendly solutions to move around to reduce their carbon footprint. Private means of transportation like bikes or electrical kick scooters have gained overwhelming popularity in the city and they are today a trend in Paris.
» Read our article on how to use the Paris Metro to get familiar with the most popular transportation in Paris.
» Look for the closest metro station to your hotel or apartment. Does it make part of what metro line number? What color? If you booked your accommodation through booking.com you can check it on your booking confirmation. Just below the property name, there is a link to a map of Paris (Show Map link) showing your hotel’s location with information like metro stations or main sights.
» Decide how to reach your accommodation from the Paris train station /Paris Airport. You have some hints here below.
» If you choose a transfer service, book it as soon as you can.
OUR TIP: Last months, Paris (and France) were hit by many transportation strikes (flights and trains). We suggest having a look at our article on Transportation Strikes in Paris one month in advance and one week before your trip so you have time to prepare a plan B, if necessary.
Traveling to Paris by Train
» Paris train stations are located within the city. If you are traveling to Paris by train the best way to reach your hotel, or apartment in Paris from any train station is by metro.
- Gare de l’Est is connected to metro lines 7, 5 and 4
- Gare du Nord is connected to metro lines 4, 5 and train RER B
- Gare de Lyon is connected to metro lines 1, 14 and train RER A
- Gare de Montparnasse is connected to metro lines 4, 6, 12, 13
Traveling to Paris by Plane
There are three airports near Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG Airport), Orly Airport (ORY Airport) and Paris Beauvais Airport, located more or less far from the city center. CDG Airport (north of Paris) and ORY Airport (south of Paris) are more or less at the same distance from Paris. Paris Beauvais, instead, is located in the city of Beauvais (90km from Paris).
How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris
How to get from Orly Airport to Paris
How to get from Beauvais Airport to Paris
Beauvais airport has a shuttle service from Paris Beauvais to Porte Maillot Bus Station (at the entrance of Paris). The ticket costs 17€ (or 15.90€ if you buy it online in advance) for a journey of 1h 15min. Once you arrive at Porte Maillot Bus Station you will need to take the metro to reach your final destination (the shuttle ticket does not include the Paris Metro ride).
Private Transportation Paris Airports to City – The Most Comfortable
We like Welcome ‘s transfer services (only private transfers available), with good cars and the best English speaking drivers in Paris. Their flight monitoring means their drivers are always on time. With Welcome, you can pre-book some essentials for your stay in Paris like sim cards or hot spots. These essentials are delivered by your Welcomer so you are all set since you land to Paris!
Viator proposes private airport transfers and shared airport transfers from Paris Airports to the city. They also cover Paris Airport transfers to Disneyland Resort Paris. Shared transfers, with a maximum of 8 people per transfer, are a very convenient option especially if you are traveling alone. In both cases, you will never need to walk more than 100m to the shuttle and you will be dropped off at your hotel in Paris.
That’s ALL for today! Look out for Day 4 of the challenge at the same time tomorrow.
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