Trying to plan a trip to Paris can be overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for overseas travel.
One of the hard parts of getting organized to travel is to know what are the best sites to use to book travel, what gear you need to buy and what other tools are useful. It can feel complicated and frustrating.
Well, we can help with it with it! Here is an up-to-date list of Paris Travel Resources and Travel Essentials that we recommend. Check also our best Paris Travel Tips to help you plan your dream vacation.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PARIS TRIP PLANNING
From Paris to the World (and vice versa)
» Rome 2 Rio – This is a great search engine to find the best way to go from A to B. Rome 2 Rio shows all the transportation options, travel time and a travel cost estimate. We use it especially when we do day trips or long weekend trips around France.
Booking flights and airport info
Searching for flights is tedious, and to be honest, almost impossible to figure out how to find the good deals. Despite there are lots of articles on how to find the best day to book flights, in the end, it’s a trial and error process.
» Kayak – this is a booking site to help you find the cheapest flights. What we like about kayak is its flexible search options like searching an entire month or year, or search from one airport to “everywhere”. Also, there are no surprises at the end of the booking process because before starting we introduce our luggage items to check in and the credit card we are going to use to pay.
» Sleeping in Airports – we would not like you to use this site but if you ever get stuck with an overnight layover, this is a very cool guide to how and where to sleep in any airport in the world, French airports included.
Traveling from Paris Airport to City
» To and From the Airport – check section #6 on our Paris Travel Planner for information about transportation to and from the Parisian airports.
» Welcome Pickups – proposes a great and comfortable transfer service from the airport to the city and vice versa. Hoppa has many transfer options, from shared mini shuttles to private transfers. This is a great option for those who prefer to avoid the hassle of public transportation at their arrival to Paris. If you are traveling with your family or a small group of friends do the math: sometimes private transfers are more convenient for groups than paying a single transportation ticket each.
Visa and Travel Insurance
Schengen Area nowadays covers most of the European Countries with an exception made for the United Kingdom and the countries that are soon to be part of this agreement as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Ireland. If you are traveling to Paris (and France) and you are a citizen of a country non-member of the Schengen Area, you probably will need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone.
If you are traveling to Paris from Europe, probably it is cheaper to travel by train. Another advantage of train travel is that you arrive directly to Paris city center so you avoid the extra cost and hassle of transportation to and from the Parisian airports. Paris is well connected by train from lots of cities in Germany and also other popular European cities like Amsterdam, London, Bruxelles, Bruges, Milan or Barcelona. Trains are also the best way to travel around France, at least to the main French cities.
» Rail Europe – this is a very good site to book tickets throughout Europe. It avoids you the hassle of checking different websites for each country in Europe plus it is a great site to get train passes.
» Seat61 – this is the website with the best information on train travel and routes around the world (not only in Europe).
GETTING AROUND PARIS
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» Check our Where to Stay in Paris Section, where we talk about all kinds of accommodation in Paris.
» Before choosing where to stay, we recommend to read our Districts of Paris Guide, to get a sense of what Arrondissement of Paris suits you best.
Viator and Get Your Guide – are two online tour operators with good reviews and customer satisfaction. Both have similar kind of tours and prices. When we want to recommend a specific experience to our users, we always check on both sites looking for the tour that matches with what we have in mind. If they propose the same kind of tour, we tend to pick the cheapest tour operator or the one with better reviews for that tour.
» Looking for useful Travel Photography Tips for improving your photos in Paris? Check this Paris Photography Guide, with the best places to capture the most iconic photos and many photography tips.
PARIS PACKING LISTS
We are writing different Paris packing lists depending on the season or the weather. We also write travel products reviews.
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If you don’t know what to wear in Paris, or how to get that famous Parisian Style, we also propose different outfits to dress in Paris Like a Local. These outfits are thought for different kind of activities and seasons. Check out our most popular Paris Outfits to visit Paris.
BEST TRAVEL PRODUCTS
In this section, you will find reviews of the best products to help you travel smarter. This includes many guides to the best products to help make your trip a success.
» Read how to choose the best travel backpack here
OTHER TIPS TO VISIT PARIS
Parisians and French
Of course, exploring local Paris is easier if you know a little bit of French. However, more and more Parisians can speak English (or try to . .) so if you don’t speak French don’t be shy to ask in English.
PRO TIP: Even if you don’t speak French start the conversation with an “Excusez-moi, bonjour . . .” before switching to English. These three magic words change e-ve-ry-thing: you will make Parisians happy and they will do their best to help you.
» If you are considering learning a little bit of French, check out the best way to learn a new language.
Beware of Pickpockets
Unfortunately, Paris seems to be one of the cities where pickpockets are most active so perhaps it’s a good thing to learn how to avoid pickpockets when traveling
Free Water in Paris
Drinking water is available throughout the city except for that in ornamented fountains. There are more than 100 water fountains in Paris, some of them also with sparkling water! You can check the map with all the drinking points here.
Also, you can have free water in most of the Parisian restaurants and brasseries without any problem, they won’t look at you bad! Just say “une carafe d’eau, s’il vous plait” and you are served!
Visiting Paris with a Disability
The city is doing a great effort to make Paris a more friendly city for disabled tourists. Check out this page, with all the info about accessible places and activities.
PARIS EXTRA RESOURCES
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