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Paris Travel Blog 2018. Last update: June 2018



Visiting Paris for the First Time? Does travel planning take so much of your time and effort? Don’t you know where to get reliable information for your first trip to Paris? Paris for first timers can be overwhelming but look no further, our Paris Travel Planner is the best tool for people planning a trip to Paris, with all the Paris tips and tricks that you need for your first time in Paris.

Some questions to ask yourself which help plan your first trip to Paris accordingly:
» How much time do you have for visiting Paris?
» Who are you traveling with?
» What kind of experiences do you like?


Good reads before visiting Paris



“Paris is always a good idea” and there is never a bad time to visit the City of Light. The city has great parks and beautiful avenues and streets but it has also some of the best museums in the world and other interesting indoor options.

If you are flexible with dates, consider are the low /high season and the weather in Paris. If you are traveling on a budget, choose the cheapest days to fly (usually Tuesday and Wednesday). This is what you need to know:

Paris Travel Planning

READ: Falling in like with Paris


Best Season to Visit Paris (Paris Annual Weather)

What is the best season to travel to Paris? This graphic below represents the weather in Paris year round, average temperatures (in Celsius) and average rainfall (%).

Weather in Paris year round, Best Time to Visit Paris - Planning a Trip to Paris

Springtime in Paris means lots of green, trees in flower and the city is famous for its cherry blossoms. However, temperatures are still fresh (minimums of 4C° to 10C°), with frequent rains. Don’t forget to pack an umbrella and a jacket in your Paris sightseeing bag.

Paris is one of the best summer destinations in Europe. Summer in Paris means longer days, a nice temperature (maximums of 23C° to 25C°) and there are festivals and outdoor options everywhere. However, summer is also the high season in Paris which means more tourists, long lines to visit Paris’ main attractions and higher prices.

Autumn is in our opinion the best season to visit Paris. The colors of the trees are gorgeous, temperatures are still nice (maximums of 11C° to 21C°) and there are definitely fewer people around. Last couple of years we could organize outdoor activities until mid-November, with nice and sunny days.

Winter in Paris is not the best time to go to Paris in terms of weather (minimums of 2C° to 7°C and only 4 to 5 hours of light). However, some people love visiting Paris in the winter time to see Paris at Christmas, especially Paris Christmas Markets. Also, there are lots of romantic things to do in Paris for Saint Valentine’s Day in February.


Tourist Seasons in Paris

High season in Paris is considered from 1st April to 31st October. It means nice weather and more hours of daylight and many people will tell you this is the best time to travel to Paris. But at the same time, this is not the best season to visit Paris in terms of budget (best accommodation booked, higher prices). Also, the city is too crowded with tourists while locals are somewhere else on holidays.

Low season in Paris goes from 1st November to 31st March, with the exception of the Christmas holidays. This is the cheapest time to visit Paris and the best time to visit Paris to avoid the crowds. If you decide to travel off-season you will get a more local experience and it will be easier to find good deals in accommodation, for example.

In the end, Paris is always a movable feast and (sun or rain) you will have a great time.


Best Time to go to Paris: Our Paris Tips and Tricks 

Be flexible with your dates. Flexibility is the key, especially if you are traveling on a budget. Train or flight tickets to Paris will be more expensive:

» During the school holidays ;

» During holidays in France or Europe;

» If you are arriving /leaving on weekend;

» During days like New Year’s Eve or Saint Valentine’s Day.

If you are a museum lover, the best time to go to Paris for you will be probably the first weekend of the month. On the first Sunday of the month, many museums in Paris can be visited for free. Some of these museums have this offer all the year. Instead, other museums are only for free during the winter.



Paris has 3 airports: Paris Charles de Gaulle (North of Paris), Paris Orly (South of Paris) and Paris Beauvais, which is out of Paris. If you are traveling overseas, you will probably land to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If you are traveling with a low-cost airline like Ryan Air, you will probably land at Paris Beauvais Airport. Charles de Gaulle and Orly are more or less at the same distance from Paris so if you are traveling from Europe, you can choose whatever flight (or flight company) you like. We don’t like Orly that much so we always try to book flights from /to Paris Charles de Gaulle. But this is just our opinion.

We always search flights with, it’s one of our favorite booking sites and very easy to use. With Kayak there are no additional costs at the end of the booking process: since the beginning, we know what we will pay by introducing our preferred payment method and items to check-in.



Paris for first timers can be challenging, especially when it comes to deciding in which area you want to stay.

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts) which are also administrative divisions. In each Paris Arrondissement, there is a town hall and a mayor, as well as elected officials, a council, a politician, and so on. Of course, each division is still subject to the overall policy of the city and the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo.

To find your bearings in Paris there is a little trick: the 1st Paris arrondissement is in the center of Paris, then the other Paris arrondissements are located forming a spiral turning clockwise, to finish in the 20th in the east.

READ MORE –  Guide to Paris Arrondissements (Paris by Arrondissement)

Map of Paris by Arrondissement

Choosing where to stay when you visit Paris for the first time is a difficult decision because each Paris Arrondissement has its own character and charm. You may find helpful our Arrondissements of Paris posts. On these posts, we give you the essence of each arrondissement and our tips to explore Paris like a local. We started this series of posts in April 2017 so it will take us some time to reach Paris 20 but we will make it!



So you got your train or flight tickets for your trip to Paris and the countdown starts. You are going to Paris for the first time and you are very excited! In the previous chapter you have more or less decided where to stay in Paris (the Arrondissement of Paris) and now it is time to book your accommodation.

Hotels in Paris

Hotels and Hostels in Paris

In a city like Paris, there is accommodation for all budgets, the sky is the limit! If you are traveling on a budget, check our post with the best hostels in Paris (dorms but also private rooms). You will be surprised at how cute our proposals are but in a city like Paris, it could not be otherwise!

For those people with a higher budget and looking for hotels that give a distinctive feel, we hand-picked some unique hotels in Paris with themed rooms for couples to visit the City of Light in style. Finally, if you want to enjoy the essence of Paris also from your room and you have the budges, go for a Paris hotel with Eiffel Tower view.


When it comes to booking your bed in Paris, the best site to search and compare different accommodation options in Europe is because you have everything from hostels to luxury hotels. What we have found quite regularly on is that you can get a room in a small hotel for the same price as a hostel. Research makes all the difference!

Paris Travel Planner: book your stay with


Furnished Apartments in Paris

For a much more local experience, consider renting an apartment in Paris. This is definitely a much more local option than a hotel or a hostel, plus it has some other advantages. For example, a Paris furnished apartment will give you a little more room to spread out and be comfortable, there are more privacy and freedom than in hotels or hostels and you can even cook some of your meals to save money. If you decide to rent an apartment in Paris we recommend which also does apartment rentals for travelers with a very good service.

» Click here to view the Best Apartments in Paris with


Have in mind that this kind of apartments is very requested in Paris. For this reason, owners prefer bookings for longer stays rather than just a weekend.

In the end, both hotels and apartments for travelers have its pros and cons. Your best option mostly depends on the type of experience you are looking for and the length of your stay.


Accommodation in Paris: Our Paris Tips and Tricks 

» Book in advance. Paris is one of the cities attiring most visitors in this world so if you book in advance you will have more options and better prices. Arriving in a hostel or hotel without a reservation and trying to negotiate the price for long stays does not work in Paris.

» Avoid Famous Places in Paris if you are traveling on a budget. Accommodation located in iconic places in Paris like Montmartre or Ile de la Cité tend to be more expensive. And it is not only about the hostel or hotel itself, usually in these areas restaurants, bars and food are also more expensive.

» Check our Recommendations. On our Arrondissements of Paris posts, we handpicked some cool options in each price bracket for a specific district of Paris. We spent some time (there are more than 1500 hotels in Paris!) checking their exact location, facilities, and client reviews to be sure you get good value for your money.



If you don’t live in Europe you will probably arrive in Paris by plane. Currently, there are 153 air companies flying to Paris so you can fly to the City of Light from anywhere in the world!

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. If you are traveling overseas you have lots of chances to arrive at CDG Airport. Instead, ORY Airport is more focused on European flights or domestic flights. Finally, Paris Beauvais is used by low-cost flight companies. This airport is located in a city called Beauvais which is 90km far from Paris. Beware that Paris Beauvais is on the top ten list of the worst airports in the world (2017) so if you decide to travel to Paris Beauvais, good luck! 😉

Transportation to Paris City

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris

Private Transportation – The Most Comfortable:

We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services, 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!

BOOK NOW:  Paris Airport Transfer (one way or return) with Welcome

Viator also proposes comfortable shared or private transfers from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris. The shared option is not much more expensive than the train from the airport to Paris plus you avoid the hassle of dragging your big suitcases through the trains and metro stairs and corridors.

BOOK NOW: Transfer from CDG Airport to Paris (one way or return) with Viator


Public Transportation – The Fastest: take the train from Charles de Gaulle to Paris (RER B). The single train ticket costs 10.30€ for a train journey from Paris airport to city center of 40 minutes. You can use the same ticket inside Paris during the next one hour and a half after first validation.


Public Transportation – The Cheapest:

Bus #350 (CDG Airport to Gare de l’Est) for a journey from Paris airport to city center of 60-80 minutes from the starting point and a frequency of 15-30 min. Click here to find all the bus stops and its schedule (“horaires de passage”).

Bus #351 (CDG Airport to Place de la Nation) for a journey  70-90 minutes from the starting point and a frequency of 15-30 min. Click here to find all the bus stops and its schedule (“horaires de passage”).

You can pay this bus with 3 single tickets T+. Every single T+ ticket costs 1,90 €. If you buy a pack of 10 tickets (“carnet de 10”, total cost 14,90€) you will be paying 1,49€ per single ticket so the bus ride will cost you 4.47 €. If you decide to buy this ride directly on the bus the cost will be 6€.

PRO TIP:  if you take bus #350 on the way back to the airport (Paris – CDG Airport), it is better to take it at Porte de la Chapelle instead of Gare de l’Est. Porte de la Chapelle is located at the exit of Paris so you will avoid all the traffic jam (and stress) inside the city and you will save a lot of time. You can reach Porte de la Chapelle by metro with one single ticket and then you use that same ticket + 2 more tickets to take the bus to the airport. The bus stop to Paris Airport is located at the exit of the metro station.

READ MORE –  How to Get from CDG Airport to City Transportation Guide


Orly Airport to Paris

Private Transportation – The Most Comfortable:

We like  Welcome ‘s transfer services, 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!

BOOK NOW:  Paris Airport Transfer (one way or return) with Welcome

Viator also proposes comfortable shared or private transfers from Orly Airport to Paris. The shared option is not much more expensive than the train from the airport to Paris plus you avoid the hassle of dragging your big suitcases through the trains and metro stairs and corridors.

BOOK NOW: Transfer from Orly Airport to Paris (one way or return) with Viator


Public Transportation – The Fastest:

Use the combination Orly Val + Train (RER B). The combined ticket costs 12.05 €  for a journey from Paris airport to city center of 6min (Orly Val) + 33 min (train).  If you buy the tickets separately you will pay 9.30 € + 10.30€ (=19.60 €).

There is also a direct bus, Orly Bus, leaving from Place Denfert Rochereau (Paris 14) to Orly Airport. The price of this bus ticket is 8.30€ for a total ride of 25-30 min.


Public Transportation – The Cheapest: Tramway #7 + Metro. With one single T+ ticket, take the tramway to its last stop, Villejuif – Louis Aragon. There you can take the Parisian metro (L7) to your final destination in Paris. The total ride lasts around 45 minutes.


How to get from Beauvais Airport to Paris

Beauvais airport has a shuttle service from Paris Beauvais to Porte Maillot Bus Station. 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 buy a T+ metro ticket to reach your final destination.



Perfect for Exploring Paris


Paris Points of Interest

What to do in Paris? If you are visiting Paris for the first time you will probably want to visit the main Paris Points of Interest. The top tourist attractions in Paris (by the number of visitors) are the following *:

  • Musée du Louvre 8.7M visitors
  • Tour Eiffel 6.9M visitors
  • Musée d’Orsay 3.4M visitors
  • Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie 1.9M visitors
  • Grand Palais 1.77M visitors
  • Arc de Triomphe 1.76M visitors
  • Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle 1.67M visitors
  • Musée de l’Armée (Les Invalides) 1.41M visitors
  • Musée du Quai Branly 1.3M visitors
  • Tour Montparnasse 1M visitors


*Latest Published Source: Bilan de l’Activité Touristique de l’Année 2015 by Paris Région

Seine River in Paris

Lines to visit these Paris top tourist attractions are guaranteed. Long lines. If you are planning a trip to Paris and you want to visit most of these famous places in Paris you may find convenient to buy a Paris Museum Pass.

The Paris Museum Pass offers visitors direct access to 55 of Paris top attractions and museums in Paris. If your time is limited and you want to visit as many Paris Tourist Places as you can, the Paris Museum Pass is for you. There are three available options: a 2-day pass, a 4 days pass or 6 days pass. You can purchase the Paris Museum Pass in different places like Paris airports, Paris museums included in the Paris Museum pass or dedicated kiosks. To avoid the hassle, we recommend purchasing this pass online. Your pass starts working only when you visit the first Paris attraction so you can buy it months in advance without any problem.

READ MORE –  Paris Museum Pass Review

BOOK NOW:  Click here to Buy a Paris Museum Pass (2 days, 4 days or 6 days) with hotel delivery in Paris


If you want to visit only few Paris monuments or attractions but still you hate the idea of wasting your time waiting in line, probably the best option for you is to buy separate Paris skip the line tickets or tours. We recommend buying Skip the Line Eiffel Tower and Louvre Skip the Line Tickets online. Also, the Paris Catacombs Tour Skip the Line is worth the investment.

READ MORE – Skip the Line in Paris’ Main Attractions


The Louvre Museum

If you are a museum lover, there are 99% of chances that you may want to visit the Louvre Museum and the best of Louvre Palace. Visiting one of the biggest museums in the world spontaneously is not a very good idea, it is better to have a plan! Check our Louvre post below and plan your Louvre tour like a pro.

READ MORE –  Visiting the Louvre Museum Guide: Skip the Line Louvre, Louvre Artwork & Best Louvre Tips


Unique Things to Do in Paris /Paris Off the Beaten Path

Apart from the top sights in Paris, there are other fantastic, sometimes quirky, things to do and visit up and down the city. On this blog, we spend lots of time exploring these unusual things to do in Paris. Check our proposals and explore Paris Off the Beaten Path.

READ: 14 Bucket List Worthy Things to do in Paris

Musée des Arts Forains Paris


Best Day Trips from Paris /Best Paris Day Tours

If you have a couple of extra days in the city, visit the surroundings of Paris. Apart from Disneyland Paris or Versailles Palace and Gardens, there are many interesting side trips from Paris to see cute small towns. These day trips from Paris are very easy to reach by public transportation.

READ MORE –  Best Day Trips from Paris and Best Paris Day Tours

Senlis, France



Paris is a very walkable city and the best way to get around Paris is on your own feet. However, there are other means of transportation in Paris which are also very handy:

Visit Paris by Metro

The Paris metro tickets T+ (metro, bus, RER, and tramway) cost 1,90€ each (2€ on board a bus). A Carnet de 10 (10 Paris T+ tickets) costs 14.90€, so the single ticket will cost you 1,45€. The Parisian metro is the second oldest metro in the world, it is working since 1900! When you visit Paris by metro remember that it has some really beautiful stations worth the visit.

READ MORE –   How to Use the Parisian Metro: Maps, Passes and Metro Apps

The Parisian Metro

Paris by Bike

Environmentally friendly, cheap, healthy and surprisingly convenient for navigating perilously congested city streets, the bike is becoming the preferred mode of transportation in Paris. World In Paris has a soft spot for bikes, especially for beautiful vintage bikes. Check our Paris by Bike Guide with all that you need to know if you want to bike in Paris.

READ MORE –  Paris by Bike (the full guide!)

Paris by Bike

Paris by Boat

In our opinion, la Seine is the most beautiful avenue in Paris and if you are Paris first-timer you should consider a cruise along the river. Admire Notre Dame, Les Invalides, the famous Eiffel Tower and life in general from another perspective, from the water!

The city of Paris proposes an alternative to the pricey river cruises, the Batobus. On the Batobus you get also a more local experience: boats are smaller (up to 200 people), no bla bla for tourists, you can carry your bike with you and the price is less expensive (17€ daily pass /11€ with any Navigo card). Batobus has 9 stops all along the Seine, from Beaugrenelle (Paris 15) to Cité de la Mode (Paris 13).



Check our Yummy Paris, with all about Paris Food: Famous Food in Paris, Where to Eat in Paris (tips from the locals!), Food Festivals in Paris and much more. This is a living page which we are continuously “feeding” with our Parisian friends’ suggestions so we recommend you to come back from time to time to check the newest additions.

Bistros of Paris



Never leave home without a travel insurance. Unfortunately, s**t happens and if it happens while traveling you will want to be covered. Check our post about different types of Travel Insurance for Paris or Europe to get the full picture.

READ MORE –  How to choose the best Travel Insurance for Paris (and Europe)


We use and recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance, specially designed for travelers. Summer or winter travel, sightseeing city breaks or adventure travels, they have the best insurance proposal to cover your needs.

We hope that our Paris Trip Planner will be helpful for your first trip to Paris. If you liked this post and found it useful, spread the word and share the Paris Travel Planner with your friends through your favorite social media. For more Paris Tips and Tricks, and tons of Travel Inspiration we invite you to join our newsletter (inscription box at the end of the post). We would love to hear about your adventures in Paris so feel free to share your pictures on our facebook page

Bon voyage!



If your first trip to Paris will be a short layover only, check our post below. This post was specially written for those people visiting Paris for a few hours only, who want to get a glimpse of the City of Lights.

READ MORE –  Layover in Paris Things to Do and Best Tips

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  • Nathan
    08/31/2017 at 4:02 pm

    This seems so handy! I’ve never been but I’m saving this for when I do finally go. It looks like such an amazing city– I can’t wait!

    • WorldInParis
      08/31/2017 at 5:51 pm

      Great! Planning a Paris trip soon? 🙂

  • Mav
    08/14/2017 at 2:07 am

    Planning our Paris trip for next week and your blog is very helpful 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      08/14/2017 at 2:25 pm

      Oh, cool! I wish you a great stay in Paris. And remember to leave the beaten track from time to time 😉

  • Omar
    05/14/2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been twice to Paris, during spring and autumn, both were incredible experiences! Would be nice to visit during summer, a hot day walking along the edge of the Seine sounds nice!

    • WorldInParis
      05/15/2017 at 10:24 pm

      In summer there is Paris Plage (Paris beach) along the Seine! 🙂

  • WorldInParis
    05/10/2017 at 4:53 pm

    April may be a little bit rainy. At least it was rainy last two years 🙁

  • Kate
    05/09/2017 at 10:22 pm

    I was in Paris two weeks ago and absolutely love it. I stayed just across from the Île de la Cité which was perfect. A cute little hotel and walking distance from Notre Dame. There is so much I would like to go back and see. I did a lot already but I feel like Paris could be explored for years. I ate the best duck and also macarons that I’ve ever had. I will go back and I’ll check out your posts for more information

    • WorldInParis
      05/10/2017 at 4:51 pm

      Cool, thanks! If you write your adventures about Paris you can share them on our FB page 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      05/12/2017 at 8:36 pm

      Yes, Paris could be explored for years, actually that’s what we do in World in Paris ! ,-)

  • Carmen Edelson
    05/09/2017 at 10:19 pm

    This is so helpful! I have a friend going to Paris for the first time so I’ll be sure to send this her way. thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      05/10/2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Carmen. Hopefully she will also find it useful 😉

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    05/09/2017 at 4:49 am

    Great tool to plan a trip to Paris. When we went there we had got a Paris Pass and found our way around by trial and error. A planner like this would have been a boon and would have saved us a lot of time. We could have spent that time in one of the fascinating museums 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      05/10/2017 at 4:53 pm

      So I was late! Maybe you can use it for your next time in Paris 😉

  • Charlotte
    05/09/2017 at 3:46 am

    There’s some really great information in here – I’ll definitely come back when I go.

    • WorldInParis
      05/10/2017 at 4:54 pm

      Glad that you liked it 🙂

  • Castaway with Crystal
    05/08/2017 at 1:22 pm

    This is a really comprehensive and useful guide. So much information! Thank you 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks to you for your nice comment 🙂

  • Barb
    05/08/2017 at 12:36 pm

    It s a great little into for everyone who visits Paris. Paris is a must for everyone, who wants to see Europe. It is one of the most beautiful capitals in the World.

    • WorldInParis
      08/03/2017 at 1:03 pm

      I totally agree ! 🙂

  • Sam
    05/08/2017 at 11:29 am

    Paris looks absolutely stunning, I can’t wait to travel here one day. Thanks for sharing, some great advice I’ll keep in mind!

    • WorldInParis
      05/14/2017 at 10:19 am

      Hope it will be useful for you, one day 🙂

  • Elena Nemets
    05/08/2017 at 10:33 am

    Great summary post and it is in line with my experience as well!

  • Trisha Velarmino
    05/08/2017 at 6:48 am

    Good tips. Yeah, I would advice booking in advance, too. Everyone should do this especially when going to most visited destination.

    • WorldInParis
      05/15/2017 at 10:27 pm

      so we agree! 🙂

  • Lara Dunning
    05/07/2017 at 5:32 am

    What great tips! Thanks so much for posting. I haven’t been to Paris yet and your posts such a great resource for making exploring Paris list.

    • WorldInParis
      08/03/2017 at 1:03 pm

      Glad that you liked it. Hope it will be useful for you one day 😉

  • Sara Essop
    05/06/2017 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. I learnt a lot about Paris for my next visit. I find it interesting that the Louvre attracts more visitors than the Eiffel Tower. I visited both on my short visit to Paris many years ago but I need to go back again.

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2017 at 8:22 pm

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

  • Iza Abao
    05/06/2017 at 3:07 pm

    These are awesome tips! You have mentioned a lot of options and very detailed. I also prefer to go places that are not ‘touristy’ ones. I would be able to save and find interesting things.

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hope you will find something interesting for you, Iza 🙂

  • Jennifer
    05/06/2017 at 12:43 pm

    This is a really comprehensive guide for first timers visiting Paris, though I find the RER from CDG to the city closer to 50 minutes travel time. I’ve been a bunch of time and now that the Bordeaux – Paris train line cuts the travel time to just 2 hours, I think I’ll be spending more time in the city. There’s still so much I haven’t seen or done in Paris!

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2017 at 8:24 pm

      If the RER does all the stops to Paris, yes, probably it is closer to 50min than 40min 😉

  • Megan Jerrard
    05/06/2017 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome guide, this really covers everything. We’ve visited Paris twice now, once in summer and once during winter, and I agree that off season is definitely kinder on your wallet! I really loved the city during winter so think it’s a year round destination, and we had the chance to ice skate on the Eiffel tower which was magic! As first timers we took the metro throughout the city and it was a great way to get around, and we walked a lot too – guided city tours on the first day was a great way to get acquainted with the layout of everything 🙂

    Thanks for the comprehensive info!

    • WorldInParis
      05/06/2017 at 8:25 pm

      You are welcome Megan. Hope there will be a third time for you in Paris, despite I see you know a lot about the city I am sure there are still some hidden gems waiting for you to be discovered 😉

  • Natasha | Meldrums On The Move
    05/06/2017 at 10:18 am

    This is super helpful for anyone going to Paris. I agree about being flexible. Here in Scotland we can visit so much of Europe for little money if we can be super flexible

  • Gabor
    02/26/2017 at 1:09 am

    I love Paris, but only had chance to visit for a short stay (3days) and didn’t see everything I wanted, I have to go back in the near future!!!. I like the idea a lot of the guided tour by a local to have the real Paris experience and see places that I might miss if I go on my own. I will surely join to your community when I will have plans to visit Paris again. Thanks for the post.

    • WorldInParis
      02/26/2017 at 3:33 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

  • SindhuMurthy
    02/07/2017 at 5:03 am

    Woow. I have always felt Paris was a very expensive destination to explore. Thanks to your posts, my perception is changing and how! I always love to explore the destinations with a local because that is the sure shot way to explore all the lesser known and not so crowded places which only locals enjoy. I believe, there are two faces to a destination always. The face which the tourists see and the other and the better face which only the locals know and cherish. I would definitely love to see the 2nd face of Paris.

    • WorldInParis
      02/08/2017 at 8:03 pm

      I think you are right. Hope you will make it to Paris to discover this second face by yourself

  • Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    08/16/2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve had a short but similar experience meeting fellow travellers like that while going solo, it was a wonderful experience! Reliving that one in Paris sounds very enticing to be part of my schedule this month.

    • WorldInParis
      08/17/2016 at 9:43 am

      Bon voyage! 🙂

  • Julie
    08/15/2016 at 9:38 am

    What a lovely resource. Paris is such a popular holiday destination but it can also be daunting because IT’S PARIS!! I know so many people who are almost paralyzed with choice, what to see, where to eat, to make the absolute most of their time. Thanks for sharing!

    • WorldInParis
      08/16/2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks to YOU, Julie, for this enthusiastic comment! 🙂

  • Katja Gaskell
    08/15/2016 at 3:41 am

    I love that you are building a community of locals and travellers in Paris, I think it’s a great idea. Like others have already commented, there’s nothing quite like experiencing a place with a local to guide you. I hope your community continues to grow!

    • WorldInParis
      08/16/2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Katja! Let’s cross fingers, I have very motivated people behind

  • Vicky and Buddy
    08/15/2016 at 3:22 am

    I really like the idea of Globetrotters drinks. It sounds like the perfect way to get connect with locals!

    • WorldInParis
      08/16/2016 at 1:13 pm

      It is! I always end these drinks with my travel bucket list way longer, ha haa 🙂

  • Fiona Maclean
    08/14/2016 at 4:22 pm

    always useful to know where to find recommended local guides, thank you!

  • Evan Kristine
    08/13/2016 at 7:51 pm

    Great tips! I was by the hand of a local too last time I visited there. It was a fantastic experience!

    • WorldInParis
      08/14/2016 at 10:49 am

      to visit a place with a local is always the best! thanks for your comment

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    08/13/2016 at 5:09 pm

    I just love Paris! Local tips are always the best when putting together your itinerary. You can get deeper into a place and really feel like you’re taking a piece of your travels home with you. The Travellers Community sounds like a great resource with ideas you won’t find in your typical guide book.

    • WorldInParis
      08/14/2016 at 10:50 am

      thanks! hope people will like the idea 🙂

  • Anne
    08/13/2016 at 3:38 pm

    This kind of thing is great for travellers wishing to connect with locals who can show them less touristy areas but nevertheless interesting places.

    • WorldInParis
      08/14/2016 at 10:50 am

      that’s the idea! 🙂

  • Lois Alter Mark
    08/13/2016 at 3:11 pm

    Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I hope to go back again soon. There’s nothing like seeing it with a local guide.

    • WorldInParis
      08/14/2016 at 10:50 am

      thanks lois! if you ever come back feel free to contact us 🙂