8 Tips for Visiting and Traveling to Paris. The French capital is an essential destination but nothing economic, so given my previous experience in the city of light today I decided to make this article in which I will tell you 8 tips for traveling to Paris. I hope these little tips will help you visit the city saving as much money as possible. Let’s start!
Tips for visiting and traveling to Paris
Create your own itinerary
Something essential is that you plan your itinerary before leaving, and even more if you do not have too much time to see the city. In Paris there are many things to see, so take a map and mark the most important, what day you will see and what is the best route to go.
Colas? No thanks.
If during your stay in Paris you are going to visit tourist sites such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum, the first recommendation that I have to give you is that you get up early. Most tour groups tend to arrive at such busy places when they open, so arriving 20 minutes before the opening time we will avoid much waiting time in the queue.
If you want to avoid the tedious queues there is also another trick, buy tickets online before making your trip to Paris. This way you can access the sites directly and at a cheaper price.
Tap water is also good
Another advice to travel to Paris that will allow you to save extra money is that when you go to a place to eat ask for tap water, since restaurants are required by law to serve customers. Now you will surely think that the tap water is disgusting, but in Paris it is not like that, it has the same taste as bottled water.
It is better to be cautious.
The Paris metro has many shortcomings, among which are the lack of hygiene, people sneaking up on both side and pickpockets. When you get on the subway or any other means of public transport you have to exercise extreme caution; the bag always in hand and the valuables well hidden.
Since you’re probably going to be in the city for a few days, the best thing you can do to save money is to get a weekly bonus for public transport. You can buy it both in the most important stations and at the airport. Do not be ashamed to ask a Parisian how to get the bonus, since the machines come in French.
Paris at night looks more
Paris is a place that must be seen during the day but especially at night. Minimum a couple of nights you have to go for a walk so you can see what the city looks like at night. If you have occasion, go to the neighborhood of Montmartre when the sun goes down.
The markets, mandatory stop
Something you cannot miss during your stay in Paris are the markets, and especially one, the Marche des Enfants Rouge. There are exotic stalls from almost anywhere in the world (although there are many from countries such as Turkey or Morocco) where you can satisfy your palate. The best day to go is Saturday, as there is more variety of products.
Where to stay in Paris?
To stay in Paris you have several options, but I recommend 5 areas well connected and where the price does not go so much budget:
- Gare de Lyon
The Latin Quarter is also another good option to stay, especially if you are going out at night.
Smoking is for the rich
And now a little advice for those of you who are smokers: take the tobacco from your country or simply do not smoke in the days that you are there, since tobacco in Paris has exorbitant prices.