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What You Need to Know before your Paris Trip

  1. By John
  2. On Nov 14, 2018
  3. Europe
  4. Travel Tips

Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to its cobblestone streets lit up at night under the glow of street lights, its historic architecture, incredible music, savory delicious food, and smartly dressed locals. Paris is a city I just melt into.

Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Paris is from June to August and September to October. Both summer and fall have its ups and downs. From June to August the weather in Paris is just about parfait (perfect). Average highs are in the high 70s and there are long days of sunshine. Unfortunately, summer is also the most crowded time – and the most expensive. For lower travel rates and significantly shorter lines at attractions, plan a visit in the fall.

The seasonal foliage is known to stun, though the city's spring blooms are pretty famous too. If a travel deal is all that you're after, a visit during the winter will surely shave off travel expenses. Keep in mind though that Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, seeing upward of 30 million travelers yearly. So no matter what time you visit, there will always be tourists and some crowds.

What You Need to Know

"Parlez-vous Français?"

Parisians adore their native tongue – and will like you better if you try to speak it. "Bonjour" is hello, "au revoir" is goodbye, "s'il vous plaît" is please and "merci" is thank you.

Coffee is a leisurely affair

When you order a café in Paris, sit down and stay awhile. It's not common to see Parisians touting cups of Starbucks around town. If you're simply looking for a quick jolt of caffeine, order an espresso from the bar.

Don't toss your ticket

Hold on to your metro ticket until you exit the station (for proof of purchase). If you're caught empty-handed, you could be liable for a hefty fine.