Paris Travel Guide Essentials – What You Need to Know

It's so very exciting planning a trip to Paris, especially if you don't go very often. There's a lot to think about, of course — where you're going to stay and what you're going to do and what you're going to eat. Those are the fun things.

Then there are the other, more mundane, things you need to know about. You know, things about the currency, visas (you don't need any for France), how tipping works, what to take, what to leave home. To make that stuff easy for you, we've prepared this Paris travel guide covering all those things and more.

Essential Facts for Visitors

Essential Facts for Visitors

Let's get started with the basics, the things you probably already know but explained in just a bit more detail.

Learn more about the size and geography of Paris, the monetary system in France, how the metric system works, shopping hours, official holidays when things are closed, and lots more.

The Paris Arrondissements

Paris Arrondissements

Paris is made up of twenty arrondissements — administrative districts, each with a distinct feel and atmosphere. Before you travel, it's a good thing to learn a bit about what's where in Paris, to learn about attractions and sights in each of the arrondissements, and which areas you'll want to pay the most attention to. We've got just the guide for you!

The Weather in Paris – Sunny & Delicious

The Weather in Paris

Paris has a mild climate. Days are often sunny in spring, summer and even autumn, and you should expect some rain in winter. Within those parameters, though, is a fair amount of variation from year to year. For instance, last summer in Paris was fairly chilly and wet, while this summer was sunny and warm — hot, in fact

In our guide to Paris weather we lay out the average temperatures and conditions, month by month, and also include packing tips for each season.

Taxes, Tipping & Etiquette

Taxes, Tipping & Etiquette

Did you know that, as a tourist, you may be eligible for a refund of the 19.6% sales tax? (Called the V.A.T.) The process is a bit complicate, but we take you through it step by step, from purchase to refund.

In this Paris travel guide we also discuss tipping in France (hint: don't do it) and the things you need to know about Parisian etiquette to make you feel like you fit it.

More Information for Travelers

Information for Travelers

There are a few other things about Paris you'll want to know about, and they're covered in this additional guide. Things like the ID you will need, whether or not you need a visa to enter France, health & travel insurance, and customs and duties.

We also discuss bringing along electrical appliances, adaptors and plugs; and even bringing your pet.

Honeymoon in Paris

Honeymoon in Paris

With romance at every turn, Paris is an incredible place to spend your honeymoon, making it oh-so romantic and a time you will cherish forever.

We'll show you some of the best honeymoon activities The City of Love has to offer — the most romantic hotels, how to skip the long lines, and the top romantic things to do on your voyage de noces à Paris.

Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris

We think it's the best Christmas city in Europe. It's also one of our favourite times to be in Paris. There's ice skating and other events at the Hotel de Ville, seasonal lights brighten streets throughout the city, department store windows sparkle with extra-special displays, and foods of the festive season fill the shops and markets.

Learn how to plan you own Noël à Paris and what to do while you're there.

Paris on a Budget

Paris on a Budget

Can those two words ever go together — Paris and Budget? We think they can, with careful planning, budget accommodations, wise spending, and eating & drinking a lot better than you do at home!

So, we've put together a guide for travelers who want to save a few Euros while in the City of Light. It that describes you, be sure to read the article…

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