A cultural lighthouse over the centuries, Paris is one of the world’s main tourist destinations and a point of reference for everything that happens in the world of art, literature, gastronomy and haute couture. The main points of interest in the city that travellers have on their list are in the midst of lively cafés and boutiques that showcase Parisian savoir faire.
How to get around in Paris?
Paris’ public transport network serves the entire city and its suburbs. The first metro line was inaugurated in 1900. Today it is the most widely used means of transport, with almost 6 million passengers a day. The city’s other means of transport (bus, tram and suburban train) are connected to metro stations to speed up the flow of tourists and passengers. You can also rent a car and get the chance to move freely in Paris, you can visit getaround.com/ for more information about car hire in Paris.
With more than 16 lines and some 300 stations, the metro is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to get around Paris. Stations are marked with a yellow “M” and trains run every day from 06:00 am to 12:45 am (Sunday to Thursday) and until 01:45 am (Fridays and Saturdays). They happen quite often, every 2 minutes in the morning and afternoon rush hours.
Paris has many bus routes that are usually connected to metro lines. Several of them cross the city centre on the banks of the Seine. They run from Monday to Saturday from 07:00 am to 20:30 pm (some lines until 12:30 am) there is a night service from 12:30 am to 05:30 am with almost 50 lines covering the entire city? Both times and the time of arrival of the next bus are indicated at all stops.
Paris has four ecological tram lines (T1, T2, T3 and T4) running through the city centre. The tram tickets are the same as those used to travel by metro and RER.
The Paris suburban train is known as RER and has a schedule similar to the metro. It consists of 5 lines serving the city and the Ile-de-France region. Transilien regional trains depart from the main train stations in Paris (Nord, Est, Lyon, Austerlitz, Montparnasse and Saint-Lazare). Tickets can be purchased at train, metro and RER station counters.
There are many taxis in Paris; you will recognize them because they carry a sign on top that says Taxi Parisien. You can stop a taxi on the street as long as the green sign on the roof is lit, also approach a taxi stand or book one by phone.
Paris is a practically flat city with about 370 kilometres of cycle lanes, with a view to increasing them in the coming years. In some parts of the city, traffic is closed on Sundays and public holidays, such as the Saint-Martin canal and the districts of La Roquette and Luxembourg. The Paris City Council has set up a bicycle rental service, known as Velieb. It is very affordable and available 24 hours a day.
Can I rent a motorhome in Paris?
In addition to rental cars, there are also motorhome rentals in France and many other destinations. Spending a holiday travelling in a motorhome will give you freedom and independence as well as saving money on hotels, which makes it a very economical option. Visit our website and book your next holiday in France today.
A visit to the world’s most famous and largest museum involves admiring the famous Mona Lisa or priceless sculptures such as the Venus de Milo or the winged Victory of Samothrace. The museum is located in a 12th century fortress that expands along the Seine River. The building is as impressive as the permanent collection displayed within its walls, consisting of 35,000 works of art dating from antiquity to the mid-19th century.
Known by Parisians as the “Iron Lady”, with its characteristic metal structure is undoubtedly one of the most famous monuments in the world. It was built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition and is a good example of the art nouveau architectural style. From each of its platforms you get a different perspective of the city, but undoubtedly the most spectacular view is from the top of the tower with 274 meters high.
The modern cultural centre of the city is known for its colourful industrial façade and at the same time elegant, with pipes, ducts and external lifts. In addition to offering a program of first-class temporary exhibitions, the National Museum of Modern Art is full of works by Picasso, Miró, Matisse and pollock among many others. The square in which the building is located is also very popular for its lively atmosphere.
Arch of Triumph
Another iconic monument of the city is the huge triumphal stone arch located in Charles de Gaulle Square, known as the Arch of Triumph. Just in the middle of the square are born twelve huge avenues forming a big star. It was built to commemorate Napoleon’s famous victory at Austerlitz in 1805. It measures 50 metres high and is covered with reliefs, coats of arms and sculptures depicting scenes of the most important battles in the country’s history.
This cathedral on the banks of the Seine, which took more than 200 years to build, is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. From the interior, visitors can admire the light that penetrates through the stained glass windows or climb its more than 400 spiral steps to enjoy the incredible views surrounded by picturesque gargoyles. It was founded on an ancient Gallo-Roman temple and today this historic site is the spiritual and geographical heart of the city.
Composed of paintings, sculptures and drawings, the Picasso Museum contains the world’s largest collection of works by this great artist. Although he was born in Spain, he spent most of his life in France. In this 17th-century mansion you can admire works that span all of his artistic eras, from the dark period of the early 20th century to classic pieces such as The Pan Flute, painted in 1923.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
It is one of the most famous and charming cemeteries in the world. It is located on a leafy hill in the eastern part of the city centre. It was owned by the confessor of Louis XIV, Father de la Chaise, and acquired by Napoleon in 1803, who stated that “Every citizen has the right to be buried regardless of race or religion. Today it is one of the main attractions of the city where tourists come to visit the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Maria Callas, Édith Piaf, Molière, Marcel Proust, Jim Morrison and many other celebrities.