Paris is known as the "City of Light" and is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. The capital of France and situated on the River Seine, Paris is a city break delight. It is both accessible and easy to get around. There is an abundance of sights, so read on and book your city break to Paris now.
Air: The main Paris airport in Charles De Gaulle (CDG). From CDG a trip to the city can be made on the RER line B. Orly airport, also served by RER-B is an older airport mainly served by domestic and European carriers. A newcomer on the scene is Beavais airport. Served by budget airline Ryanair, BVA is over an hour from central Paris but is served by a dedicated bus service which also meets inbound flights.
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Rail: Eurostar from London or Brussels is an increasingly common and convenient way to enter Paris. Journey time from London is around 2 hours and 40 minutes and takes you through the Channel Tunnel. For deals on Eurostar check out at Opodo for the best up to date offers.
The French Rail system is one of the best in the world. High speed trains (TGV) connect Paris with numerous cities and south to the Mediterranean Coast. Connections across Europe are possible.
Bus: A cheap option, bus travel to Paris and within Europe is easy with numerous operators connecting the main cities across the continent.
What to See and Do
Paris's numerous attractions include the following:
Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognisable structures in the world. In real life it does not disappoint. Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, the tower is 324m high. Tourists can take elevators to the observation decks. There is also an option to walk up to the lower observation platforms. Be prepared to queue in high season. The tower also has a couple of restaurants and numerous gift shops.
Sainte Chapelle: Visit on sunny day. The sunlight streaming in through the stained glass windows is truly spectacular.
The Louvre: This gallery is one of the most famous in the world. Recently seen in the De Vinci Code movie, the Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa, possibly the most famous painting in the world. Be prepared to be disappointed though! In real life the painting is much smaller than you imagine and can be hard see around the throngs standing in front taking pictures.
Arc de Triomphe: At the top of the Champs Elysees, the Arc provides great views across the Paris skyline. The entrance fee is good value and allows you to climb to the top with great views down the Champs Elysees, north to La Defense and over to the Eiffel Tower.
Foot: The best way to get around is on your own two feet. This way you can appreciate the sights and the architecture that Paris has to offer.
Metro: The Metro is a great way to travel around Paris. An extensive network of 14 lines makes travel easy. The lines are named based on the terminal stations so look at the front of the train and make sure you are heading the right way!
RER: RER is part of the regional rail network and has 5 lines named A to E. Tickets are interchangeable with the Metro and many stations interconnect.
Car: It is not recommended that you bring your car into central Paris. Parking is a nightmare and very expensive. Utilise a "Park and Ride" station instead.