How to get to Paris
There are direct flights to Paris from just about every country in the world. For instance, if you are coming from New York, the easiest way for you to get to Paris will be to fly from whatever city that is closest to you. Most likely, the cities close to you are Washington, New York, Chicago, Atlanta or Los Angeles; you get the idea.
Flying is the easiest way to get to Paris but it is not the only way. If you are coming from the neighboring European countries, you can also get to Paris by travelling on a bus or train. Below is an in-depth look on how to arrive in Paris.
Travelling by train
If you are coming from the neighboring countries like Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, UK among others, you can use train to get to Paris. Compared to other European countries, France has the most extensive and modern railway systems. This railway network is managed by the French National Railway Company known in brief as SNCF. SNCF is a leading travel company not only in France but throughout the whole world. The flagship trains of the SNCF are known as TGV. Regional trains are known as TER. If you are planning to travel onboard the TGV, then you have to make a seat reservation in advance.
Even though train takes longer, the price of train tickets are usually more expensive than plane tickets. However, travelling by train can be the right choice for those who love adventure and also more suitable for people who don’t like to fly.
Getting to Paris by bus
Travelling to Paris by bus is relatively cheap and easy. This will mostly suit you if you are coming from any of the European countries. There are buses heading to Paris from most of the European capitals. However, the only disadvantage is that the journey will be very long, at times taking more than 15 hours. Nevertheless, for those who prefer travelling by bus because of the adventure, the long hours won’t be an issue.
Travelling by car
This mostly applies to people coming from the neighboring countries like Germany and Belgium. Travelling with a car has numerous advantages. One of the advantages is that you get to explore the surrounding cities as you are on your journey, you can stop and become a tourist and no one will ask you and you can decide to spend the night at a particular location while on your way. If you are travelling as a group, you can alternate he person who occupies the driver’s seat so that several people get to drive and not just one person.
However, travelling to Paris has its disadvantages and one of the disadvantages is that it is very difficult to find a parking spot on the streets of Paris and even if you find one, it is usually very expensive. Parking in Paris can cost around 25 pounds per day.
Travelling by plane
This is the easiest way to get to Paris, France especially if you are coming from other parts of the world apart from Europe. For instance, people who are coming from Asia, Africa and America. Paris is served by three international airports, namely; Orly International Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Beauvais. In addition to having the most number of international airports, Charles de Gaulle airport is served by leading airlines such as the American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Air China, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa.
Among the three major Paris airports, Charles de Gaulle is the nearest to central Paris with a distance of 23 km. On the other hand, Orly Airport is located 13km from the south of the romantic city. The furthest airport is Beauvais – Tille Airport with a distance of 85km north-northwest of Paris.
Practical tips for your stay in Paris
If you are coming from Europe, you need to ensure that you apply for or renew your EHIC as it will guarantee you access to healthcare provided by the state. Another type of insurance that you will need to have is the Travel Insurance, this applies to anyone visiting Paris. The travel insurance will cover and accidents and damage that can happen to your belongings, loss of your belongings or theft of your belongings. In case you fall sick while in Paris, use Doctorlib to find a doctor who speaks English.
Beware of pickpockets
While on the metro, always keep your bag in your hands or safely tucked in your body. Do not leave your bag hanging on your back or on the crook of your arm. Do this when you are also near tourist attractions.
Stick to public transport
Public transport is the easiest and most cost effective way for you to move around Paris. Paris public transport includes the metro, buses and trains. Unless you have money to burn, avoid private taxis. Even though Uber has a large presence here, it often suffers from strikes.
Check the weather forecast
The seasons in Paris are distinct and reasonably stable with mild, wet autumns and winter and dry and warm springs and summers. However, being Europe, sudden downpours can happen any time. The weather here can become extremely hot with temperatures of up to 40 degrees, while extremely cold weather is rare. The best thing to do is to keep up with the local weather report.
Drink responsibly by the canals and rivers
Well, it goes without saying that you should always drink responsibly, more so if you are in a foreign country where the locals also speak a foreign language. Nevertheless, it is extremely important that you watch your alcohol intake when you are hanging out close to the Canal Saint-Martin or the Seine. Caution is important here because there is few or no railing at all along these water bodies. The Seine is a very deep and quick river than you would expect, so always stay safe by drinking responsibly.
Even though Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world where people go with their romantic interests, you can still visit this beautiful city on your own and have as much fun as the couples who visit have.