Eurostar Paris BreaksParis is the city of dreams, a city filled with live culture, history and bright lights, it is sometimes compared Vegas being a European version or adult play land on a nicer and larger scale. Also one of the largest known tourist spots in the world, Paris is famous for several nationally known landmarks like the Eiffel tower and places such as Disneyland Paris. In order to make the most of your Paris trip, there are a few things you will need to arrange in advance like travel, transportation and accommodations .
Planning Travel for Your Paris city break:
Traveling outside of Europe- If your traveling from outside of Europe, you will need to book an airline flight. Find a flight service that offers discount rates online by doing a search on any major search engine like Google or Bing. Allot of reasonably priced airline flights will be found during non-traditional holiday times and off seasons, particularly during the weekdays.
Traveling inside Europe- If you are traveling within Europe or wish to include Paris as part of a tour of Europe, you can take the Eurostar railway which is commonly known as the fastest way to travel within Europe thanks to its lightning fast trains which can go up to 186 miles per hour on the faster designed railway systems and connect to almost every major city in Europe through an intertwined series of European railways. Traveling from London to Paris, Eurostar offers on board meals, top of the line seating and separate dining and bar cars for your entertainment during your trip aboard the train. This is also a great way to see the wonders of the countryside. Be sure to arrive early for your train so you have time to get checked in and get comfortable before the train departs.
Traveling Tips- When you are packing for your Paris trip, be sure to include the essentials like, warm clothing for chilly nights on boat rides, casual clothing to use during tours of the city, outdoor clothing for bike rides and dress clothing for dinner at one of the many luxurious gourmet resterauants located in Paris. Important documents that you will not want to forget are, passports and ids, birth certificate, any flight or train tickets pre-purchased over the web, social security card and travelers checks or debit card. Miscellaneous items include camera, film, itinerary, laptop, and possibly a list of persons you wish to pick up souvenirs for. You may even wish to bring a French translator or dictionary if you are not familiar with this language as it is the main and usually only language spoken in Paris.
Accommodations in Paris:
The accommodations in Paris include a number of fancy inns, hotels and other types of lodging like condos and apartments for rent. They also come in a number of styles that include business, romantic and cozy to name a few and can be according to budget as well. Whether you are looking for a short or long term stay in Paris, there is always something available to meet your traveling accommodation needs.
Hotels around the city- Hotels that are located somewhat close to the action are found in the business district of Paris and very close to shopping and entertainment at local bars and resterauants.
Hotels in the city center- To be even closer to the action though, you can stay in a hotel located in the center of Paris where you will be within walking distance to railways and some of Paris’ best known tourist attractions like the Louvre Museum and even some located within meters of the Eiffel tower. Hotels and inns in Paris feature French design buildings made from beautifully carved stones used in the early days, some dating back to the 12th and 13th century.
Hotel and inn prices- Hotel and inn prices range from £56-£336 depending on the location within Paris. Accommodations closer to downtown are going to be higher in price than ones located on the outskirts of town.
Resident homes for rent- In the residential areas, you can find fully equipped and furnished apartments and condos rented out by locals anywhere from €600. These private homes can be rented on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis and are mostly found online or in the local papers.
Transportation in Paris:
Transportation while in the city of Paris include trains and buses which are the best and most convenient ways of getting around while touring the city.
Metro train system- Traveling by the metro train system within the city is similar to any metro city train system in that it is numbered by lines and includes 15 lines consisting of 370 stops all together that are centrally located in the major areas of Paris. The train system runs from around 05h30-12:30am.
RER trains- These are commuter trains that will take you into the suburbs surrounding Paris. There are 5 lines in total and they are lettered A through E. It is operational the same times as the Metro and in most cases, you can use your purchased Metro ticket on this train as well. Other cases include going to places outside of Paris like Disneyland and airports.
Buses- The stops are labeled with numbers and run from 06h30 till just slightly after 12am. Noctambus buses run throughout the night on an hour basis and go between the Chatelet and the gates of the city.
Cost- You can purchase a Paris visite pass that will allow you to make use of all 3 transport systems within Paris at no additional costs during your stay. The price for this pass ranges from a 1 day, 3 zone pass for an adult at €12,50 to a 5 day,6 zone pass for €63,90. You can pre-purchase your pass online at La Conciergerie, an authorized online seller. Bus passes can also be obtained for one time uses and range anywhere from €1.50 to €8.00 or a discount book containing 10 passes can be purchased for €11.10.