We love Paris and there is so much to see and do! Here are the best things to do in Paris – especially on your first visit!
Best things to see in Paris, France
Open 9.30 am – 11 pm every day, with the Tower staying open until midnight in the summer. Lift entrance ticket costs €17 for an adult and €14.50 for those 12-24 years old. Those wishing to take the stairs (good luck!) can pay €7 for an adult ticket, €5 for 12-24-year-olds and €3 for 4 -11-year-olds. Metro line 6 to Bir-Hakeim and line 9 to Trocadero will take you just a short walk from the Tower or the RER line C to Champs de Marts – Tour Eiffel is just a short walk as well. Batobus boats are available for those wishing to get to the Eiffel Tower via the river.
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Get there for opening time to avoid standing in long queues and make sure you are queuing at the correct leg of the tower depending on whether you want to take the lift or climb the many, many stairs.
Creative Tip: Save money by purchasing a Paris Pass. This includes entrance to most of the famous landmarks and attractions around the city and includes the Big bus tour.
The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, open 9 am – 6 pm during the week apart from Wednesday and Friday when it is open from 9 am – 9.45 pm. Tickets cost €15 and entrance is free if you are 18-25 years old and residents of the EU or a visitor under the age of 18. The first Sunday of every month is also free. Catch the metro to Palais-Royal-Musee Du Louvre Station (line 1) or get the Batobus to the Louvre stop; Quad Francois Mitterrand.
This famous art museum is home to the world-famous Mona Lisa along with incredible masterpieces such as the Venus de Milo, the Liberty leading the people, and the Code of Hammurabi; a well-preserved Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia. It is worth a visit just for the beautiful architecture and museum design. Admission fee is included in the Paris Pass with fast track entrance.
Notre Dame de Paris
Open 7.30 am – 7.30 pm in the winter months and 7 am – 9 pm in the Summer. Entrance is free though you may wish to contribute a donation to the church. RER lines B and C take you to Saint-Michel-Notre Dame station for the most efficient route.
This is one of my favorite places in Paris because of its vivid connection to a favorite childhood movie of mine; The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is a stunning Gothic Cathedral with such intricate sculptures and gorgeous stained glass windows, a must when in Paris.
Arc De Triomphe
Open 10 am to 11 pm from April to September than 10 am to 10.30 pm from October to March. Entrance costs €8 for adults and €5 for those 18 -25 years old. The RER line A to Charles-de-Gaulle-toile is the best route to get there. One of the most famous monuments in Paris and replicated across the world, Arc De Triomphe is a popular choice for tourists. You can even climb to the top of the Arc for a great view but be aware the steps are steep and spiral upwards. The admission fee is included in the Paris Pass.
Leading up to the Arc De Triomphe is the Champs-Elysées; a collection of high-end shops, always good even for some window shopping.
Open from 6am to 10.30pm, entrance is free. The nearest metro stop is Anvers serviced by Metro Line 2. Sacre-Coeur is a popular choice for tourists, offering beautiful architecture along with some stunning views of Paris.
Disneyland is open 10 am to 8 pm with the Walt Disney Studios Park open from 10 am to 6 pm. A ‘1 day, 2 parks’ ticket prices start at €70. The Eurostar offers direct trains from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet International, or Ashford International straight to the park. The regional RER train is available to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy, just a 5-minute walk from the parks.
For all those who wish to discover the big kid inside them, Disneyland Paris is a slightly quieter but just as magical version of its American double.
Catacombs of Paris
Open from 9 am to 5 pm and costing €8; tickets need to be booked on the website in advance. RER line B to Denfert-Rochereau is an easy route to the Catacombs. Visit the maze of remains under the grounds of Paris. Remember to bring a light sweater as it can get chilly underground and use the bathroom before heading underground.
Open 9.30 am to 6 pm costing €11 and free for 18 – 25-year-old, EU citizens. Metro line 12 to Solferino or RER line C to Musee d’Orsay are the quickest and most efficient ways to get to the museum. Musee d’Orsay offers French art dating from 1848 to 1915, ideal for art lovers. The admission fee is included in the Paris Pass.
Open from 9.30 am to 11.30 pm April to September, then 9.30 am to 10.30 pm from October to March. Tickets cost €15 for an adult or €11.70 for those aged 16 to 20 or students. Catch Metro Lines 4,6,12 or 13 to Montparnasse-Bienvenue Station. The admission fee is included in the Paris Pass.
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy, and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this microphone for all our Youtube voiceovers.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favorite travel insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offer year coverage.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.