Paris is a beautiful city full of museums and famous landmarks. It is hard to see everything in just a few days but here is our top to things to do in Paris.
1) Eiffel Tower
Open 9.30am – 11pm 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 the 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 to climb the many, many stairs.
2) The Louvre
The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, open 9am – 6pm during the week apart from Wednesday and Friday when it is open from 9am – 9.45pm. 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 of 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.
3) Notre Dame de Paris
Open 7.30am – 7.30 pm in the winter months and 7am – 9pm in the Summer. Entrance is free though you may wish to contribute a donation for 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 favourite places in Paris because of its vivid connection to a favourite 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.
4) Arc De Triomphe
Open 10am to 11pm from April to September then 10am to 10.30pm 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. 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.
7) Disneyland Paris
Disneyland is open 10am to 8pm with the Walt Disney Studios Park open from 10am to 6pm. A ‘1 day, 2 park’ 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.
8) Musee d’Orsay
Open 9.30am to 6pm 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. Admission fee is included in the Paris Pass.
9) Catacombs of Paris
Open from 9am to 5pm 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.
10) Montparnasse Tower
Open from 9.30am to 11.30pm April to September, then 9.30am to 10.30pm 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. Admission fee is included in the Paris Pass.
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