Getting around in Paris - Lonely Planet (2023)

Paris serves up an almost endless sampling platter of iconic things to see and do – from the Eiffel Tower andCimetière du Père Lachaise to the foodie treats of the Marché Bastille street market. But the City of Lights covers 105 sq km (40.5 sq miles), so you'll need to get to grips with the city's extensive public transport network to make the most of this magnificent European capital.

The weather will play a big part in how you choose to explore Paris. The city was made for walking, but winter can make for chilly strolls along the Seine and frosty hikes up the hill to Montmartre. Luckily, the Paris metro is warm year-round, and you can also turn to taxis, trains, bikes, boats and buses.

Ready to explore France's most romantic city? Here’s our handy guide to getting around in Paris.

Introducing Paris

Public transport tickets and passes

If you’re staying in Paris for longer than a few days, the cheapest and easiest way to use public transport is to get a combined travel pass that allows unlimited travel on the metro, the RER (Réseau Express Régional) train network and buses for a week, a month or a year. Mobilis day tickets and Paris Visite tourist passes cover public transport for all of the Île-de-France (that is, all zones).

Mobilis passes last for 24 hours and cost from €7.50 for two zones to €17.80 for all zones. Paris Visite passes cover transport and also give discounted entry to major sights; buy a "Greater Paris" pass to reach the airports, Disneyland Paris and Château de Versailles. Paris Visite passes are available for one to five days of travel – a one-day pass costs €12 (€25.25 covering Greater Paris).

Alternatively, you can pay for journeys using Navigo. Like London’s Oyster card or Hong Kong’s Octopus card, this system provides you with a refillable weekly, monthly or yearly pass for travel on the metro, RER trains and buses, that you can recharge at machines in most metro stations. To pass through the station barrier, swipe the card across the electronic panel as you go through the turnstiles.

Standard Navigo cards, available to anyone with an address in Île-de-France, are free but take up to three weeks to be issued; ask at the ticket counter for a form or order online via the Navigo website. An easier option for tourists is the €5 Navigo Découverte (Navigo Discovery) card, which is issued on the spot but is not replaceable if lost or stolen. Both passes require a passport photo and can be recharged for periods of one week or more.

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A weekly pass costs €22.80 and is valid Monday to Sunday. It can be purchased from the previous Friday until Thursday. Even if you’re in Paris for three or four days, it may work out cheaper than buying carnets (books of tickets) and will certainly cost less than buying a daily Mobilis or Paris Visite pass.

The monthly pass (€75.20) begins on the first day of each calendar month; you can buy one from the 20th of the preceding month. Both are sold in metro and RER stations from 6:30am to 10pm and at some bus terminals.

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Walking through Paris

Paris is a beautiful city to explore on foot, with many of the city's top attractions within easy walking distance if you’re staying centrally. However, winter is marked by cold, rainy days that can take some of the gloss off romantic walks along the banks of the Seine.

At any time of year, be aware of distance when walking between the sights. It's a 3.5km (2.2 mile) walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, which is more enjoyable in spring and fall than in the depths of winter or the heat of peak summer.

Even if your accommodation is further away, make time for a walk around your local arrondissement (district) before leaping on public transport to the center – it's the things you discover by accident while aimlessly wandering at street level that make Paris one of the world's most charming cities.

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Paris by bike

Paris is increasingly bike-friendly, with a growing network of cycling lanes – part of a concerted effort by the Paris city authorities to reduce the number of cars on the roads. However, take extra care if you're not used to driving on the right, and be aware that drivers in Paris may give cyclists less space than you're used to back home. Also, watch out for pedestrians at road crossings – the surging popularity of cycling in Paris has led to some problems balancing the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.

Many bike shops rent out bicycles, but the Vélib' bike-share scheme puts tens of thousands of bikes (30% of which are electric) at the disposal of Parisians and visitors at some 1400 stations throughout Paris, accessible around the clock. To get a bike, you first need to purchase a one- or seven-day subscription either online (generally EU credit cards only) or on the spot at the docking station.

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After you authorize a refundable deposit (€300) to cover the cost of the bike should it go missing, you’ll receive an ID number and PIN code and you’re ready to go. Bikes are rented in 30-minute intervals. If you return a bike before a half-hour is up and then take a new one, you will not be charged for a standard bicycle (electric bikes incur charges).

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Buses are inexpensive and frequent

Buses can be a highly rewarding way to get around, if only because of the views – you'll certainly see much more than you would from the metro. And there are no stairs to climb, meaning buses are more accessible to the mobility impaired – but they’re slower and routes are less intuitive than the straightforward and logical metro.

Paris’ bus system, operated by the RATP, runs from approximately 5am to 1am Monday to Saturday; services are drastically reduced on Sunday and public holidays. Hours vary substantially depending on the route.

Paper tickets are due to be phased out by 2022, replaced by contactless cards. Normal bus rides embracing one or two bus zones cost the equivalent of one metro ticket; longer rides require two or even three tickets.

Whatever kind of single-journey ticket you have, you must validate it in the ticket machine near the driver. If you don’t have a ticket, the driver can sell you one for €2 (correct change required).

The Paris Metro: the definitive way to explore

Paris’ urban mass transit network is run by RATP and consists of two separate but linked systems: the metro and the Réseau Express Régional (RER) suburban train line. The metro has 14 numbered lines; the RER has five main lines (but you'll probably only need to use A, B and C).

When buying tickets consider how many zones your journey will cover; five concentric transport zones ripple out from the center of Paris (zone 5 being the furthest from the center); if you travel from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, for instance, you will have to buy a ticket for zones 1 to 5.

Metro maps of various sizes and degrees of detail are available for free at metro ticket windows; several can also be downloaded for free from the RATP website. The RER is faster than the metro, but the stops are much further apart. Some attractions, particularly those on the Left Bank (eg the Musée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower and Panthéon), can be reached far more conveniently by the RER than by the metro.

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Metro lines are identified by both their number (eg ligne 1 – line 1) and their color, listed on official metro signs and maps. Direction signs on each platform indicate the direction of travel. On lines that split into several branches (such as lines 7 and 13), the terminus of each train is indicated on the cars and on signs on each platform giving the number of minutes until the next train.

Signs marked correspondance (transfer) show how to reach connecting trains. At stations with many intersecting lines, like Châtelet and Montparnasse Bienvenüe, walking from one platform to the next can take a long time. Different station exits are indicated by white-on-blue sortie (exit) signs. You can get your bearings by checking the plan du quartier (neighborhood maps) posted at exits.

Each line has its own schedule, but trains usually start running at around 5:30am, with the last train beginning its run between 12:35am and 1:15am (2:15am on Friday and Saturday), with all-night services under consideration.

If you’re going out to the suburbs (eg Versailles or Disneyland), ask for help on the platform – finding the right train can be confusing. Also, make sure your ticket is valid for the correct zone – the metro has an extensive and costly system of fines, covering everything from not having the correct ticket for your ride to accidentally leaving a bag on the train!

Exploring Paris by car or motorbike

Driving in Paris can be a high-stress experience. With the hassles of the tricky road layout, heavy traffic, limited parking and the general shortage of petrol stations, you're better off avoiding driving completely. Public transport will cover all your needs downtown, but if you’re heading out of the city on an excursion, a car can be useful. A Crit'Air Vignette (compulsory anti-pollution sticker) is also required in most instances. If you plan on hiring a car, it’s best to do so online and in advance – the usual operators are represented in town and at the airports.

To enter the city within the Boulevard Périphérique (ring road) between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, a Crit'Air Vignette (compulsory anti-pollution sticker) is needed for all cars, motorcycles and trucks registered after 1997, including foreign-registered vehicles. Older vehicles are banned during these hours. The sticker is not necessary for the ring road itself.

There are six color-coded stickers, ranked according to emissions levels, from Crit'Air 1 to the highest-polluting Crit'Air 6; prices start at €3.62. In instances of elevated pollution levels, vehicles with stickers denoting higher emissions are banned from entering the city. Fines for not displaying a valid sticker start at €68.

You can order stickers online via the website, with instructions in multiple languages including English. You'll need to upload a copy of your vehicle's registration certificate. Allow time for it to be mailed to your home.

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Taxis in Paris

Taxis can be flagged down in the street in Paris, but it's easier to find a taxi at an official taxi stand. However, rides are not cheap; flagfall is €4 (€7 for advance bookings) and a colored light on the meter indicates the class of fare in operation at the time of travel.

Within the city limits, rides cost €1.12 per kilometer for travel between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday (Tarif A, indicated by a white light on the taxi roof and meter). At night (5pm to 10am), on Sunday from 7am to midnight and during peak travel times (7am to 10am and 5pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday) in the central 20 arrondissements, the rate is €1.38 per kilometer (Tarif B; orange light).

Travel in inner Paris on Sunday night (midnight to 7am Monday) and in the outer suburbs is at Tarif C, €1.61 per kilometer (blue light). The minimum taxi fare for a short trip is €7.30. There are also flat-rate fares to/from the major airports (Charles de Gaulle from €53, Orly from €32).

To order a taxi, call or reserve online with Taxis G7 or Alpha Taxis. An alternative is to order an Uber rideshare; fares are comparative with official taxis (and sometimes cheaper) and drivers come quickly.

Boats along the Seine

Batobus runs glassed-in trimarans that dock every 20 to 25 minutes at nine small piers along the Seine: Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain des Prés, Notre Dame/Latin Quarter, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Musée du Louvre and place de la Concorde. They're a useful, scenic way to get explore the riverbanks.

Buy tickets online, at ferry stops or at tourist offices. Passes valid for 24-hours travel start at €19/9 (adult/child). Two-day passes must be used on consecutive days.

Accessible transportation in Paris

Paris has grown up over centuries and the city is not particularly well set up for visitors with disabilities. Curb ramps are few and far between, older public facilities and budget hotels usually lack lifts, hotel rooms in general are tiny, and the metro – dating back more than a century – is mostly inaccessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Efforts are being made to improve things, however. The tourist office continues its excellent Tourisme & Handicap initiative, with special logos displayed at museums, cultural attractions, hotels and restaurants that provide access, special assistance or facilities for those with physical, cognitive, visual and/or hearing disabilities. On the Paris Info website, you can use the FACIL'iti service to create your own profile to personalize content according to your particular motor, sensory and/or cognitive needs.

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The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau’s main office at Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is equipped with a service called ACCEO, which makes it possible for people who are deaf or hearing impaired to ask for information with the help of a French sign-language operator. You'll find more information on accessible travel on Lonely Planet's Accessible Travel Resources page.

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FAQs

What is the best way to get around in Paris? ›

You can also purchase paris metro passes for two and three day durations. Called paris visits.

What are 3 things tourists should remember when visiting Paris? ›

10 Things to Know Before Going to Paris
  • Don't gamble or buy anything on the streets. ...
  • Don't butt out on the street. ...
  • Avoid restaurants in very touristy spots. ...
  • Don't buy croissants or bread in big chain stores. ...
  • Stand right. ...
  • Avoid expensive rooftops. ...
  • Avoid fancy cafés. ...
  • Learn a few words in French.
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Is Paris easy to navigate? ›

Paris can be a tough city to navigate, but don't worry, even if you've never used public transport. This guide will help you get around Paris safely, quickly, efficiently and best of all without breaking the bank.

How do people get around in Paris France? ›

So the next way to get around paris is by scooter. And this is by far my favorite option scooter

How much is a 3 day Metro pass in Paris? ›

PARIS VISITE CARD PRICES (WHEN PURCHASED IN PARIS)
TypePrice for Zone 1-3 Adult / Child*Price for Zone 1-5 Adult / Child*
1 day€13.20 / €6.60€27.80 / €13.90
2 days€21.50 / €10.80€42.20 / €21.10
3 days€29.40 / €14.70€59.20 / €29.60
5 days€42.20 / €21.10€72.40 / €36.20

Is Paris a walkable city? ›

A global poll has placed Paris as the third most walkable city in the world, with good access to car-free spaces and nearby health and education facilities.

Do people wear blue jeans in Paris? ›

Parisians do wear jeans and t-shirts, but only in appropriate situations, and you'll notice their jeans and t-shirts are a lot more design-y and cut a lot slimmer. When you're going out to eat in a restaurant, think of how you'd dress for that same level of restaurant back home, and then dress nicer than that.

What I Wish I Knew Before traveling to Paris? ›

10 Things We Wish We Knew Before Visiting France
  • 3 THE FRENCH EAT DINNER LATE.
  • 4 SHAKE HANDS OR KISS. ...
  • 5 ALWAYS HAVE CASH AVAILABLE. ...
  • 6 THERE'S MORE TO SEE THAN JUST PARIS. ...
  • 7 KNOW WHEN TO TIP. ...
  • 8 ASK FOR THE CHECK. ...
  • 9 MOST SPOTS ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. ...
  • 10 BRING YOUR REUSABLE BAG. ...
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How many days are enough for Paris? ›

At the minimum, plan for 3 days in Paris to get a great taste of the city, visit some of the main sights, and explore the main neighborhoods. But if you really want to enjoy yourself, I'd recommend 7 days in Paris as a good starting point, especially if it's somewhere you've been dreaming of visiting for a long time.

What is the cheapest way to get around Paris? ›

Public transport
  • The Métro is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get around Paris. ...
  • Metros start running every day – including public holidays – at around 6am and stop at around 12.45am (from Sunday to Thursday) or at 1.45am (on Friday and Saturday).

Can I speak English in Paris? ›

Is It Rude to Speak English in Paris? While speaking English, in Paris, is not considered rude, expecting every French person to speak French will surely be seen as such. To avoid a cold reaction from the other party, it will always be appreciated to start the conversation with a simple sentence in French.

Are taxis expensive in Paris? ›

Is taxi expensive in Paris? Compared to some other European cities, taxis in Paris aren't too expensive. You can expect to pay the base fare of €2.60 and then €1.05 per km during the day (10:00 to 17:00) and €1.29 at night (17:00 to 10:00) and weekends.

Is Paris hop on hop off worth it? ›

If you've never visited a city before, Hop on Hop off bus tours can definitely be worth it. They're a great way to get an overview of the city and to check off key landmarks in one day.

Are there Ubers in Paris? ›

Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Paris

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Paris. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

Is Uber safe in Paris? ›

Is Uber Safe in Paris? Yes. Uber is a safe transportation option in Paris.

Which zone is Eiffel Tower in Paris? ›

The Eiffel Tower is located within the boarders of Paris, it is therefore is fare zone 1. The standard €1,80 T+ metro ticket is therefore valid if the departure point of your journey is also within zone 1.

How do you pay for Paris Metro? ›

Paris Metro ticket machines all accept Euro coins (for purchases up to 30€) and European debit cards (with smart chip) as payment. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted for buying tickets at most Paris Metro ticket machines and ticket windows.

Where can I buy a metro pass in Paris? ›

These travel passes can be purchased in main metro and RER stations, in SNCF train stations in Ile-de-France and in Paris airports. Certain passes are also available at the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What is the dress code in Paris? ›

Ties are optional although a lot of Frenchmen wear them for work and when they go out. Parisian men prefer a long sleeve shirt, which they then roll up rather than a short sleeve shirt. Plain is always the best choice. Stay away from shorts for dinner at a fancy restaurant, but Khakis are fine.

Where should I stay in Paris if I want to walk everywhere? ›

The best place to stay in Paris for first-time visitors is the Louvre and Bourse neighbourhoods. These are the city's most central districts. You'll be within a walking distance of many historic sights, boat cruises and plenty of restaurants.

Which area of Paris is best for tourists to stay? ›

The 7 Best Neighborhoods in Paris for Tourists
  1. Marais. The trendiest neighborhood in Paris, the Marais is defined by the hip Parisians who come to eat, drink, and shop in this uber cool quartier. ...
  2. Saint Germain. ...
  3. Latin Quarter. ...
  4. The 7th. ...
  5. South Pigalle. ...
  6. Montmartre. ...
  7. The 1st.

Can you wear jeans to dinner in Paris? ›

So, the good news is you can wear your jeans in Paris, but make sure you uphold the Paris Insiders Ideal by only wearing jeans that are stylish and well-fitted.

What should I wear to Paris 2022? ›

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How much cash should I bring to Paris? ›

Bring 100€-200€ in cash with you to Paris to cover small expenses, tips, and perhaps a cab ride into the city. Use a credit or debit card from a bank with low or no foreign transaction fees to charge most other purchases while in Paris, such as restaurant meals and any shopping you might do.

Can I wear running shoes in Paris? ›

That's probably the best news for every Paris tourist: Sneakers are completely fine in Paris. Some years ago, I would have said that only cute fashion sneakers are acceptable, but in 2022 you really see all kinds of them in Paris. Some Hipsters even wear running shoes from the 80's.

What should I be careful of in France? ›

DON'TS
  • Do not use “Tu” (you) to address another person unless that person is quite familiar to you. ...
  • Do not take out coffee and drink it while walking down the street. ...
  • Do not touch the produce at an outdoor market. ...
  • Do not order a cafe au lait to end your meal. ...
  • Do not rush your meal.

What is best month to visit Paris? ›

September and October are arguably the best months to be in Paris — a brisk breeze seeps into the air, Paris Fashion Week is in full force, and turning leaves line the city's most scenic jardins. Finally, November and December bring seasonal cheer, French delicacies, and galette des rois in shop windows.

Is it worth going up the Eiffel Tower? ›

If you can find tickets to see the Eiffel Tower summit, you should 100% go up to see it. Absolutely. The views of Paris from that height after ascending the tower on a glass elevator are unparalleled. If you go to the summit in the day, we recommend spending around 2 hours at the tower and consider eating a meal there.

How much money do I need for 1 week in Paris? ›

A week in Paris is enough time to see all the major sites and attractions while also experiencing some of the city's hidden gems; however, it comes at a price. Expect a week in Paris to set you back between €630 ($690 / £530) and €6,400 ($7,000 / £5,350) per person, excluding flights.

Can you drink tap water in Paris? ›

Paris tap water is considered safe to drink according to French, EU and international standards (WHO). Every day at the Eau de Paris research and analysis laboratories receive and record over 200 samples which divided among different chemical, organic chemistry, bacteriology, and corrosion departments.

Is public transport free in Paris? ›

With the Paris City Pass, you can use the public transportation system (metro, RER, bus, Montmartre tram) within the inner city district of Paris Zone 1 – 3 for free! The public transportation ticket is valid according to the purchased Paris City Pass (2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days).

What does RER mean in Paris? ›

Réseau Express Régional, or RER, is a Regional Express Network rapid transit system serving the capital city of Paris and its suburbs in France.

Is it normal to tip in France? ›

You are not required to tip waiters/waitresses. A 15% service fee is automatically included in ALL cafés, restaurants, bars, etc. as part of the price of each item (not on top of the total). Servers in France get salaries, paid vacations, health care, and living wages.

Is Paris friendly to tourists? ›

Paris Travel Tip #1 Parisians Are Nice People

With all of the rumors you hear about rude people in Paris, you will be shocked at how friendly the people in Paris are. They are mostly super helpful, and very friendly. Don't let a stereotype inform how you interact with Parisians and you just might be surprised.

What is the best currency to use in France? ›

What is the main currency used in France? The national currency of France is the Euro. The currency symbol of the euro is € and EUR is the 3 letter code. This makes it the main currency they use and the best currency for you to use if you are travelling to France.

Do you tip taxis in Paris? ›

Taxi Drivers

For normal rides in Paris, a €1¬-2 tip is appropriate. If it was a long ride (like from the airport), or you had heavy bags. If you weren't satisfied with the trip or had your suspicions that you were taken a long way round, feel free not to tip at all.

Do you tip taxi drivers in France? ›

Usually in France, tipping when you take the taxi is as important as in Northern-American countries. Even if the price of the ride has a minimum (usually around €4-6), you should tip at the end of the ride depending on the quality of the service. Tips usually may vary from €5 to €10 if it is a long ride.

How much is taxi in Paris from airport? ›

A taxi to the city will cost around 50 to 55 Euro from Charles de Gaulle, with an additional 15% supplement automatically added between 5pm and 10am daily, as well as all day Sunday and all holidays. It can cost up to 70 Euro depending on which part of the city you are headed to distance wise.

What is the cheapest way to travel around Paris? ›

Public transport
  • The Métro is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to get around Paris. ...
  • Metros start running every day – including public holidays – at around 6am and stop at around 12.45am (from Sunday to Thursday) or at 1.45am (on Friday and Saturday).

Is Paris hop on hop off worth it? ›

If you've never visited a city before, Hop on Hop off bus tours can definitely be worth it. They're a great way to get an overview of the city and to check off key landmarks in one day.

Are there Ubers in Paris? ›

Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Paris

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Paris. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

Are taxis expensive in Paris? ›

Is taxi expensive in Paris? Compared to some other European cities, taxis in Paris aren't too expensive. You can expect to pay the base fare of €2.60 and then €1.05 per km during the day (10:00 to 17:00) and €1.29 at night (17:00 to 10:00) and weekends.

What is the best month to go to Paris? ›

September and October are arguably the best months to be in Paris — a brisk breeze seeps into the air, Paris Fashion Week is in full force, and turning leaves line the city's most scenic jardins. Finally, November and December bring seasonal cheer, French delicacies, and galette des rois in shop windows.

Can you walk everywhere in Paris? ›

Finding the best place to stay in Paris for a first-timer can be very confusing. The capital of France is a big city and it won't be possible to walk everywhere. You have to be careful when choosing accommodation or you may end up spending too much time commuting.

Can you drink tap water in Paris? ›

Paris tap water is considered safe to drink according to French, EU and international standards (WHO). Every day at the Eau de Paris research and analysis laboratories receive and record over 200 samples which divided among different chemical, organic chemistry, bacteriology, and corrosion departments.

Are buses free in Paris? ›

Paris bus fares and tickets

A single journey costs €1,90. You can pay in two ways: With a T+ cardboard ticket (available at Metro stations or authorized RATP retail outlets such as tabac shops), or... With a stored-value card such as Navigo Easy or the tourist-oriented Paris Visite pass.

What time does the Eiffel Tower light up? ›

The Tower lights and beacon are lit up every evening from dusk until 11.45pm. As soon as it gets dark, the Eiffel Tower's golden lighting switches on automatically within less than 10 minutes, thanks to light-sensitive twilight sensors.

What is the best hop on hop off in Paris? ›

  1. Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. ...
  2. Paris Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise. ...
  3. Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-guided tour of your choice. ...
  4. Tootbus Paris Discovery Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. ...
  5. VIP River Seine Boat Cruise in Paris, Optional Eiffel Tower Guided Tour. ...
  6. Tootbus Paris by Night Tour.

Do I tip taxi drivers in Paris? ›

Taxi Drivers

For normal rides in Paris, a €1¬-2 tip is appropriate. If it was a long ride (like from the airport), or you had heavy bags. If you weren't satisfied with the trip or had your suspicions that you were taken a long way round, feel free not to tip at all.

Do Uber drivers in Paris speak English? ›

Many Uber drivers in France speak at least some English. That is particularly true in Paris, the capital city. However, it isn't something you should expect or rely on, as your Uber driver may only speak French.

Is English spoken in Paris? ›

The official language in Paris and the rest of France is French. Contrary to other counties, English isn't widely spoken. Although Parisians do not generally speak or like to speak English, tourists won't have any problems communicating in this language in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Do you tip taxi drivers in France? ›

Usually in France, tipping when you take the taxi is as important as in Northern-American countries. Even if the price of the ride has a minimum (usually around €4-6), you should tip at the end of the ride depending on the quality of the service. Tips usually may vary from €5 to €10 if it is a long ride.

How much is taxi in Paris from airport? ›

A taxi to the city will cost around 50 to 55 Euro from Charles de Gaulle, with an additional 15% supplement automatically added between 5pm and 10am daily, as well as all day Sunday and all holidays. It can cost up to 70 Euro depending on which part of the city you are headed to distance wise.

How can I save money in Paris? ›

Tips for how to save money in Paris
  1. #1 Take advantage of all the Free Activities on Offer.
  2. #2 Order Tap Water at restaurants.
  3. #3 Use Public Transportation.
  4. #4 Purchase a Carnet of Metro Tickets.
  5. #6 Consider having a picnic (or two)
  6. #7 Explore Offbeat districts (don't just stay in the touristy areas)
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