Paris Travel Tips

Paris

Paris is a beautiful city, full of spectacular places to explore and is sure to be at its best for the 2016 Euro and French Open. As is usual when traveling outside of our home country, there are always challenges present, extending from differing customs and common practices, but with some preparation and a willingness to be flexible, travelers are easily won over by Paris’s charm. It doesn’t hurt to brush up on the local language; even a little French can make navigating your way through Paris easier.

We at Roadtrips want to help set your expectations and do whatever we can to ensure that you are prepared for Paris’s challenges and triumphs, and to create the best possible experience for our guests.

Travel Times & Transportation
Traffic is a significant issue in most major cities, and Paris is no exception. As well, traffic patterns during major events are, by nature, always somewhat dynamic. Roadtrips accesses official information from local authorities and from our destination partners to provide the best information possible about traffic, estimated travel times, and permitted drop off points at venues.

Roadtrips’ French Open and Euro 2016 guests will benefit hugely from our experience working at multiple major sporting events. Our staff has experience and knowledge that you’ll find invaluable and they will assist you with all of it. It’s the goal of our team of hosts, drivers, and destination specialists to provide as seamless an experience as possible for you.

Dining Out & ReservationsParis
Few cities in the world offer the range of wonderful dining options available in this gastronomic destination. From the local corner bistro to Michelin starred celebrity chefs, your options for great food are many.

Restaurants are generally open for lunch around noon until 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 7 or 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. Cafés are often open all day, for breakfast pastries and coffees in the morning through to late evening snacks. For top end restaurants it’s wise to reserve a table in advance, our Roadtrips personal concierges can assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations.

How to Dial Locally and Internationally
To call a French phone number from a US or Canadian phone (mobile or land line) you must dial 011 + Country Code (33 for France) + Area Code (1 for Paris) + the local phone number.

To call a US or Canadian phone number from your North American mobile phone you must dial 00 + 1 + Area Code + Telephone Number.

Language
The official language in France is, of course, French! Learning a few French words, especially the friendly greeting, “Bonjour,” will gain you some respect from the locals and “Merci” or thanks, is the right response to most interactions. Don’t know any French? Not to worry, English is also widely spoken by hotel staff, restaurant staff and by others in the service industry. Our bilingual destination specialists are also available to assist onsite.

Weather
The climate in France is generally quite mild. Winter can be chilly and early spring can be damp, but the summer is a gorgeous time
to visit.

Average temperatures from May to October range between 68°F – 78°F (20°C – 26°C), making it ideal for taking in a match. Summer’s long, warm days are also perfect for extended lingering at your favorite Parisian café.

WHAT ABOUT TIPPING?
In Paris, most restaurant and bar prices include a 15% service charge by law, so there is not an expectation to tip in most cases. If you are extra satisfied you could leave a few coins on a smaller bill or round up to the nearest Euro or two. In higher end restaurants, it’s common to add on an extra 5% of your bill. Taxis are often accustomed to an extra 10% and at hotels it’s customary to leave a Euro or two for your housekeeper or for your helpful bellperson.

Banking & Local Currency
Since 2002, the official currency of France has been the Euro (noted by the symbol € and code EUR). Banks and automated teller machines are widely available, and are the most convenient way to get money. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are the most commonly accepted credit cards and can be used at most shops and restaurants without issue.

Electricity
Voltage in France is 230 V. You will need to use a converter that allows your electronic device to run on a different voltage for anything that runs on 120 V.

Most outlets in France are the round, 2-prong style and will require an adapter to convert a North American pronged plug to fit the outlet

Time Zone
France is on Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October (Daylight Savings Time) they switch to two hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Book Your Trip to the French Open

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