The lovely city of Paris is relatively compact for a city of its population. The physical size of the city means visitors don’t have to travel far to see the best of Paris, be it charming sidewalk cafés, designer shops or impressive attractions. Fortunately for guests, there are plenty of ways to get around Paris, including walking, which is a great way to make sure you don’t miss any of the city’s magic. The city is divided into 20 arrondissements (administrative districts), with the 1st arrondissement in the center of the city and the rest spiralling out from there in numerical order.
For the French Open and Euro 2016, Roadtrips’ guests will receive assistance from our team in arranging transportation and making transportation choices to help get to their events and to explore the City of Light. For many of our guests, a mix of taxis and pre-chartered hosted vehicles will be the best solution.
Private Chartered Vehicles:
Roadtrips can arrange for a private vehicle for those preferring the comforts of a dedicated car. In addition, your concierge at our premium hotels can make private chartered vehicle arrangements on request, when available.
Taxis are readily available in Paris. The easiest way to get one is to ask your hotel concierge or restaurant staff to call one for you. Otherwise there are taxi stands every couple of blocks. A taxi is occupied when its sign is illuminated in red and it’s available when illuminated in green.
Paris’s public transit system is one of the most efficient and affordable ways to see the city. There are sixteen metro lines that go all around Paris and the nearest station is usually no more than 500 yards away. The easiest way to go is to get a Navigo system pass (similar to an Oyster card in London), which is a combined travel pass that allows you to access the metro, RER and the buses for a set period of time (a week, a month or a year). You can always buy tickets instead of a pass but you must keep your ticket on you throughout your trip on the metro as ticket inspectors may ask you to produce it. Maps are available at any metro ticket window.
The RER (Réseau Express Régional) is like the express version of the Metro. It’s made up of 5 lines that connect suburban Paris to the city center. It offers plenty of connections with the Metro and functions similarly, though it has fewer stops. For visitors, the RER will likely be most useful for getting to and from CDG or ORY airports.
Though the Metro may be faster, travelling by bus allows you to take in the sights of Paris as you travel. Paris has an efficient bus system. Though the Metro may be faster, travelling by bus allows you to take in the sights of Paris as you travel. Paris has an efficient bus system that can take you most places in the city. Buses conveniently use the same tickets as the Metro or you can pay the driver using exact change.
The Batobus is a city-run river shuttle that docks at eight different ports along the Seine, offering access to all the must-see spots including the Champs-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre.
As there are so many transportation options in Paris, a car hire isn’t necessary or required to get around. Navigating the streets of Paris can be a hassle, finding parking even more so. If you must drive, Paris has all the major international car rental agencies. Ensure that you have proper insurance and good maps.
It’s very possible to explore the essentials of Paris by foot. The wide boulevards and spacious parks make the walk easy and enjoyable. It’s worth it to grab a map from your hotel concierge, plan out your route and take a stroll through the city of light! If you get tired, there are plenty of options to get you back to your hotel – a taxi, bus or metro are all very accessible.
A self-service biking option called Velib has a network of over 1500 stations around Paris where you can rent a bike for a very reasonable cost. You can open an account on the spot at any station with a credit card and you can borrow or return from any station. Rental outlets are also an option. A guided bike tour is a great way to see the city of love.
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