Getting Around Paris

One of the most interesting ways to explore any city is walking, and Paris is no different. Arm yourself with a good street map and a pair of comfortable shoes, and who knows what you might find round that corner?

Walking Tours
If you're short on time and want to see specific sights, a walking tour is a great way to see the city. You can choose different themed tours depending on your preferences, and there's no chance of taking a wrong turn and getting lost!

The metro
One of the oldest metro systems in the world, the Paris metro runs for most of the day (5am to 12:30am), and once you've got the hang of the system you can travel all over Paris using it.

The RER Train
For a more traditional mode of transport you can also use your Metro tickets on the RER train line in the centre of Paris, but if you want to use it to travel further out of the city you'll need to buy another ticket.

The bus system in Paris is superb, and with the added bonus of seeing the sights of the city whilst you travel. Buses tend to only run from 6:30am to 8:30pm, but you'll find some that don't stop running until 12:30am for the night owls among us.

Finding a taxi in Paris is easy, either find one of the many taxi stands throughout the city or hail a taxi with its light on in the street. Relatively cheap and easy to find after a night out, taxis are a good way to travel around the city.
For a slow, luxurious journey up the Seine, try the Batobus. With eight stops at the most visited sight in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, it's a good way to combine getting around with sightseeing.

Like many big European cities, Paris isn't really a place to drive through if you're a visitor. Not only can it be scary for the uninitiated, there's really no need for a car. If you're visiting from outside Paris, park your car somewhere on the outskirts and use another mode of transport to get around.

You can easily rent bikes in Paris and it's a fun and energetic way to see the city. Ask for a map of cycle routes when you hire the bikes, and you'll see a whole different side of Paris.

Horse and carriage
For a truly romantic and special occasion, why not try a horse and carriage round around Paris. Admittedly, this method is probably not for everyday sightseeing, but for a special tour around all the major sights with a loved one, this is probably the choice for you.

Getting to Paris from the UK
If you’re initially travelling to Paris from Blighty, there are a few options available to you. The Eurostar train traverses the English Channel leaving St Pancras International in London and arriving at Paris Gare du Nord station in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Flights to Paris are an hour shorter but are a little more expensive, while coach travel is the cheapest option but will take about 7-8 hours.