Paris Sightseeing Tips
1. Use the Métro or walk. Take advantage of passes that lower the cost of a single ticket—from .95€ to 1.30€ ($1.10–$1.50) if you buy a carnet of 10. If you plan to take more than seven trains in a day, it pays to get a Mobilis day card for 5€ ($5.75). It offers unlimited travel in the city center. If you know you’ll be in Paris for up to 5 consecutive days, a Paris Visite pass may be a good idea. Heavily promoted by the RATP, the pass offers unlimited travel in zones 1 to 3 (outside the Paris city limits), plus free or discounted admission to some attractions— but make sure the attractions that interest you are included. There’s also a pass that covers unlimited subway and bus travel in zones 1 to 8 (Paris and suburbs, including the airports, Versailles, and Disneyland Paris), but unless you’re going to Disneyland, Versailles, or Fontainebleau, you won’t need to go outside zone 3. Buy Paris Visite passes at the airports, at any SNCF (major railroad) station, RER stations, and tabacs displaying the RATP logo. Not all Métro stations sell the passes. Fares range from 8.35€ ($9.60) for 1 day of travel in zones 1 to 3, to 53€ ($61) for 5 days’ travel in zones 1 to 8.
2. Check the calendar of social events. Many festivals and fairs are free and offer an opportunity to participate in a uniquely Parisian event.
3. Instead of paying to look out over the rooftops of Paris, go to places that are free, such as the top floor of the department store La Samaritaine.
4. Go to the parks. They’re lush, beautiful, and civilized.
5. Tour the historic monuments and enjoy public art in the streets and parks. History endures at sights like the place des Vosges and place de la Concorde. Statues can also give you a quick history course in the great figures and personalities that have shaped Paris, or maybe just afford you a chance to appreciate the male and female nude, such as the Maillol sculptures in the Tuileries.
6. Hang out in the open-air food markets. There’s one in each arrondissement; they open at 8am. Some of our favorites are: rue Montorgeuil, rue Mouffetard, and rue de Buci. Go early, and remember that most markets are closed on Monday.
7. Churches are free. Take the opportunity to sit and contemplate, or attend a service. Many churches have dramatic interiors and famous artwork—paintings by Delacroix at St Sulpice, sculptures by Coysevox at St Roch, and etchings by Rouault at St Severin, to name only a few.
8. Consider buying the Carte Musees et Monuments (Museum and Monuments Pass), but only if you’ll be visiting two or three museums a day. The pass costs 15€ ($17) for 1 day, 30€ ($35) for 3 days, and 45€ ($52) for 5 days. Admission to the Louvre is 7.50€ ($8.60), and entrance fees for most other museums are 6€ ($6.90) to 8€ ($9.20) or less; you do the math. The card gives you access to 65 museums and monuments, allowing you to go directly inside without waiting in line—a distinct benefit at the Louvre, for example.
9. Visit the cemeteries. Apart from their beauty, they’re peaceful havens, and you may learn a little about French—and American— history. Worth exploring are Pere Lachaise, Montmartre, and Montparnasse.
10. Take advantage of the reduced admission fee at museums, which usually applies 2 hours before closing and all day Sunday.
11. If you’re age 60 or over, carry identification proving it and ask for discounts at theaters, museums, attractions, and the Paris Metro.
12. If you’re an auction buff, pick up a copy of the Gazette de l’Hotel Drouot, which comes out every Friday, and check for auctions that interest you. The five major auction houses are Drouot Montaigne, Drouot Nord, Drouot, Richelieu, the Salle des Ventes Saint Honore, and the Salle des Ventes du Particulier. (Text Source: ‘Frommers‘)
Paris Sightseeing Attractions by Category
Paris Sightseeing Attractions by Location
|Bastille, Canal St Martin & Oberkampf||Ile de la Cite and Ile St-Louis||La Tour Eiffel and Les Invalides|
|Le Marais||Les Grands BoulevardsMontmarte||The Champs Elysee|
|The Faubourg St-Honore||The Quartier Latin|
Paris Sightseeing Attractions in Alphabetical Order
Disneyland Resort Paris
Paris Sightseeing Attractions by Arrondissements
You may also wish to see ;
- Paris Travel Guide by arrondissements
- Paris hotels for booking in all types…
- Free Paris Wallpapers
- Paris Restaurants in all types…
- Paris Video
- Paris Attractions such as Arch de Triomphe, Eurodisney(Disneyland Resort Paris), Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum
- Place de la Concorde, the Palace of Fontainebleau, the Palace Of Versailles, the Pantheon, the Museum of Orsay (Museed’Orsay) ,
- Montparnasse, Moulin Rouge …