Paris has always been one of the main and most popular tourist destinations in Europe with around 27 million visitors each year. The city is situated on the banks of the Seine River and is one of the largest European capitals. The city of Paris has an exceptional reputation of being one of the most charming, romantic and fashionable cities of all time. Paris is a lively, cosmopolitan but unquestionably a Parisian city and with so many things to do during your stay in Paris, it is important to consider all the possibilities of getting for A to B to ensure you fit as much in as possible during your visit!
Paris is a well-connected city that is served by long-haul and low-cost operators to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) which is located 23km (16 miles) north-east of Paris, and Paris Orly Aiport (ORY) which is somewhat closer to the city and located 13km (8 miles) to the South. Both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports have full access to the Paris Airport Shuttle services, which take you to the inner city. Tickets will cost you approximately €22.50 per a person. The regional rail system, also known as the RER links the suburbs of the city to the Paris Metro. These trains run approximately every 15 minutes (every eight minutes during peak periods) and take around 35-45 minutes. Tickets will cost between €8-10 per a person.
Rent a Car
If you have a lot of patience, do not mind sitting in traffic jams and wish to see the city at your own pace then renting a car could be a good choice for you! With thanks to a network of wide avenues that criss-cross the city, Paris is extremely easily to navigate. Remember to drive on the right side, and that speed limits in French cities are 50 km/h! Due to heavily congested roads, it is commonly known that public transport is generally a lot quicker from getting you to your desired destination.
Grab a Taxi
It is mainly common to flag down a taxi on the street, however you can indeed pre book a taxi in advance to avoid long waits. The initial fare for a taxi begins at €5.50 then the far differs in terms of the kilometers traveled and the speed at which the taxi travels at ( usually cost around €1.30 per a kilometer) It is also common for the taxi driver to charge more for luggage.
The Metro is arguably the simplest and quickest way to get yourself around the city. Overall there are 16 lines that serve over 300 stations which you will find jotted all over the city, which are available from 5.30 am to 0.30 am. On Friday and Saturday evenings the lines stay open to as late as 2.15 am. One single ticket will cost €1.70. The Paris Visite pass gives unlimited access to RATP buses, the Métro, RER and SNCF suburban trains, the Montmartre Funicular, trams, and the Optile bus network for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days.
Catch a Bus
There are 59 bus routes in Paris which take you all over the city including the suburbs. Buses in Paris run from around 7 am to 0.30 am. After this time they are replaced by night buses that consist of 47 lines which will run all the way through the early hours until 5.30 am. A single bus ticket will cost €1.60 euro but you can buy them in carnet of 10 tickets, which cost around €12.
Ride of Bike
Explore the city by bike at your own leisure. You can grab a bike at any metro station or anywhere there's a "borne" (stand) of bikes across Paris at a small cost. It will typically cost you around €1.70 per a day.
Sail through the city
The “Batobus” provides you with a unique way of getting around the city, along the River Siene. The Batobus carries you up and down the river and you can hop-on and hop-off whenever you like, at any of the 8 stops. A Batobus pass allows unlimited travel within the valid dates. A one days pass would cost you approximately £12.50 for an adult and £6.00 for a child.
Explore on Foot
What better way to discover the soul of Paris than by foot? Walking is by far the best (and cheapest!) way to explore the city of Paris. So why not get hold of a map and plan a route to ensure you squeeze in everything that the city has to offer.
Finding a place to stay can seem like one of the most unnerving things about going to a new city, particularly when it is as large and diverse as Paris. If you are looking for short-term rentals, then it is worth checking out flatshare websites. However the best way to find student accommodation in Paris is to sign up for a language course - most of the time it will include assistance to find student accommodation.
Whatever the motive, thousands upon thousands of foreigners flock to France each year in the hope of starting a new life. With unemployment rates rising and a stationary French economy it is important to extremely consider your options before arriving in Paris. Without a doubt the safest bet is to find a job before you leave home . The best advice given to job seekers is : learn French, be flexible, present your cv the French way, do your homework, eye up the competition, get your paperwork in order and finally be patient.
Author : Flavio works on the marketing team of a leading online travel company where he shares his passion for travel and photography. He is also a regular blogger, blogging mostly about travel and business. At present, he resides in the town of Kreuzlingen on the northern Swiss border between Switzerland and Germany.