- We got an AirBNB in Paris which turned out to be one of the best AirBNB’s we had ever stayed at! The owner and his wife rent their flat out when they travel and it was very homey! The hosts are extremely hospitable & kind!
- The metro system thru Paris is extremely extensive! Most of the tourist areas in Paris are fairly close together so once you get there you can walk.
- We bought a pack of 10 tickets for €14.90 (called a carnet) which turned out to be enough for our four nights in Paris!
Paris is beautiful. There is so much to see that one visit really doesn’t do justice!
Planning to make a future trip back helps split up the cost because Paris is EXPENSIVE! It is definitely not as friendly to a backpacker budget as other European cities.CLICK HERE TO LEARN A BACKPACKER'S BUDGET!
When you see the Eiffel Tower, you will realize just how SMALL you are. That structure is amazing and you can see it from most of the city!
Notre Dame is a must see at least from the outside. You can climb to the top but there was a huge line while we were there!
We took a trip to Versailles on the RER (faster train but you will need a separate ticket) which cost €3.65 each way. I suggest buying the return ticket as well or you will wait in line in Versailles to get back to Paris!
The walk along the river starting from the Eiffel Tower all the way to Notre Dame has many sights you don’t want to miss!
A stranger took this photo, and we ended up making friends with this kind soul! Never know who you will meet on travels!
Avoid eating around the main, tourist drags as you are SURE to get a low-quality expensive meal!
Must See's/Do's in Paris
1. Eiffel Tower
2. Louvre Museum
3. Versailles Palace and the Gardens
Additional NOTES: Be mindful of the weather, book tickets in advance, and PLEASE see the gardens! They are lovely. Also, even though we booked tickets in advance, we had to wait in a line. Just what comes with the crowds + popularity of Versailles Palace & Gardens!
4. Notre Dame
11. The Madeleine (Greco columned church)
17. Rue Cremuix
Watching the sunset together & taking goofy selfies at Citroën Park!
NOTES: expect to wait in line (just like at Versailles) even if you buy tickets in advance. Also, this site is not wheelchair friendly and there are 243 steps going up & down. Use your judgment on whether this site is suitable for you! It’s SO COOL — so we had to add it here.
Beautiful trees, greenery, and flowers on buildings everywhere!
Definitely checkout the beautiful Alexander III Bridge!
This may look super basic, but it was THE BEST VEGGIE BURGER EVER!
Explore these amazing gardens, parks, and canal!
Take a breathe 🙂 We know this is a lot, but we want you as prepared as possible!
Paris Public Transport
Single Ticket €1.90
Pack of 10 tickets for €14.90 (called a carnet)
Ticket from CDG Airport to City €10.30
- Normal Tickets are only valid for metro lines, RER lines (RATP and SNCF), Ile-de-France bus lines (RATP and OPTILE) within zone 1-3.
- You need an additional ticket to travel to zone 4-5 (CDG/ ORLY Airports, Disneyland, Chateau de Versailles). Explore via the buttons below, as there are many options to choose from on the websites linked!
Paris RER MAP
- The RER train service connects Paris with the local suburbs. You can use the RER with your normal ticket within zones 1-2. However, you will likely only use the RER to travel to CDG/ OLRY Airport or Versailles but make sure to purchase the correct ticket!
- The RER automated ticket machines are very easy to use and more often than not there are ticket offices with English speakers.