France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris is served by two major airports. Most international flights arrive at Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG), 30 kilometres from the city centre. Orly is 18 kilometres from the city centre. A third airport, Paris Beauvais, is mainly served by low cost airlines.
Roissybus offers a direct bus from the airport terminals every 15 minutes and arrives at the city centre (Opéra) after a 45-60 minute journey.
One of the cheapest and fastest options (30 minutes) is the underground RER B to Gare du Nord running every 10-15 minutes, from where you can connect to Paris’ metro network.
Air France buses go to Porte Maillot and Etoile every 15 minutes, and taxis can be found near the terminals’ baggage collection area exits. A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes around 30-40 minutes and should cost €45-50.
Address: Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
Paris Orly Airport
Paris Orly Airport is located 18 kilometres from the city centre. From Orly, the automatic metro Orlyval takes you to RER B Antony station from 6am to 11pm. The journey takes about half an hour. The other cheaper option are the airport shuttle buses going to RER C Pont de Rungis station. As for buses, the Orly bus takes you straight to Opéra station. The bus takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Address: Paris Orly Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
Paris Beauvais Airport
Paris Beauvais, is mainly served by low cost airlines. A shuttle service is organized between the terminals and Paris-Porte Maillot. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Address: Paris Beauvais Airport, Paris
Phone: +33 8 92 68 20 66
Best Time to Visit
As one of the most visited cities in the world, it is safe to say that there is never really a bad time to go. The weather is best in summer, but crowds are by far the biggest. Autumn is also highly recommended for its still pleasant weather, smaller crowds and stunning foliage.
The city’s local transport system is cheap and efficient. The bus, underground (metro) and commuter train system (RER) are divided into five zones. Tickets are valid on both buses and trains, and can be purchased from the stations and in kiosks. Travel cards, ranging from one to five days, are also available at the airport, at underground stations and from tourist information offices.
Phone: +33 8 92 69 32 46
Batobus is a boat service through the heart of Paris, with stops at eight key locations along the river Seine. It functions as a hop-on-hop-off service, and tickets are sold for one day, two days or one year.
Taxis can be hailed at stands or on the street, but they can be hard to find, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Beware of fake cabs at the airports.
+33 1 49 36 10 10
+33 1 45 85 85 85
Stamps are available from kiosks and news agents. For mail overseas, it is advisable to visit a post office. The central post and sorting office of the Louvre is open 24 hours a day.
Main Post Office:
Address: 52 rue du Louvre, Paris
Phone: +33 1 40 28 20 00
Pharmacies are either open late or around the clock.
Pharmacie Les Champs Elysées:
Address: 84 Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
Phone: +33 1 45 62 02 41
Plug types C and E
Country code: +33
Area code: 1