Paris is one of the world’s best places to visit, so it’s no surprise it tops this list. France’s capital city attracts visitors year-round with iconic attractions like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, incredible architecture and unparalleled dining and shopping scenes.
Overall the most popular areas of France with first time visitors are Paris, the Cote d’Azur, Provence, Brittany and the Dordogne.
Paris is an expensive city, and visiting there on a budget has become harder in the last couple of years. But, like any major city, there are plenty of budget options if you know where to look. By making a few small adjustments, you can find big savings that will make any trip to Paris fun, affordable, and memorable.
Paris: The Most Visited City in France.
The best time to visit France is in spring (April-May), summer (June-August), or autumn (September-October). Spring is pleasant across the country, with fewer crowds and temperatures ranging from 55°F to 68°F.
Traveling France is a very expensive affair, second only to traveling through Italy Europe. Those on a super tight budget will find it hard (but not impossible thanks to three Euro bottles of wine) to experience everything France has to offer.
The average price of a 7-day trip to Paris is $1,450 for a solo traveler, $2,604 for a couple, and $4,882 for a family of 4. Paris hotels range from $68 to $422 per night with an average of $120, while most vacation rentals will cost $210 to $490 per night for the entire home.
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The best time to visit Paris is from June to August and September to October. Both summer and fall have its ups and downs. From June to August the weather in Paris is just about parfait (perfect). Average highs are in the high 70s and there are long days of sunshine.
For a holiday in France that covers multiple areas and highlights, most travelers should plan on spending around 10 days. This gives you enough time to explore a few different regions by train, plane, or road trip at a relaxed pace.
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First-time travelers should try and plan around 4-5 days—ample time to enjoy some classic Parisian highlights and visit a few of the 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods).
France is a safe country to visit, but it helps to be in the know on common issues to avoid trouble. In the 2020 Global Peace Index, France ranks 66 out of 163 countries. In Europe overall, France ranks poorly, at 31 out of 36 European destinations. Violent crime involving travelers is very rare.
English is not very widely spoken overall in France, but is quite widely spoken in the tourist areas of Paris specifically, at the well known attractions and at restaurants and hotels in the capital.
Paris averages 15 snow days a year, but it rarely gets more than a dusting. Tuesday night’s snowfall was said to be the heaviest accumulation since 1987.
Top tips for finding cheap flights to Paris
Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price. High season is considered to be June and July. The cheapest month to fly to Paris is January.
Since 1910, in accordance with a law introduced by the Société national du Chemin de fer (the precursor to the SNCF), it has been illegal to kiss in French train stations and especially on their platforms. The ban was intended to avoid costly delays to the service and overcrowding in the stations.
In 2013, a bylaw requiring women in Paris, France to ask permission from city authorities before “dressing as men”, including wearing trousers (with exceptions for those “holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse”) was declared officially revoked by France’s Women’s Rights Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.
But even in places like France, where people are generally very demonstrative publicly, the intimate kissing and caressing that may be acceptable in Paris is not always going to be tolerated in more rural areas.
So how much does a trip to Paris cost? For 5 days in Paris for the mid-range budget person, expect to spend around $2,000 for a solo traveler and $3,200 as a couple. However, for the budget backpackers, 5 days in Paris can easily be done for under $1,000 a person.
While meal prices in France can vary, the average cost of food in France is €33 per day. … Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in France is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
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While a little slower than flying, traveling to Nice via train is straightforward and direct, offering a scenic entrance along the Côte d’Azur. The fastest option is the direct high-speed TGV, which departs Paris Gare de Lyon and arrives at Nice Ville station in just under 6 hours.
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