BEST TIME TO VISIT

APRIL-JUNE | 10°C - 16°C | WINTERS

The best times to visit France are during the spring season (between April and June), and during the early winter months (between September and November). July and August are widely acknowledged to be the worst seasons for France, since most residents leave their cities, which fast turn into tourist traps.

HERE’S WHAT IT WILL COST

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Flight from Delhi: Starting at Rs. 38,000 (round trip) Flight from Mumbai: Starting at Rs. 37,000 (round trip) Book here!  
1 & 2 stars: Rs. 3,000 to 5,000 3 & 4 stars: Rs. 4,000 to 7,000 5 star: Rs. 20,000 onwards Book here!  
Budget: € 20 Midrange: € 45 Splurge: € 80 onwards          

VISA

All Indian passport holders are required to apply for a travel visa to France no more than three months before their intended date of travel. Typical processing time for your visa application is 15 working days. However, ensure that you have submitted all relevant documents in their correct specifications, since a failed first attempt generally reflects poorly the next time you try. A standard vis ... READ MORE

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GETTING IN

BY AIR

Being the capital of the most visited country in the world, Paris witnesses a lot of tourist activity. There are a total of three international airports in Paris, namely Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Roissy), Orly International Airport and Beauvais (Aéroport de Beauvais Tillé). Some of the major airlines which pass by these airports are Air France, Emirates, Aeroflot, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, among others.          

An added air transport facility in Paris is the airline shuttle service run by Air France, which includes shuttle flights between the airports.

BY ROAD

Paris enjoys good bus transport service both within the city and also to and from other cities in France. Eurolines is one of the major bus operators in Paris, and there is also Megabus, a budget travel bus operator, which connects Paris with Brussels, United Kingdom and Amsterdam

BY RAIL

Paris enjoys excellent connectivity to all other parts of France and the rest of Europe by a network of railways. No single junction exists for all trains. However, there are six different railway stations, which are not connected to each other but run trains to and from various other cities and European countries. Some of the important trains in Paris include the Train Express Régionale, Trains à Grande Vitesse, the high-speed Thalys, and the Eurostar and Intercity trains.

PACKING

  • Identification documents need to be carried on your person at all times. 
  • Keep a bit of cash handy always. Forex cards and traveler cheques should also be kept in a secure pocket. 
  • Photocopies of your passport, debit or credit cards. In case of theft, these will come handy.
  • Camera. France is a lovely country and you’ll want to have a camera handy to capture those fleeting moments.
  • Backpacks are a must, especially if you’re planning to walk around the countryside.
  • Comfortable walking shoes will help you. France, and especially Paris, deserve to be explored on foot. 
  • Woolens or light cottons, depending on the season in which you’re visiting. 
  • Keep emergency contacts handy. These could be relatives or friends , or the details of the Indian embassy.

DOs & DON’Ts

LOCAL ETIQUETTE
  • Begin your conversations with French people in French. Even if you don’t know any French, even a simple “Bonjour, ca va?” goes a long way. 
  • Know that French kiss their friends on the cheek and greet strangers with handshakes. 
  • The French take their dining seriously. Learn French etiquette for wining and dining to avoid coming across as an ignoramus. 
  • When invited over to someone’s house, it’s considered good manners to bring a gift, especially if you’re visiting for the first time.
  • Always tip at restaurants or cafes. Always. Seriously.
 
SAFETY
  • Pickpockets prey on the vulnerable. Try not to look too touristy and keep your valuables safe. It’s a good idea to invest in a secure wallet.
  • While France is more or less a safe country, theft and fraud do take place. Keep your wits about you and take some time researching the common scams that tend to impact tourists here. 
  • There are certain unsafe neighbourhoods across France, especially in the metropolitan cities. Learn about your immediate surroundings and do not venture alone at night into shady areas.
GOOD TO KNOW
  • It’s best not to engage in discussions involving politics or religion, especially if it is your first time conversing with the person. The French are highly opinionated and ready to take offense at perceived slights.
  • service in France tends to be slower, due to the long-respected custom of actually enjoying food. Don’t expect food or drinks to be served swiftly, and don’t complain over waiting times – it won’t make you a favourite with the waiters.