HOLIDAY WEATHER Paris
The Weather in Paris
Paris has a temperate climate which will be familiar to visitors from the UK and most of the north of Western Europe. Because there are no extremes of climate, the weather adds to the city's charm, rather than detracting from it. Even rainy days can be beautiful in the city of light, especially at night when the lights reflect in the puddles.
Spring in Paris
Paris is famously beautiful in the spring, and the sprouting greenery, blossoms and flowers bring the city to life between March and May. Temperatures in the spring months climb to a comfortable 20°C by May, but nights can still be chilly in early spring, so bring a jacket and a sweater. You can expect rain roughly 1 day in 3 during the spring, but it's not torrential by any means.
Spring in Paris is a fantastic time to check out the city's beautiful gardens and parks, or to indulge in leisurely, romantic strolls. It can be quite crowded at this time of year, however, and you'll find hotels expensive in the spring season.
Summer in Paris
June is a popular month to visit Paris, but most Parisians escape the city in July and August, which can lead to a rather false, touristy feel to the city. The weather is usually warm and sunny, with average day time temperatures of around 25°C, and rain roughly 1 in 5 days. Take an umbrella, since the rainy days are rather unpredictable.
If you want to see Paris at its bustling height, then this is the time to visit. Pavement cafés are packed and thriving, but queues at museums and attractions can be long and tedious. It's also high season for the prices, and since Paris is not a cheap city at the best of times, this can be a costly time of year to visit.
Autumn in Paris
If you're in search of the authentic Paris, autumn is a very good time to visit. There are fewer tourists, and a real sense of energy as Parisians get back to business after their summer breaks. The autumn weather in Paris can be overcast, wet and windy, but there are also plenty of cool, crisp days which are perfect for walking.
When the weather's not great, it's a good time to explore the multitude of indoor attractions Paris has to offer - but be aware that some museums close or have limited opening hours out of season.
Winter in Paris
Parisian winters are cold and wet, so pack a good coat and an umbrella. It rarely falls below freezing during the day, but occasional snow can give a whole new romantic appeal to the architecture and sights of the city.
In December, the festive lights offer a beautiful backdrop to the crispness of the city, and there are a good number of festivals and events in the winter months. It's also the cheapest time to visit Paris, and the least crowded. Yes, it can be dark at times and a little gloomy, with short days, but you'll see this beautiful city through new eyes.
Paris climate is unpredictable. It sees warm summers and cold winters. In summer temperature goes to mid 20s and in winter it may dip to 1°C. The rainfall is moderate and steady year round.
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Paris is known worldwide as a city of love, romance and culture. One of the world's top tourist destinations, it has plenty to offer travellers at any time of the year.
You can find hotels and bed & breakfast to suit the budget of all. Hotels range from ?50 to ?300 per night. There are many online deals which give you flight and hotel deals combined. There is stiff competition and finding a good place at right price is not too difficult.
You can find all sorts of food. You can find Asian, Mexican, French, etc. Sea food is excellent and do try ice creams of different style and flavors. Eating is cheap and Paris is full of good quality restaurants and even take aways.
Paris main airport is Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). It is located approximately 22 km northeast of the city. There are 3 terminals:-
- CDG 1 - International flights
- CDG 2 - National and International flights
- T9 - Used for charter flights only. national and international.
Another airport is Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) which is 14km south of the city, on the A6 motorway.It has 2 terminals:-
- Orly Sud - For international flights
- Orly Ouest - For domestic flights
Both the airports are managed by Aéroports de Paris (ADP) (www.adp.fr).
Citizens of European Union do not require visa to visit France.
Visit French Consulate page for visa requirements: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/espaces_dedies.php3?id_rubrique=2045
Paris is well connected with the rail link. The National Railway Service (SNCF) is the fastest, efficient and a reliable rail service. (tel: 0892 353 535; www.sncf.com) is the national railway service, which is fast, efficient and generally reliable.
You can buy tickets at any railway station, or through travel agents. The most popular method is to reserve online or by phone. This allows you to pick up your tickets from the station or even get it delivered to your home.
There are 6 major railway stations in Paris:-
- Gare d'Austerlitz: Central and south-west France and Spain
- Gare de l'Est Alsace: Champagne and southern Germany
- Gare de Lyon: Burgundy, the Alps, Provence and Italy
- Gare Montparnasse: West France, Brittany, Bordeaux, the south-west
- Gare du Nord: Eurostar, Channel ports, north-east France, Belgium and Holland
- Gare St-Lazare: Normandy
If you are looking to visit Disneyland Paris then do check out the Eurostar rail service. The Eurostar runs to Gare du Nord terminus for easy access to Disneyland Paris. Eurostar covers the Thalys' services from Brussels Bruxelles-Midi and also London.
The buses in Paris are modern, fares are cheap and is also one of the best medium to travel and see Paris. The buses hits the road from early morning at 6.30am and runs till midnight (timings may have changed since this guide was created). As anywhere the bus services are limited on weekends and public holidays. The bus ticket costs approximately ?1.60. You can also use your metro or a travel pass.
Paris is well connected with its state of the art Metro system, which allows people to move around easily and quickly. One of the first thing to know about Paris is to take a memorable cruise on the River Seine. The whole cruise lasts for about 30 - 45min and takes you on a open boat for a ride across Paris. It is a wonderful experience for anyone visiting Paris and wants to know about the culture, monuments and people.
Another historic place to visit is Eiffel Tower. Try to keep a day for Eiffel Tower as it has so much to offer in terms of viewing and also being such a tall building you need to be in good health to climb at the top. There is a lift available which would take you to the top of Eiffel Tower.
If you have kids so must go to Disneyland Paris. It is a magical place and kids will enjoy a lot. Again do keep at least 2 day for here. It is big and with kids you need to have time and stamina to see all. Try to be there in the morning as it gets very busy during the day and do book your ticket in advance.
The other places to visit are:-
- Marais district
- Place des Vosges
- Grande Arche de la Défense
- Centre Georges Pompidou
- Arc de Triomphe
- Parc Astérix and the Palace of Versailles
- Country: France
- Area: Approximately 105 square kilometres / 41 square miles
- Language: French
- Time Zone: GMT / UTC +1
- Country dialling code: +33
- Telephone area code: 01
- Religion: Predominantly Catholic
- Tourism: 20 million visitors annually
- Layout: Consists of 20 Arrondissements (Districts)
When to visit Paris?
The best time to visit is mid June to August.
What to pack for Paris?
In summer time a cotton T-shirt and a trouser is fine. In sunlight it does feel a lot warmer. Do keep yourself protected with suncream and drink lot of water. In winter you need to have wool or leather jacket with layers of clothing inside.