1. When is the best time to go to France?
The best time to visit France is in the spring (April to June) or fall (September to November) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months can be hot, crowded, and expensive. The winter months are often grey, wet, and cold (though a great time to visit the museums of Paris).
2. Enjoy public Wi-Fi in Paris
If you are staying in a hotel or a hostel, you should have Wi-Fi access to your accommodation. But be careful, sometimes the hotel can charge additional fees for wifi, and it can also be restricted to only a part of the hotel (e.g. in the hotel lobby).
As you know, many bars and restaurants offer now Wi-Fi access to their clients. This way you will be able to stay connected during your breakfast, lunch and other stops. However, you may need to order or buy something to have access to the Wi-Fi network, and sometimes the connection can be limited in time.
There is also some public Wi-Fi hotspots in Paris, you only have to connect to the public wifi network and to register online. These hotspots are usually available in touristic places (such as museums), gardens and train stations. Be careful however, free wifi has usually a low speed, so you will need to be patient when you will try to load a page. Be careful also for your data safe when you are connected to a public network and don’t share any personal data!
3. Buy a SIM card in Paris
If you want a solution that allows you to make calls and use the Internet, you can buy a SIM card from a french operator store and ask him to put it in your smartphone.
However, with this option, you will have a new phone number so you will be totally unreachable on your usual number.
4. What is the currency of France 2019?
France is a member of the European Union and one of 23 countries in the region that uses the euro (abbreviated €) as its national currency. One euro is divided into 100 cents and there are seven notes in circulation, available in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 (rare) and €500 (rare).
5. Where Do I Find ATMs in France?
ATMs - called distributeur automatique de billets in French - are widely available at airports and in France’s major cities and towns. There’s an ATM inside or outside most bank branches, often below an eye-catching sign that says retrait - the French word for “withdrawal”. Post offices also have ATMs.
France’s four major banks, as well as the post office, have online ATM locators you can use to find the closest ATM
6. Will my credit or debit card work in France?
French ATMs accept chip-and-pin cards and cards with only a magnetic strip on the back. You can use any MasterCard (Cirrus and Maestro) or Visa (Plus) card. Most bank-issued cards are compatible with one of these networks, but it is a good idea to confirm this with your bank.
7. Where to Exchange Currency in Paris
Banks in Paris generally stay open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and some open from Tuesday through Saturday. Bureaux de change, or currency exchange points, is often open on weekends, especially in busier tourist areas. Both banks and exchange points fix their exchange rates based on the current market, which fluctuates day-to-day. They typically post their exchange rates out front, and you should seek an approximate 5 percent difference between buying and selling rates.
8. Do taxis in Paris accept credit cards?
Most Paris taxis still don't accept credit cards, so be sure to have about some euro cash with you.
9. Time Difference
The United Arab Emirates is 2 hours ahead of France
10. Getting Around in Paris
Walk, peddle, ride above ground, ride underground, or go by boat. It's a relatively compact city, so combining your own two feet with low-cost public transportation is the best way of getting around in Paris. In fact, it's one of the best walking cities in the world, and it also has one of the best public transportation systems. Have a Metro map with you and you'll never be lost
a. Travel Underground - It's one of the oldest and best subways systems in Europe and the top way for getting around in Paris. The Paris Metro is convenient, extensive, affordable and safe. One ticket gets you anywhere in Paris.
Metro tickets and passes can be used on the Metro, on city buses, on the trams that operate on the edges of the city, and on the RER (the deep underground commuter trains) within the central city. We recommend that you buy a Paris Visite Metro Pass, which is included as part of the Paris Insiders Pass package. That package lets you ride the Metro (and buses, trams, RER) for free, with no limits, and also visit museums for free
b. Public Bus - Riding the Metro is efficient, but don't ignore the city bus system. Buses are a wonderful way to travel around Paris while seeing a lot of the city. There are approximately a gazillion bus stops in the city and there will be one very near to your hotel or apartment or anyplace else you happen to be.
Each bus stop posts the routes of the buses that stop there. Most of the bus stops have displays that show you when the next bus will arrive. The newer bus stops are pretty high-tech, with interactive maps, photo shows and more.
In the daytime, buses usually run from five to seven minutes apart, so even if you miss one, another one will soon arrive. Remember, you can use your Metro ticket or pass on the bus, making it very convenient.
c. Metro - The Paris Metro has been around for 120 years and there are now 14 lines and something like 300 stations in the system, which is one reason the Metro is so convenient. While each the Metro stations has something to offer, there is a handful that is downright interesting.
d. Boat - The Batobus is a boat service that runs up and down the Seine from May to the end of September, and it's a fun way to get around in Paris. You have the option to buy a 1-day pass or a 2-day pass, although the best deal is an annual pass, if you like Paris so much that you just can't leave!
The circuit includes eight stops —
a. Eiffel Tower – Port de la Bourdonnais
b. Germain-des-Prés – Quai Malaquais
c. Musée D'Orsay – Port de Solferino
d. Notre Dame – Quai de Montebello
e. Hotel de Ville – Quai de l'Hotel-de-Ville
f. Jardin des Plantes – Pont d'Austerlitz
g. Champs Elysées – Pont Alexandre III
h. Louvre – between Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel
e. Velib Launched in September of 2007, the Velib (a contraction of the French words velo and libre, or "free bikes") have become a popular way for tourists and locals for getting around Paris.
Paris is a relatively flat city, so cycling around the twenty arrondissements is an easy way to travel. (Getting up to Montmartre, though, is demanding.) With nearly 24,000 bicycles available in 1,800 bike stations throughout the city, you'll always find a bicycle to rent. You will need a credit card with a chip to use the Velib.
f. Taxis - There are almost 16,000 taxis in Paris, and over the past few years, it's become easier to find one. You no longer necessarily have to find a designated taxi stand to find a cab. We see people hailing cabs on the street all the time, in fact, we do it ourselves!
In general, we find Paris taxis to be cleaner and the drivers more professional than in many other cities. Taxis are also one of the most convenient ways to get from the airport to central Paris.
g. Train - The capital of France is the hub of an extensive rail network. It's very easy to travel from Paris to any of the major cities in Europe, as well as hundreds of French cities. And you travel in style, as well, on high-speed trains with frequent departures, in comfortable first and second class cars.
11. Do people in France speak English?
According to the Eurobarometer report 2012, 39% of the French population speaks English. That includes people living in the countryside. Which means that in a big city like Paris or Bordeaux where there are a lot of tourists, the percentage of people speaking English is likely to be much higher.
Here are some of the words that you need to know in the French language.
a. Hello - Salut
b. Good morning - Bonjour
12. Gifts and Souvenirs To Bring Home From Paris
a. Béret - There are many clichés about France and one of the most famous ones is that French people always wear Bérets. This knitted woolen hat is often associated with Parisian artists. And even if French people don’t wear it that often, it remains a strong symbol and a great gift to bring home from the French capital city
b. Macarons - These small pastries made of almond powder, egg whites, and sugar, is called Parisian Macaron when it is upgraded with a ganache in between its two biscuits. Whether you are quite adventurous or like classic flavors, you will always find some to suit your taste buds. It is the favorite French dessert of most foreigners, and they are quite right. It’s hard to resist the spell of sweets but these ones are definitely worth
c. Wine - Wine is France’s ultimate symbol! We produce wine in almost every region and it is logically the most consumed alcohol in France. Moreover, there are so many different types that it can fit almost every taste buds, for any budget, so there is no need to hesitate. Go to a wine store and try some! Whether it’s a red, a rosé, a white or a yellow one, you will definitely find a bottle that will suit you and your loved ones.
d. Saucisson - This is one of the numerous French culinary specialties. Saucisson is basically a sausage that can be cooked or dried. This delicacy, usually made of pork meat, or sometimes boar meat, donkey meat, beef or even poultry, will probably surprise you. Taste it just once with some French baguette and you won’t be able to get enough of it. Why not share some with your friends?
e. Scarf - Foreign countries are quite envious of French scarves, whether they are feminine silk ones or warmer and thicker ones. So why not buy one for someone? In Paris, you can find one for every budget, every material and also every shape possible. It is a fashionable accessory that will keep you warm and stylish for the whole winter while giving you that Parisian chic appearance that each likes.
f. Bottle of Perfume - If you want to get a more refined gift, you should go for a bottle of perfume. Whether it is a home fragrance or one that you will give for a person, your loved ones will be crazy about the delicate smells that are created by great Parisian perfumers. With this scented gift, you will make them travel to the most beautiful city in the world.
g. Chocolates - Chocolate is one of the greatest Parisian culinary specialty. It is the reason why there are so many talented chef chocolatiers. Here, you can find chocolate in all possible forms, possible scale and for every possible taste. You cannot stay in Paris without being tempted by some delicacies.