Navigating Paris on Your First Visit

Paris is an amazing city to visit but if it is your first time visiting the City of Light, you may find it overwhelming: The old part of the city is made up of 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) which unfurl from the centre in a snail shape, and attractions and sights are spread out across them.

Follow these tips and you will find it easy to navigate around Paris. However, you will want to find somewhere secure to store your luggage while you explore. Check out these locations for storing luggage in Paris.

paris metroMetro: One of the world’s oldest underground rail systems, the Paris Metro is an extensive network of lines and stations which covers the 20 arrondissements and beyond. It is easy to use, inexpensive, and fast, with few delays and interruptions. Once you get your head around the various color-coded lines it is easy to navigate. You can access maps online here, and they can be found on the wall at every Metro stop.

Paris transport 1Bus: Often overlooked by tourists, Paris’ public bus system can be a good way to get to certain destinations. Unlike on the metro, here you will be able to take in the sights through the window and get a sense of where you’re going. Be warned, however, that the bus system in Paris is known for not keeping particularly good time, so allow plenty of time to get to your destination.

On Foot: Paris is perhaps best explored on foot. The winding cobbled streets of the Marais and Montmartre, for example, are perfect for walking. Being on foot allows you to explore small narrow streets, stumble across hidden courtyards, and stop into small bakeries and florists which you will find on almost every corner. You may want to use Google Maps on your phone, though, to make sure you find your way around!

paris bike
By Bicycle: Bicycle is a great option for exploring the hidden corners of Paris, while covering more distance in a shorter time compared to walking. The city has a system of rental bikes called Velib bikes, with stations for pick-up and drop-off across Paris – check out locations and full info by downloading the Velib app. You can purchase rental tickets for 1 or 7 days, as well as longer term, at any station or online.

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