How to get about…
Now that you have booked your Parisian apartment, it’s time to think about your arrival or departure from and to one of the three Paris airports. Whether it’s CDG (Charles de Gaulle), ORLY (Orly) or BAV (Beauvais) we have transfer services for a smooth visit to and from one of our Parisian apartments.
Any in Paris
If you are interested email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance (lastest 72hrs before the transfer) with the following information.
International Home is happy to share with you the “must knows” of Paris. Below, you will find detailed information about Paris, the most important and famous Parisian events. From emergency numbers to how to get around at night.
Safety first!!! Here are the emergency numbers you need to know while vacationing in Paris.
Police: 17 Fire department (Sapeurs-pompiers): 18
Ambulance (Samu): 15 Emergency from a mobile dial: 112
Divided into 20 arrondissements, Paris is a compact city. It’s very easy to get around by bus and metro. The 1st arrondissement begins at the Louvre and spiral out clockwise from 1 through 20.
Right and Left Bank
Paris is divided by the Seine into 2 parts (the Right and the Left Bank). When you look on a Paris map, you’ll see the Right bank at the top of the map and the Left Bank is below. It’s very easy to pass from one side to the other side thanks to the numerous bridges. (Paris Map)
18 years of age is the legal age to drink alcohol. 18 is also the age at which you can apply for a driver’s license.
Since 2002 the official currency in France has been the Euro (€). You can follow the rates on the website: http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?From=EUR&To=USD
The public transportation system consists of Buses, Metro (subway) and RER (suburban express railways that are connected to the metro lines inside Paris). Paris and its suburbs are divided into 5 zones. Zone 1 and 2 cover Paris. If you are doing a lot of site seeing think about getting a day pass or a week pass depending on the length of your stay here in Paris.
*Be sure to download the RATP free app and the Paris metro map on your phone to plan your excursion!!
Inside Paris, average price ride will be between 6 to 38€ (a 5€ minimum charge is asked).
The cab fare may vary due to traffic, distance, time and day of the week usually at night the price is reasonable. Be sure to ask the driver the different forms of payment before getting into the cab.
You can always call an Uber or ChauffeurPrivé provided you download the application on your phone.
Non-EU residents (live outside the EU more than 6 months per year) can claim a refund on VAT (around 12%) if they spend more than 175€. When buying expensive items in shops ask a “Bordereau de vente à l’exportation” make sure to have it stamped by customs when leaving the country.
*Detaxe DOES NOT cover: food, drinks, antiquities, art work or services.
A service charge of 15% is included in your bill in restaurants, bars and cafés, but it’s polite to round up the total amount and to leave a cash tip of 1 or 2 euros or more for a meal (of course depending on the quality of the service you received).
In France electricity runs on 220V. For US 110V appliances you will need a transformer that you can find in shops like Darty, BHV, Fnac.
If you missed the last Metro (between 00.40 am and 1 am) or you’re too early for the first one at 6 am and don’t want to catch a cab, there is a night bus network (Noctambus) consisting of 18 lines starting from the Place du Châtelet and heading out in different directions to the suburbs (up to 30km from Paris, direction Paris-suburbs). This service is available every day, including Sunday and during public holidays, from approximately 1 am to 5.30 am with a departure every 30 minutes.
Museum opening time
Museums open from 9 or 10am until 5 or 6pm. Others open later and close at 8 or 9pm. Closing day is most usually Monday or Tuesday, with a few exceptions. Some are even open 7 days a week, such as some of the major monuments which can even be visited as late as 11pm or midnight. Opening times tend to be longer during high season. On public holidays (see here) – in particular, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th – many museums and monuments are closed.
Free admission and good deals
Most national museums and monuments are free for the under 18, and on the first Sunday of the month, for everyone, depending on the time of year. The permanent collections of the Paris City museums are also free for everyone, all year round.
Sales in Paris
Twice a year and lasting a month: after Christmas (January / February) and at the beginning of the summer (June/July).