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INTRODUCTION

One of the world’s great cities, Paris is a must-visit for anyone who wants to spend a romantic weekend with the one they love, discover the latest fashion or see some amazing landmarks up close. It’s also a good place to do business and go shopping, and there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to enjoy a three-course meal.

Anyone visiting Paris should remember to bring a camera. As there are so many amazing sights in the French capital, it can be hard to know where to start! In the space of a week or two, you might be able to take in the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and a walk along the banks of the Seine, most of which that runs through the city being a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ideal car:

Economy

Although Paris has an excellent road network, something small and agile would work best, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to get caught in a traffic jam.

Driving in Paris
  • Road Driving Side
    R
  • Urban Speed Limit
    50kmh
  • Rural Speed Limit
    90kmh
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    120kmh

Highlights & Hotspots

The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ tallest landmark, is usually the first place to go. In the 7th Arrondissement, it’s easily accessible by car or foot. One of the best things about the tower is that, at the top, the views of Paris are spectacular.

Paris’ other great landmark, the Arc de Triomphe, is a good place to have your picture taken. At the Arc, you’re in the middle of the city, able to see other buildings of note including the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as learn about the city’s long history.

Museums are plentiful in Paris, but the best one to visit is The Louvre, which is home to world-famous artworks including the Mona Lisa. For more modern artworks, the Pompidou Centre is the place to be, while its exterior is just as striking to look at.

No trip to Paris should be complete without a little retail therapy. The best place to go for high-end fashion shopping is the 8th Arrondissement, particularly the Canal St-Martin where dozens of boutiques stand. The Palais-Royal’s arcades are worth a look too.

Important things to note:

  • Traffic in Paris is as you would expect in a city of over 12 million people – heavy. Avoiding mornings and evenings on weekdays is a good idea.

    The best road to use in Paris is the Peripherique, which goes around the city centre. It has junctions with all the major routes heading out and into the city.

    Paris’ main tourist information offices are across the centre, in most major railway stations and at major attractions such as the Paris Expo.

Attractions to drive to

Airport Information

Paris’s main airports are Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Charles de Gaulle is 16 miles northwest of Paris, while Orly is just over eight miles south of the city. Charles de Gaulle has three main terminals, serving over 60 million passengers while Orly serves 27 million from one large terminal. To get to/from Charles de Gaulle, it’s connected directly to Autoroute A1, connecting to Paris and Lille. Orly is connected to the A106 Autoroute, which is close to the A6 that connects to the southern parts of Paris.igh