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1. Posted by kai_l (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi there,
I am planning a 3 days trip to Paris in Mid-Sept.
Considering my first solo trip to Europe, would really like some advise.
I'm planning to take a train from Calais to Paris.
Any suggestion of the best way to get around and also looking for places of interest to visit cheap accomodation.

thanks!!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Some general tips:

  • Bring good shoes. Paris is spread out, and most of the city center is very pleasant to explore on foot. Expect to walk a lot
  • Consider buying a Carte Orange or ParisVisite pass for Paris public transport. More information in the UK via HelloParis
  • Buy a guide book. For a short trip like yours, in which you're likely to visit only the highlights, something cheap will do
  • Book accommodation in advance. It's not easy to find budget lodging in Paris; plus in september, the city's still full of tourists. You could look into hospitality exchange (through BeWelcome or CouchSurfing), which is a good way to get to know the city because you have someone local to give advice and show you around
  • Read the Paris and France articles in the Travel Guide
3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 7y

Accommodation (get a place near a metro station. Buy a number of tickets at a time rather than continually queuing up. Watch your valuables):

http://www.paris35.com/
http://www.trivago.co.uk/

Tourism:
http://www.zpinaddict.com/parishtm/favorit.htm
http://www.paris-walks.com/

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

4. Posted by kerouac2 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Broke forum rules?? I just joined this site but I can't imagine it being very helpful if people cannot put informative links in their messages. And why is linking possible if you don't want links?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

kerouac2: I'm assuming you're referring to the reply by Cyberia in this thread? (You could also be referring to a reply by yourself which has now been deleted or something, but I'll assume not.)

There is a very clear distinction made on this forum between links (and posts) which are intended to help answer questions, and links (and posts) which are intended to promote a specific website or company. The former is very much allowed, and the latter isn't. If we didn't take such a hard stance on anything deemed "promotional", this forum would get hundreds of messages a day extra which fall in the grey area of being promotional without being outright spam, and those messages would quickly drown out all the genuinely helpful replies which exist here now.

Cyberia's reply in particular was flagged for attention by the moderator of this sub-forum because it contains a link to a specific website which Cyberia has been promoting in literally dozens of messages over the last year, which gives the impression that Cyberia's purpose for being here is to promote that specific website.

6. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

Hi kai_l

I would advise you to book your trip so that you wake up in Paris on the 1st Sunday of the month.

On the first Sunday of every month all museum entries are free, you can save a fortune. Most places are between 8-12euros entry which soon mounts up. we managed to get free entry to about four venues, Sainte Chapelle, Musee d'Orsay, Musee du louvre, Pantheon, after that our feet were killing........take some crocs!

We bought a 5 day metro pass which can also be used on the buses which was invaluable.

It is really expensive, the most expensive city I have ever been too, a beer is 8E, coffee id 5E, bottled water is 3E. I did take my own tea bit we had no kettle in our room, so if you like hot drinks you can save a forune by taking a travel kettle.

Jenny

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Google "batobus", it is by far the best way to see Paris.

8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 7y

I'm not sure if you've booked hostels yet, but if you haven't I recommend MIJE (of the three Fauconnier would be my preference) or BVJ. For things to do you may want to check out this thread. Best of luck!

9. Posted by ErolGirl (Budding Member 78 posts) 7y

I'm looking into starting our trip in Paris and were pretty much 100% on Couchsurfing in the city. Already checked it out and there seem to be some pretty well recommended people there. You can get somewhere for free right in the city centre and a living with a local will be very useful for city knowledge and how not to get ripped off by tourist traps! You can usually use their kitchen too so you could save some money by mking your own meals and some even say they will cook for you! Depend who you choose....

Not everyones cup of tea though but just a thought! :)

10. Posted by kerouac2 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

I disagree with the person who said that budget accommodation is difficult to find in Paris. Paris is one of the three cheapest cities in Europe for one and two-star hotels, but many of them do not have websites or use reservation systems, so you have to phone or fax them directly.... or just walk around.

In my own neighborhood, there are about 10 hotels with rooms under 50€ a night and in some cases under 30€ a night. While they are simple and perhaps even rustic, they are most definitely not flophouses and quite a few tourists (often from Eastern Europe) know about them.

They are all around metro Marx Dormoy, which is north of Gare du Nord but which is a perfectly respectable neighborhood.

I think that the most luxurious room in the area is probably at the Hôtel de Torcy on rue de Torcy, which has a huge room with full bathroom and cable TV for 55€. On nearby rue Riquet, there are two places in the 30€ price range, one on each side of the rue l'Olive intersection.