As with most capital cities, Paris enjoys an extensive 24 hour public transit system. The Paris public transport network consists of the metro station, tram, RERSuburban Express Train, bus and night bus.
The metro lines are the cheapest and most efficient way of travelling across the city but be aware that the trains can get busy, so at times you may want to walk instead. Alternatively, you can take the bus, tram, or cycle if you’re not in a rush to get from A to B during your Paris stay.
Also, there are always taxis around if you want a more comfortable option, but be prepared to get caught in traffic.
Download the Citymapper app it'll tell you exactly how to get from A to B using Paris' transport options, or try out the Parisian ride hailing app Kapten for a hassle-free journey across the city.
Money & Tipping
Tipping is more of a gesture and less of an obligation in France. Bar staff, cafe workers and taxi drivers don’t generally expect a tip, though it will always be happily accepted. It is common to leave a small tip of around 5-10% in restaurants, but be aware that many restaurants may also add an optional service charge to your bill.
Away from traditional markets, haggling is uncommon. Negotiating a lower price in a restaurant or shop is out of the ordinary and may even be considered to be rude. Tax is included in shop prices – so the price you see is the price you’ll pay.
Weather & Climate
Located in the north of France, Paris enjoys mild weather all year round with September and October being the driest months of the year. The city enjoys highs of 30 degrees ceilcius or moreplus in the summer but can also drop to below freezing in the winter. Be sure to pack a warm coat if you’re travelling in the winter and always carry an umbrella with you.
Phones & Electricals
France uses two plug types - C and E. You will be able to purchase adaptors at many retail outlets across Paris including Darty stores and most common supermarkets usually within a walking distance.
Mobile data reception is excellent and SIM cards are available to buy in all phone operator stores. Free Mobile is a very popular and affordable choice and will allow you to pick up a SIM card from their in-store self-service machines. Free WiFi will also be included in your Paris accommodation.
Safety & Security
With any large city, it’s important you follow some general rules. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially in crowded places. Check your pockets frequently. Don’t travel to secluded areas, and stay local. Don’t roam around the city alone at night.
Buying Food in Supermarkets
High-quality, high-price: If you’re looking for high quality and high price, in addition to impressive customer service, Franprix, Intermarche and G20 are great options. Although these stores are generally smaller than other supermarkets, they will have all the essentials you need during your short term stay in Paris.
Mid-range: Monoprix, Carrefour and Casino offer great quality products at very affordable prices. These stores are typically larger and are very commonly found in the city centre. Your Paris apartment will never be more than a 15 minute walk from one of these supermarkets.
Cheaper eats: If you’re watching your budget, ALDI, Lidl, Leader Price and Netto are great discount options that still offer impressive quality.