How to visit Paris in 12 hours?


In June 2015 I made a little Europe tour visiting Brussels, Paris and Murcia. Since my goal was to reach Murcia and stayed there for a few days, I could just only pass by the other two cities. Luckily I still managed to stay in Paris for a day, more exactly 12 hours. I arrived there at night, so I spent a night in a hostel and the next day I woke up at 6am and I went sightseeing until 6pm. Although Paris is quite big, but I was succeed in seeing most of the famous attractions. Here is a few tips about planning your trip to Paris beforehand if you don’t have a lot of time.

Make A Plan

I knew I didn’t have a lot of time here, so I made a plan beforehand what I wanted to see. I made a priority about what I definitely wanted to see, but not which way to get there. I searched for the public transport, how to get from point A to point B, but it was kind of useless, since when I got to the place I found out that the real world was different than the Internet. Sometimes I just looked at the timetable of the bus, get on it and go spontaneously. That’s why when you plan your route, search for the tourist map on the Internet or buy a tourist guide book and draw the way you want to go, what you want to visit and if you follow that way you will find the public transport that can take you to your destination.

You Will Need A Tourist Map

I didn’t print out a map, instead I took many photos about the road, how to get from one place to the other. I watched the map for a longtime, nearly memorized all of the road of Paris (just kidding). But the moment I got there, I really wished I had a real map at least a tourist map. From Google Maps, I couldn’t find my way, so there was time I was totally lost. Having a map of the metro or bus line is also useful. If not then make sure you have mobile net, that you can use on your way. You can ask for a tourist map at the tourist information offices or go into a hotel and ask for one.

Buy A One-Day Pass

Paris is pretty big. If we just think about Champs-Élysées, it is really hard walking along it from la Concorde to l’Arc de Triomphe. It also consumes a lot of time just walking around, so you would want to use a public transport,especially the metro, since traffic jam is common is Paris. Since all of the tourist attraction’s names are also the station’s name, it will be easy to find your way.

One thing about the ticket machines in Paris. You can find them in the subway, before entering the metro. But most of the machines only accept bank card or coins, not a bank note. So if you buy a ticket or a daily pass from the machine, make sure you have at least sum of 20 euro in coins, if not you will suffer going to change your bank note. Or you can just simply use your bank card.

Ask The Local

Paris is big, so its metro stations. There are many entries that will confuse you. For that reason if you can’t find your way, or the entry of the subway you want to take, ask the local. If you speak French, this is also a good chance to practice your language. But if you only speak English, people will also answer you kindly, so do not hesitate asking local people. They won’t look down on you.

Choose Your Accomodation Wisely

When you choose your accomodation, do not just go for a cheap one, but also for a convenient one. If you book your accomodation far from the centre it will also consume your time with travelling and of course you will also need to spend on public transport fare too. So if you know you won’t stay for a long time in Paris, book a hotel near to the tourist attractions, so you will have more time to enjoy Paris and you will also save your energy, since you don’t have to travel too much.

Listen To Your Instinct

Sometimes you might get lost and don’t know how to get from one point to another, but don’t get scared. In stressful situation your intuition will guide you if not to the right place, then to the place that will calm you down, satisfy you and it is going to suprise you a lot. I know if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Paris, this advice might sound stupid, but remember that you are travelling to enjoy, not to run from point A to point B. So beside of wanting to see everything, listen to your instinct, enjoy it and laugh over your mistakes.

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