Main information

Elevation:
27m (90ft)

Time Zone:
Greenwich Mean Time plus one hour: Time in Paris is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in New York.(7 hours ahead of central time in Chicago, etc.)

Area:
105 sq km (41 sq mi)

International Dialing Code:
All numbers for Paris and the outskirts of the city begin with 01 and have 10 digits. The country code is 33. (use the country code only when calling to Paris from another country). Calling cards can be purchased at tobacco stores, post offices and at main métro/RER stations in Paris to use in placing calls from public or private phones. To call the operator: dial 13. For directory assistance, dial 12.

Average Temperatures

Month High Low
January 45F/6C 36F/2C
February 45F/7C 36F/2C
March 50F/10C 39F/4C
April 55F/13C 41F/5C
May 64F/18C 49F/9C
June 70F/21C 54F/12C
July 75F/24C 57F/14C
August 75F/24C 57F/14C
September 68F/20C 54F/12C
October 57F/14C 46F/8C
November 48F/9C 39F/4C
December 46F/8C 36F/2C

Local Seasons

Paris is at its best during the temperate spring months (March to May), with autumn coming in a close second. In winter, there are all sorts of cultural events to tempt the visitor, but school holidays can clog the streets. August is usually hot and sticky, and it’s also when many Parisians take their yearly vacations, so businesses are likely to be closed.

Emergency:
police: 17
fire: 18
ambulance: 15
Emergency calls are free from phone booths.

Currency
Currency is the Euro (EUR). The notes are in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 euro. The denominations of coins are 2 euro, 1 euro, 50 euro cent, 20 euro cent, 10 euro cent, 5 euro cent, 2 euro cent, and 1 euro cent.  The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a US credit card from the ATM machines found at the major banks and stores.

Customs Regulations:
Telephone: 01 43 12 22 22 for information Mon.-Fri. 9-3.

National Holidays:
Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
Easter Monday (dates vary each year – Mar. or April)
April 30 Great Prayer Day
May 8 VE Day
July 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Feast of the Assumption
November 1 All Saints’ Day
November 11 Armistice Day
December 25 Christmas Day

Public rest rooms:
Restrooms are not difficult to find in most places. There is a small fee to use the facilities in train stations.

Electricity:
220 volt A/C). Most hotels have 110V shaver outlets. Plugs have 2 round pins or sometimes 3 pins in a vertical row. American appliances will need a plug adapter and will require a transformer if they do not have a dual voltage capability.

Visitors with disabilities:
Ease of access is improving. A well researched guide called Access in Paris is available at no charge from Access Projects, 39 Bradley Gardens, London W13 8HE. It deals with all aspects of travel and sight seeing.

Children:
Children under 4 travel free on French railways. Admission is free to museums for those under 18.

How to get around:
Paris is well equipped in the area of public transport, which is administered by the state owned company RATP. The easiest way to get around Paris is by the metro (subway) which runs daily from 5:30am-12:30am. Transportation maps are available at subway stations. Tickets can be purchased singly or in books of 10. They are available at the stations and from tobacconists and must be validated before boarding. It is also necessary to have the ticket available at the end of the journey. The best buy is a Paris Viste ticket which is valid for 1-5 days and can be used interchangeably on the subway, bus and rail service to some destinations. Buses run daily from 6:30am-8:30pm.
For information in English: 08 36 68 41 14.

Balabus

A special tourist bus(the Balabus) operates on Sundays and holidays from April-September, circling the main tourist sites.

Batobus

From May-September the Batobus takes passengers on sight seeing trips on the Seine. This boat runs between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame daily from 10-7 with stops at the main attractions: 01 44 11 33 44.
Taxis can be hailed from the street or from one of the 470 stands around the city. An illuminated light on the roof indicates that the cab is available.

Air Travel
Flights arrive at either Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) (01 48 62 12 12 ) or at Orly (01 49 75 15 15). Most visitors arrive at CDG which is 14 miles north of Paris. Buses run frequently (every 12 minutes) and trains every 15 minutes from the airport to the city.
The same schedule of trains and buses operates from Orly airport, which is 8 miles south of Paris. A bus also runs every 20 minutes in both directions between the two airports. Metro, RER, Bus. RATP Information: 08 36 68 20 20
Note: Traffic drives on the right side of the road in France. Pedestrians should exercise extreme caution. Drivers assume the right of way and often do not look for pedestrians.

Additional Transportation Information
The preferred route from Britain to France is the Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel) between London (via Folkestone) and Paris (via Calais), a trip that takes only three hours. TGV services also link Paris with Amsterdam and Brussels.
Hoverspeed runs bus-boat-bus combos from London, but the convenience of the Channel Tunnel has a great advantage over the water route.. There are also ferries and hovercraft between Ireland and France. Euroline buses run from Paris to cities all over Europe.

Railway:
Train (SNCF) information
08 36 35 35 35
Paris is equipped with 6 major railway stations each of which is in charge of a particular area of France.

Limousine
International Limousines Tel : 33 1 53 81 14 14
Prestige Limousines Tel : 33 1 42 50 81 81
Executive Car Carey Limousine Tel : 33 1 42 65 54 20

Annual Events

January

International Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show and Défilés (January to February)

Shopping Sales (January to February)

Rollerblading Excursion

Marche Boulogne (Open-air natural foods markets)

 

February

International Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show and Défilés (January to February)

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

Chinese New Year

Shopping Sales (January to February)

March

Creteil’s Women’s Film Festival

Foire du Trône (Through to May)

April

Foire du Trône (Through to May)

Printemps des Musées

Paris Opera Ballet (Student recitals)

International Marathon of Paris

May

End of World War II parade(Champs Élysées)

Montmartre Vintage Car Rally

Paris Jazz Festival

June

French Open Tennis Championship

Garde Republicaine (Open weekend)

Paris Chopin Festival (June / July)

Paris Air Show

La Villettte Jazz Festival (June / July)

July

Bastille Day (14th July)

Le Grand Tour de France

Periph Summer Festival

(31 Jul – 11 Sep 2004)
France (Paris)
Taking place mainly at two of Paris’ coolest venues – the Batofar and Glaz’art – the Periph Summer Festival has become the not to be missed rendezvous for the Parisian electro scene.

August

Étrange Festival – annual Festival of the Bizarre

Cinéma en Plein Air

(Le Parc de la Villette)

Étrange Festival – annual Festival of the Bizarre

The only reality is that of the imagination,” according to the Marquis de Sade. The Etrange Festival specializes in bizarre films that explore all the quirks and dark recesses of the mind,.

September

Jazz à la Villette

Parc De La Villette (Adhérent OTCP) 211

avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 Paris

01 40 03 75 75 ou 01 44 84 44 84

a musical celebration with an emphasis on innovative and experimental jazz, held outdoors in the Parc de la Villette in Paris and at the music centre of Cité de la Musique, right in the heart of the park.

Late August-mid-September

New Soloists Festival
France (Paris) – ***
The Serres d’Auteuil (Auteuil Greenhouse) hosts a series of concerts by new piano, flute, cello, violin and viola soloists from all over the world, offering a great opportunity to catch the stars of tomorrow.

Techno Parade

sets off from boulevard Montparnasse ; arrives at place de la Bastille

Paris

Early September – Mid-October

Festival D’Ile de France  “Sagas”

01 58 71 01 01

The Festival Ile de France celebrates the end of the summer majestically, with 38 concerts spread out all over Paris and the local region, each one located in a spectacular venue.

The event begins with a week dedicated to popular and traditional songs from Algeria (châabi, malouf, hawzi, aroubi…), held in the Cabaret Sauvage in the Parc de la Vilette.

The other venues are selected for their beauty and cultural significance. Expect to travel to castles, private mansions, barns and gardens to listen to either classical, traditional or electronic jazz.

Mid-September

Les Journees Du Patrimoine (Days Of Heritage)

Paris Et Toute La France

0 820 561 561

Vivez Nature  Trade show for organic farming and natural products”

Paris EXPO Porte de Versailles 1, place de la Porte de Versailles

75015 Paris

01 47 20 09 50

September-December

Festival D’automne Paris  “Paris Autumn Festival”

Paris
01 53 45 17 17

Late September

Fete Des Jardins De Paris “Paris Garden festival”

Festivities/Fireworks

Paris
08 2000 75 75

Mondial De L’automobile  International Motor Show”

Paris EXPO Porte de Versailles

1, place de la Porte de Versailles

75015 Paris

0 892 702 604

Early September

LA PARISIENNE   “Paris women’s race”

Trocadero fountains facing Eiffel tower

start of race. 8am-2pm

October

Fête des Vendanges à Montmartre

Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 06 00 32
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 62 21 21

Montmartre celebrates its unusual status as the only wine-growing area of Paris and remembers its rural past with a colourful parade at harvest time.
Over 2000 vines, planted in 1929, thrive in the enclosure between rue Saint-Vincent and rue des Saules. Since 1937, the area has celebrated its wine-growing capabilities with a celebration of their grape. A traditional parade of local wine-buffs leaves the place Jules-Joffrin who follow the blue and yellow banner of the République de Montmartre, often accompanied by wine-growers from elsewhere in France and Europe. In the evening there is a variety show, a banquet, a ball as well as plenty of wine-tasting of course!

FIAC Art Fair

International Dance Festival

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

November

Lalique Ice-Skating Trophy

Palais Omnisport Paris de Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy, Paris,

France, 75012
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 02 60 60

Every year, the Lalique Ice-Skating Trophy welcomes world champion skaters to the Palais Omnisports de Bercy for performances of their latest individual and partner routines.

There are competitions for both men and women during the three-day event and it always attracts a big crowd. This year sees the 18th outing of the event and it promises to be as popular as ever.

November

Armistice Day

Fête du Beaujolais Gourmand (Late November)

December

Christmas at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

The Boat Fair

The Palais Garnier, Place de l’Opéra

New Year’s Eve with the Paris Opera Ballet

31 December – 1 January

Celebrate France (Various towns) –
Thousands of performers from around the world participate in Celebrate France, a massive and varied two-day extravaganza taking place around Paris at the New Year.

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