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Basically, in France, smoking is forbidden indoors except in private places and allowed outdoors. The law changed considerably around 2007–2008, so if you last came to France over 10 years ago, the situation then has nothing to do with the situation now. Smoking is forbidden in covered spaces in government and other public buildings, in public transport ...


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Yes, you can travel with regional trains. It takes a little over 4 hours plus the connection times, and there are no good connections, so count on 5 to 6 hours for the journey. The bus takes 4–5 hours and is cheaper than regional trains. It isn't easy to find the train times or prices because online planners tend to go for the fastest journey only. There's ...


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What I can tell you about northern Italy (anywhere between Milano and Venice) is that the cities basically closes down in August (except for tourist destinations such as museums and churches), and even more so in the afternoon. If you will be walking the streets of any town in that area (Modena, Padua, Ravenna, Verona, etc), it will be like in a Zombie movie ...


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From someone from abroad, they are located at the same place: Paris. But one is at the north east of Paris (Cité des sciences) whereas the other is near the Champs-Élysées (Palais de la découverte). I have visited both and I am fond of the Palais de la découverte. I feel there is much more humanity in the way science is displayed. This lies perhaps in how ...


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My first hand experience with France is that on 1st of August it's absolutely impossible to get through, because of absolutely infernal traffic on all the highways. Seems like everyone is going to the beach at same time. I haven't visited cities at that time, so can't say how bad is it. I do have first hand experience living in Madrid, which does indeed ...


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Cheapest: walk everywhere. Paris isn't a very nice place for biking (though it's improving, but slowly), but you can do it. There's a public short-term bike rental service called Vélib: you take a bike from one of the ubiquitous stands (only within the Paris city limits and in a short range outside, not in the whole suburbs) and bring it to another stand ...


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@travelot clearly laid out the relevant rules but I would like to clarify something and highlight an important distinction: There is – to my knowledge – no general restriction on taking pictures of the Eiffel tower (the police might ask you to stop taking pictures, e.g. if you are disturbing traffic and the like but that's something else). The issues with ...


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Indeed at first it sounds like they are the same, but they are actually more complementary. Checking the website, we can learn (it's in French though) that the Palais de la Découverte is more the science museum, kids-oriented with experiments to figure basic physics phenomena, so it is probably what you are looking for. On the other hand, La Cité des ...


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There are two main stations in Versaille, Versailles - Château - Rive-Gauche on the RER C, and Versailles - Rive Droite on regular suburban network. The Château stop is about a 5 minute walk to the entrance, which the Rive Droite one is closer to 10. There is also Versailles - Chantiers on the RER C and local lines, but that's the furthest. I'd suggest you ...


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As an Indian national with a US Visa transiting a French airport you do not generally require a visa, as you can TWOV (Transit Without Visa). Presuming you are passing through Paris CDG airport, then this is true even if you have to change terminals as there is an air-side bus. (At Paris ORY airport some transfers can not be made airside and will require a ...


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Les Cars Air France For transferring between these airports, the quickest option is the Air France coach ("Les Cars Air France"). You need line 3 ("ligne 3"). It departs twice an hour, takes around 1h30. One-way tickets costs €19 online or €20 onboard. It's advisable to buy from the bus driver than wait in line at a kiosk/machine. The driver will load and ...


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Generally speaking, http://bahn.de/ is very good to find train connections, even if you are not traveling through Germany and/or cannot book that particular route through the site. Usually, you could therefore check in advance if the train runs on the days you are interested in but it won't help in this case. The problem is not Thello's 120-day booking ...


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Definitively yes, e.g., on FNAC Tickets site. Type for instance Louvre in the search box, and you get the link to book a ticket for the Louvre Museum. Alternatively, once in Paris, you can go to any FNAC store and buy a ticket for the Louvre, without the long queue in front of the museum.


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Usually it is possible to get cheap fares for the train from Germany to neighbouring countries via the Sparpreis finder. If I'm not mistaken, it should be possible to get a ticket starting from €49. The cheap tickets tend to run out quite early, so you'll have to book them as soon as possible. The earliest date you can book them is usually 3 months before ...


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I've already accepted an answer, but having recently come back from the trip that inspired this question, I thought I'd share my experiences. Paris seemed very empty. Even in the morning on weekdays, there were very, very few people in the streets (excluding the area immediately surrounding popular tourist spots). There were also shops and restaurants ...


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It depends where you are going to live in Paris. In terms of public transport I would say the most expensive form would be the taxi. The metro/bus/tram would cover all your transportation needs within the city boundaries. You could go for a monthly subscription or buy de "carnet de 10" tickets. These sets of 10 tickets you can buy at any vending machine. As ...


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TL,DR: take RER B to Denfert-Rochereau. Buy an Orlybus ticket. Take the bus when it's time to leave for Orly (allow 30min travel time + ~20min interval between buses + risk of delay). The Paris airport authority website has all the travel information. Refer to it for stop information. Taxi The quickest way to transfer between the two airports off-peak ...


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I think it's a bug. After doing a bit of experimenting and digging around, it seems that the price of a complément de parcours varies depending on whether you buy it from RATP or SNCF. (RATP runs the metro, buses, trams except T4, most of RER A and RER B south of Paris; SNCF runs all other suburban trains.) SNCF charges the expected price, while RATP charges ...


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The ticket office at major stations such as the airport will be open even on a holiday. In addition, there are ticket machines that accept credit cards (all of them, since this is an RATP station — on the other hand, SNCF stations such as in Roissy airport have machines that only accept credit cards with chips), and I think the ones in the airport also take ...


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Your best bet using Paris transportation system : Reach the station located in terminal 2. Buy your ticket to Paris at the green machine if you have coins or a chip-and-pin credit card. Else you have to queue at the "regional" ticket booth, not the "grandes lignes" which is for long distance high-speed trains. A ticket to Paris is good for any destination ...


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Given that you didn't mention a method of transport... The easiest way to get from CDG to Gare Montparnasse without having to transfer is to catch the Air France Coach ("Les Cars AirFrance"), specifically coach number 4. Unlike attempting to catch the the train, these buses will pickup at all terminals at CDG (so there is no need to catch the airport ...


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Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) to Orly (ORY) For transferring between these airports, the quickest option is the Air France coach ("Les Cars Air France"). You need line 3 ("ligne 3"). It departs twice an hour, takes around 1h30. One-way tickets costs €19 online or €20 onboard. It's advisable to buy from the bus driver than wait in line at a koisk/machine. ...


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Many people offered useful advice but I would like to stress that both climate and things to do will depend a lot on the area you are considering. The summer (July-August) offers the warmest temperatures and the best chances of sun but that's also the season with the most visitors and long waiting times for some attractions. I also occasionally find the ...


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Everything is possible. Strollers are allowed in the metro. But I would advise against it because there are too many stairs in the Paris metro that could make your rides far from enjoyable. If you read french, here is a blog post on the difficulties of a young mother with a stroller: R.A.T.P : Rame Avec Ta Poussette ! The article is relatively old, but ...


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Take the Air France bus (line 2) to Porte Malliot. It takes about 50 mins and cost 14 euros. Enter the building across the road to reach the Porte Malliot metro station underground. Take Line 1 in the direction of Chateau de Vinecennes. Get down at Concorde. Come out of the metro and wait at the bus stop with yellow hop-on hop-off boards.


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RATP trip planner gives 53mn at 10 o'clock, november 28th, 2013. The route is: On foot walk to Gare du Nord – RER from Gare du Nord RER Ligne B direction Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse up to Chatelet-Les Halles On foot connection from Chatelet-Les Halles RER Ligne A direction ...


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To go to Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche from the center, you only need zones 1-4. A Navigo semaine for zones 1-4 is 32 € or 11.60 € more than a zones 1-2 pass. According to the map on Wikipedia, the last station in zone 2 on RER C trains to Versailles is Issy-Val-de-Seine. A “origine-destination” ticket from this station to the Château costs 1.80 € and this ...


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The main options would seem to be: Driving If you just travel on your own, petrol alone is a significant expense and you will want to avoid most of the French motorway network to save on tolls but it's perfectly doable in a day. That's assuming you have a car, obviously, if you need to procure one (buy/rent/import), you can forget about this solution. ...


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So booking in advance definitely seems to have benefits.. An example below for Paris pass Paris Pass Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Muse d'Orsay, and take ...


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I found a flyer on the RATP website that says it only stops at Opera within Paris. From The Place de l'Etoile, you have two options: taking the line 2 of the Cars Air France. It is operated by a private company and goes directly yo Roissy. It is more expensive than the public transit system. connecting to the Roissybus or the RER B to go to the airport. ...



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