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What are the options for traveling to the airports in Paris?

Paris has 3 airports (Orly, Roissy, Beauvais), what are the options to go to or to come from there? (There is also Vatry (XCR) but there is very few flights and i see the shuttle system is currently ...
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Train passport control from London to Paris

I'm a non-EU citizen, I will be travelling from London to Paris next month, so I was wondering since most countries track entry and leave dates, if I use the train to switch these countries and they ...
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What's the deal with the “string people” in central Paris?

I've taken my fiancée to Paris twice - first for our 1st anniversary, and again for our 4th - and both times we had troubles with guys bothering us around the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. They hang ...
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What is the best prepaid SIM card for data in France? [closed]

I'm going to travel to Paris in two weeks for 5 days. I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card for my phone, no calls or SMS needed - only data is sufficient. I've looked through French mobile operators and ...
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Travelling in/out France after the attacks of November 2015

Can someone with a non-European nationality and a French 'carte de séjour' freely enter and travel (particularly by air) from France after the unfortunate events? I have been checking the news, some ...
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Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?

I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way to get from Brussels to Paris by train than Thalys. Thalys prices are alright if you book some time in advance, but it can be quite expensive if you book only a ...
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Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, by public transport but without lots of walking?

In a couple of weeks time, I'm off to the Loire by Eurostar + TGV, which means a cross Paris change. The Eurostar uses Gare du Nord, while the TGVs down to the Loire are at Gare Montparnasse. One ...
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How do I get from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Gare Montparnasse

When I look at the map (linked below) it seems that I can go directly from CDG to Gare Montparnasse on the RER B3 line, but when reading posts it seems that many transfers would be needed. http://...
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London-Paris, Time Critical Agenda for the Louvre and Rodin Museum

When Dante and Virgil entered Hell, they encountered the shades of two lovers: Paolo and Francesca. The story goes that this brother and sister-in-law fell in love which led to Paolo's murder by the ...
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Is there a Paris equivalent of London's Oyster Pay-As-You-Go?

When travelling around London, I usually follow the standing advice and use an Oyster pay-as-you-go card for my tube/bus/train/dlr journeys. It works well, as I can load some cash on every so often, ...
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What is the cheapest / fastest way to get from Brussels to Paris?

There are several ways of getting from Brussels to Paris. The fastest is probably the train, but it gets more expensive when you buy the ticket on the last minute. My question can be really split ...
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Least stressful method of travelling around Paris

In London I can get one day travel card for the underground train, - it might not always be the absolute cheapest but I nearly always end up getting one. And if I were a tourist I would definitely ...
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Transfer from Paris CDG to ORY [duplicate]

I'll be landing at Roissy (Charles de Gaulle) airport in Paris at 9:40 tomorrow (a Saturday) and leaving on another flight from Orly at 13:35 (latest check-in 13:15). That gives about 3.5 hours, ...
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Paris on a Tuesday - are the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre the only “big” attractions that are closed?

One that's caught me out before is that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. It looks like the Centre Pompidou is also closed Tuesdays (French - Tuesday=Mardi). However, the Paris Modern Art Museum (...
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Which sights are open late in Paris?

I am on a conference in Paris and I have free time after 7 pm. What can I see at this time? Last time I went up the Eiffel tower, this was great at night and still open. What else can I do? Which ...
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Can I travel from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse? (Paris)

On Friday I'm going to Angers from Brussels. The train from Brussels, which is a Thalys, arrives in Paris Nord. 55 minutes later, the train to Anger, which is a TGV, departs from Gare Montparnasse. ...
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Is a 7 hour layover in Paris long enough to leave the airport and sightsee?

I have a flight from St. Petersburg, Russia to Atlanta, GA with a 7 hour layover in Paris. I am travelling with two children. All of us are US citizens. We would like to get out of the airport and do ...
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Should I postpone my trip to Paris in 2nd week of Jan in light of recent protests?

I’ve a date and I really waited long to make this happen. My gifrfriend is a bit worried about the security issue in Paris. Which locals think that the media is exagerrating the issue and the issue is ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

In Paris, there are two large train stations close to each other, but still separate and at a walking distance: "The (train) station of the North" - Gare du Nord, and "The (train) station of the East" ...
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Paris (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

When I travel I like to visit areas which are deemed 'dangerous' by tourist guides. Often they turn out to be a little rough but not at all dangerous and interesting to see. So the question is: what ...
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Are there days/times/dates when most Paris museums are free?

While Paris does have some great free museums and art galleries, such as Le Petit Palais and Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris many of the museums have an entrance fee. Since most of my museum ...
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The website says the Eiffel Tower is sold out for two months. Is there anything I can do?

I went to the Eiffel Tower web site looking to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, and found that, except for a few days, it is sold out for basically two months. I am guessing that it is not truly ...
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Is it safe to stay outside the Boulevard Périphérique in Paris?

I'm planning on staying in Paris with my wife for a few days in April. I've found a number of hotels for a reasonable price and with overall good reviews on TripAdvisor. But all of them are located in ...
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What is the cheapest and fastest way of traveling between Liege and Paris with deterministic travelling times?

I am planning to travel from Liege to Paris. The Thalys (train) has this route direct but although they announce very good prices, if bought in advance, I can never find them on the Thalys website. ...
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4 days in Paris [closed]

I am leaving on friday for a city trip to Paris, arriving at noon. I am already leaving Paris again at monday evening at 5 o'clock. I really want to see the Louvre, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower ...
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In Paris, can one purchase pre-paid sim card upon arrival at CDG airport?

Going to Paris with just 3 days stay. Would like local SIM card, no data. Is it possible to purchase at airport?
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Saving leftovers from restaurants in Paris

Doggy bags for saving leftovers in restaurants are extremely common in the USA, especially as portions sizes are usually too large to consume in one meal. But I have read in various forums that it ...
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Are there any drinking water fountains/taps in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport?

I'm not a big fan of spending 3EUR for a 250ml bottle of water, hence the question: are there any drinking water fountains/taps in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, be it airside or at departures/...
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What proof of disability is accepted in France?

I am planning a visit to Paris and see that entry to various landmarks is free or considerably cheaper for disabled visitors. One member of our group holds a German handicapped card ("...
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Skipping long lines at free-museum days in Paris

In Paris, many museums are free on the first Sunday of each month. Thus the lines for museum entry can be extremely long. Is it possible to skip through the line if I bought a ticket in advance? I ...
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Split ticketing to CDG on Paris's RER

I will be spending a day in Paris with a friend, arriving by train into Gare du Nord in the morning, and flying out in the evening. However, my friend leaves from Charles de Gaulle, and I leave from ...
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Do the bus routes in Paris follow a regular pattern?

I will be in Paris soon and I consider an 'unlimited' day pass for public transport. But I would like to know a bit more about the bus lines. When having a day pass for public transport in a city it ...
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Do I have to declare my new laptop when leaving?

I know I have to declare my newly purchased laptop from San Francisco when I land in Paris. Do I have to declare it when I am at the airport of San Francisco as well? Or can I declare it while being ...
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Traveling from Paris to Düsseldorf

What is the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Düsseldorf? I'm flying into Paris via Ryanair from Rome, but there are no Ryanair flights from Paris to Düsseldorf (or anywhere near western Germany, ...
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How is the Louvre queue on free sunday?

I just discovered that Louvre has a free admittance in the first Sunday of each month. I would like to visit, but I am not sure if its a good idea. I prefer to visit the city than spend too much time ...
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Is it possible to transfer air-side when flying through Paris Orly airport?

Does transfer at Paris Orly on a layover between Djerba and London City require leaving the international transit zone? I'm interested in both the case where there is checked-in baggage and also the ...
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Is it normal to be stopped by authorities and asked for ID in Paris? [closed]

On Boulevard Haussmann Paris, is it normal to be stopped for no apparent good reason and asked where you are from? I was giving directions to another tourist. My appearance is clean-cut, unremarkable ...
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As U.S.citizen w/passport can I land in Paris for 7hour layover to make connection to U.S, been 90 days in Schengen recently

My husband and I travelled throughout Spain and Portugal for 90 days then went to Morocco for a month. We want to travel back to U.S.for 2 months (to visit terminally ill family member) before ...
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When to summon Uber: travel from Opera to CDG

Tomorrow: 10AM international flight at CDG: staying at hotel near Opera. Goal: arrive at airport no later than 7AM. If summoning Uber: 1) How much time should I allot for transport during this ...
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What is cost in Paris Metro between Zones 1-2 & are 2016/2017 Carnet EUR 1.45 tickets still valid as new rates are EUR 1.90?

My journey will be (to/fro) Republique Metro Station to Bobigny/Pablo Picasso Metro Station. The vianavigo.com (is it official? looks like) lists the journey as single line, and cost one ticket (EUR 1....
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Where is the Gare du Nord taxi station?

I will be arriving at Gare du Nord train station from London. I will need a taxi. I have read, that there are clear signs indicating where taxis are located but I did not read exactly what's the ...
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Where to print science posters in Paris? [closed]

I am going to Paris for a conference, but I failed to print a poster at home. How can I find a poster printing service with immediate printing of A0/A1/A2 posters in Paris (from pdf)?
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Need to catch an early morning taxi from central Paris to CDG airport!

I need to catch an early morning international flight at 08:00 am from Paris CDG, so I need a taxi at around 05:00 am to get from my hotel which is located at central Paris close to Arc de Triomphe. ...
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UK Tourist Visa for Indian Citizens from Paris

I am an Indian Citizen and scheduled to visit Schengen countries during 04.04.2015 to 12.05.2015 and accordingly obtained Schengen Visa. I have applied for UK visa as a Tourist to visit London from ...
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First time in Paris - decent questions regarding transportation and tourist attractions [closed]

About my journey: I will be travelling to Paris in the beginning of March with my girlfriend and staying for 3 days. We are landing at Paris Beauvais Tille Airport. I have unfortunately found that ...
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Joining the hop-on/off tour of Paris from CDG airport

I'll be arriving in Paris at 8:10 am via CDG on a Monday and want to take the Paris grand tour (Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour). What would be the easiest stop to join at? Outbound flight leaves ...