We’ve all been there! It’s our first time in a new city and we have no clue where we’re going, let alone the language! Well, here are 5 tips for first time visitors to Paris that should help you out before you visit the city of love!
Take the metro!
The metro is the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. The Parisian metro is one of the oldest and most extensive in the world. It also happens to be one of the cheapest. If you buy a ‘carnet’ which is when you buy a book of ten metro tickets at once, it’ll cost under €1.50 a journey!
Read more: 4 unusual metro stations in Paris.
Leave Paris at least once!
It would be a crime to visit the city of lights and not make at least one day trip. Despite common misconceptions, the French transport system is reasonably priced.
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Never order bottled water.
One of the most common mistakes that visitors make when they visit Paris for the first time is that they’ll order bottled water. Instead, make sure to order ‘un carafe d’eau s’il vous plaît‘.
Read more: How to order in a Parisian restaurant.
Pick up a few french phrases before you go.
Never ever tell yourself ‘Oh, I’ll pick up some phrases on the plane.’ Because we all know that that never happens! Also, it’s all well and good telling yourself that you’ll pick up some French phrases when you’re there but trust me, you’ll thank me later!
Even learning the basics before you go will help you enormously. People are a lot more likely to help you if you’re lost etc. if you’re at least trying to make an effort in their language. Even a simple ‘Bonjour. Parlez-vous Anglais, s’il vous plaît?’ is better than nothing!
Don’t fall prey to any of the infamous tourist scams.
As one of the most touristic cities in the World, Paris is absolutely full of tourist scams! From the ring scam where someone will try and trick you into giving them money to being pickpocketed, Paris is a haven for thieves. Just make sure that you’re aware of you surroundings all the time!
Read more: Parisian Tourist Scams to Avoid