Paris in one day: the best route


This Paris guide in one day It is designed for travelers who have a long stopover between flights or for a first day in the known as City of Light.
Paris is a huge, bohemian city, full of museums, parks, markets, monuments, shops as well as the possibility of enjoying many cultural and leisure activities. It is necessary, if you have little time or want to make the most of it, chart the routes through the city, so you don't miss anything important and make the most of your time. Most itineraries can be done on foot, although taking into account the proper functioning and accessibility of the Paris metro, this can help you visit the farthest places.
Based on the experience of our trips to Paris in 12 days and Paris in 4 days we have done this Paris guide in one day. We start!

How to go from the airport to the center of Paris

Paris has 3 airports near the city: Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. Most low-cost flights, such as Ryanair flights, land at Beauvais Airport or at the
Orly Airport, like those of the Vueling airline. While in Charles de Gaulle, the most important airport in the city, large companies such as Air France operate.
The best ways to go from the airport to the center of Paris or your hotel are:

- Bus: The 3 airports have a direct bus transfer to the center of Paris. In Beauvais, the bus costs less than 20 euros and takes about 75 minutes. In Orly you have urban buses for 2 euros or the Orlybus that leaves you directly in the center in approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic, for less than 8 euros. While in Charles de Gaulle, the Roissybus takes an hour and costs about 11 euros, although from this location there is also the possibility of going to the city center in cheaper urban buses.
- Train: It is a little cheaper than the bus, although not as comfortable, but it can be a good option at the airports of Orly and Charles de Gaulle. RER trains in Orly take about half an hour and cost about 7 euros. In Charles de Gaulle they cost about 10 euros and take half an hour. The bus and train leaves you at stations that are well connected by subway to the city center or near your hotel, depending on the location.
- Taxi: Taxi prices in Paris depend on the distance from the airport to the center or to the hotel. For example, from Charles de Gaulle to the center you can pay about 60 euros, from Beauvais about 150 euros and from Orly about 80 euros.
- Private transport: With a price a little cheaper than the taxi, this is the most comfortable option since with this service a driver will wait for you at the airport with a sign with your name and will take you directly to the hotel. Being a closed price, cheaper than the taxi, you will avoid unpleasant surprises. You can book it here for trips from the 3 airports to the center of Paris or to your hotel.

To find more detailed information about the transfer you can check this post on how to go from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, how to go from Beauvais Airport to Paris or how to go from Orly Airport to Paris.

Accommodation in Paris

In our first trip to Paris we stayed at the Etoile Pereire, located 10 minutes walk from the Arc de Triomphe and with a metro station nearby. The hotel is very good value for money, plus free wifi, good breakfast and very friendly staff.
On our last trip we were at the Hotel de Nell 15 minutes walk from the Louvre Museum. Its price is more expensive than the first hotel, although the value for money is also very good.

Save money in Paris

- Booking the Paris Pass for 2, 3, 4 or 6 days allows you to access more than 60 of the main attractions of Paris, including the Louvre Museum or a cruise on the Seine River, so you will save time by not have to queue and money. It also includes transportation by subway, bus and tram to easily reach all the tourist points of the city.
- A good option to learn more about the history of the city and its curiosities is to book this free tour of Paris with a guide in Spanish Free! or the Paris tourist bus, with which you will save time.
- If you do not want to pay commissions when withdrawing money from ATMs and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, our two favorite cards for travel.

For more recommendations you can consult this post of tips to travel to Paris essential.

Paris guide in one day

This Paris route in one day It focuses on visiting the most central and famous area of ​​one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an itinerary that begins early arriving by subway to the Plaza de Trocadero, which is for us the place that has the best views of the Tower Eiffel Arriving soon there will be few people and you can take pictures almost alone, in addition to enjoying the place at this incredible time of day. Going down the stairs of the square you will pass through the Trocadero Gardens, a set of gardens with statues, fountains and ponds that reach up to near the river Seine.

Map of the route through Paris in one day