Paris City Breaks
Getting away to the city of love is something that everyone has to try at least once! Even if you’ve been there before, I can guarantee that there is still more to discover. I find that it’s one of those perfect city breaks because there are plenty of opportunities to find some great value deals. Around every street corner, there are plenty of things to explore and experience. Every street is filled with amazing boulangeries that are packed to the gills with delicious treats that will satisfy every sweet tooth. This isn’t even mentioning the absolutely amazing cultural sites that are available throughout the city. From the Louvre to the Pompidou or the Eiffel Tower there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in this wondrous city. So treat yourself to a Paris holiday and see what i have on offer:
What are the best deals for Paris?
In terms of city breaks to Paris, thankfully, there are plenty of options! Many of the deals that I get for you on the blog are through providers like Skyscanner, Hotels.com and even Airbnb. There is a lot of competition out there for a great deal and there can be a lot of risks when finding the right offer. There are plenty of run-down hotels that need to seriously be avoided at all costs. Lucky for you though all of the deals that are on my blog are for some seriously fabulous hotels.
Cheap flights to Paris
Finding cheap flights to Paris is actually very easy. You don’t even have to book far in advance. For next week you could even get a return flight from Dublin to Paris for only €34. The cheapest they get is usually €20 and you don’t even need an airline sale for that. Having said that, bear in mind that those cheapo flights to Paris are going to Beauvais Airport and not to the more central airports. I will tell you below how to get to the centre from Beauvais airport, though. Flying to Charles de Gaulle is normally a bit more expensive, but even then you’d only pay €60 for a return flight if you book in advance. For the Ryanair Beauvais flights you only have to book in advance if you want to fly for a certain occasion, like Valentine’s or New Year’s Eve. Apart from that you can stay quite flexible.
The only other direct flight from Ireland is departing from Cork. You pay at least €70 for a return ticket, however this one lands closer to the city in Charles de Gaulle.
Best Hotels in Paris
I hate to say it, there are a lot of really bad Paris hotels where you could still end up paying a fortune for your holiday, so try to stay away from those by carefully reading Tripadvisor reviews and looking at the guests photos. But then again you can find some hidden gems. In my Paris deals I am trying to offer you a nice balance of nice enough & cheap and luxurious designer places to stay so keep an eye out…
How do I get around Paris?
As it is the capital city there are plenty of options to travel around, for instance by metros, buses and the regional RER transport system. There are some great offers for cheap travel tickets that will last for either a week, month or year, depending of course on how long you want to stay ;) If you are staying for a week I would really recommend checking out the Navigo Card, a really great value travel ticket that will have you sorted out for unlimited travel while you are staying in the city. Of course, there is always the option to wander around Paris at your leisure and gaze upon the iconic architecture that makes this city so amazing and so majestic.
From Beauvais Airport to Paris
You got yourself those cheap flights? Ok then that usually means you’re flying to Beauvais. I try to select flight times in my deals that you don’t arrive in the evening and leave in the morning but vice versa. Since Beauvais is so far out it really doesn’t make sense if those flight times half the time of your stay. So, the journey from that Ryanair airport takes 1 1/2 hours. You can then hop on a bus. They correlate with the flights’ arrival and leave 20 minutes after. So hurry up. From Paris you can get on the bus 3 hours before your departure time. The buses go to and from Porte Maillot. A return ticket costs €29 when you book online.
I really wouldn’t recommend a taxi, you’ll end up paying €150 easily for your trip. So unless the taxi is fully loaded it doesn’t really make sense.
What to do in Paris?
Paris is a dynamic city that has maintained a firm connection to the past while managing to be a modern destination and a great representation of France as a country. It has a grand scale to it that is hard to underestimate. You will be stunned by the like of the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame and the absolutely otherworldly Louvre. However, the most charming thing about this capital city is the intimacy it offers to its visitors. Each of the quartiers (quarters) are like separate villages unto themselves and have a fantastic individual feel to them. This means that while you may get to visit a certain amount of quarters at first, there’s always something unique to discover on your holiday to Paris.
Paris Sightseeing for Nothing
I have a great tip for you if you are travelling on a budget. I created a list of things to do in Paris that cost nothing but will still get you around with the best sightseeing experience. You only need to know what’s on…