Plan your trip to Paris

Paris useful information to help you plan your vacation

Orly airport (Photo by David.Monniaux)

How to get to Paris, France, by train and airplane

Streetwise Paris is one of the best pocket-sized maps you can get (Photo © Streetwise)

The tourism information office of Paris

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How to see the best of Paris, whether you have half a day or a full week

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From the Metro (subway) and the bus to taxis, shared bikes, and other transportation options in Paris

An indication of sightseeing costs (and why the Paris Museum Pass make so much sense) (Photo courtesy of the Paris Museum Pass)

Typical prices and costs in Paris faced by visitors and tourists

French pharmacie are usually marked by illuminated green or green-and-blue crosses (Photo by Pat Guiney)

General safety info, hospitals and pharmacies, emergency numbers, pickpockets, and more

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The most useful hints, tips, and advice for a Paris trip

 (Photo compilation by Reid Bramblett)

Enjoy free admission to various Parisian sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), discounts at other attractions, and even transportation

Transportation options to and within France (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)

Getting to France and getting around France: trains, planes, rental cars, low-cost airlines and long-distance coaches

Travel info (Photo by Bobafred)

Tourist information, guidebooks, maps, tips for niche groups (students, LGBT, seniors, disabled, etc.), and more in France

Companies like Telestial can hook you up with traveling smartphone, SIM cards, and WiFi hotspots at decent rates (Photo courtesy of Telestial)

Keeping in touch while traveling—Cellphones and Skype, mail and roaming fees, and how to call to, from, and within France

Not my gear, but pretty close to what I pack (save the helmet) (Photo by cmor15)

From travel speciality clothes and gear to bags and currency converters

Transportation options to and within France (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

Save money on your France vacation (Photo by 401(K) 2012)

From credit cards, cash, and ATMS to VAT refunds, travelers checks, and customs limits in France

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From emergency numbers and hospitals to pickpockets and general safety issues