Top tips for your Parisian summer getaway this Olympic season

View of Eiffel Tower from the Siene river with blue skys in the background.

Welcome to Paris, the enchanting capital of France, and what just so happens to be the location of the 2024 Summer Olympics! Get ready to immerse yourself in the charm, culture and culinary delights of the City of Light. From mastering the city’s metro to discovering hidden gems, these tips and tricks will prepare you for a vacation that is nothing short of spectacular.

The language

In Paris, the native language is French. While English is known by many Parisians, learning a few common French phrases will not only enrich your cultural experience but also demonstrate respect to the locals. Using words like “bonjour” (“hello”) and “merci” (“thank you”) will show that you are there to be respectful and gain insights on life in the city. If you’re looking to learn a few French travel phrases, this list will make you sound like a pro, or start studying with Duolingo to take in as much as you can before jetting off. 

The currency 

In France, the official currency is the Euro (€). Be sure to exchange money before you arrive or withdraw cash from ATMs, which are readily available throughout the city (just watch out for transaction fees). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but it’s always wise to have some cash for smaller purchases and transactions. Check out this helpful guide that explains the currency and credit card information for U.S. travelers headed to France. 

The weather

Summer in Paris is magical. With long, sunny days and pleasant temperatures ranging from 65ºF to 78ºF, it’s the ideal time to explore the city. Make sure to pack light, breathable clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen to remain comfortable while walking around. While rainfall is relatively rare compared to the other seasons, it’s always smart to bring along a small umbrella, just in case. And if you’re planning on watching any outdoor Olympic sports, a hat and lots of water are always a good idea. 

View of the Eiffel Tower over buildings on a clear day

The transportation

Getting around is easy thanks to its efficient public transportation system. The Métro is the fastest way to navigate the city, with 16 different lines covering every corner of Paris. Purchase a Paris Visite pass for unlimited rides on the Métro, buses and RER trains (a train that connects the center of Paris to the surrounding suburbs). If you don’t think you’ll be using public transportation that much, single tickets are also available for short rides. Want a more scenic mode of transportation? Check out the riverboats on the Seine. While these may not be typical public transportation, they are a great way to see Paris from the water. 

Seine river view with a boat moving under a bridge

The attractions

Did you even travel to Paris if you didn’t see the iconic landmarks and attractions!? The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph and Cathédral Notre-Dame de Paris are just a few spots you need to hit while exploring the city. If you’re heading to The Louvre, make sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid the large lines that form to enter the building. These ticket options through Viator offer things like “skip the line tickets” and Louvre entry with optional Seine River tours. Pro tip: for any landmark that you are planning to visit, always check beforehand to see if pre-arrival tickets are available. This will ensure you access to the site (even if tickets sell out at the attraction itself) and avoid most lines. 

Don’t forget to visit the iconic Montmartre neighborhood, home to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the bustling artist square of Place du Tertre. And to make your trip even more special, secure tickets to a cabaret at Moulin Rouge, where you’ll be transported to a bygone era of high-kicking can-can dancers, classic costumes and mesmerizing performances. By visiting these must-see attractions, you’ll take in everything Paris has to offer. 

View of Moulin Rouge in Paris at night

Safety & practical tips

No matter where you’re traveling to, it’s essential to prioritize safety and incorporate practical tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. While Paris is generally a safe destination for tourists, it’s wise to remain vigilant, especially in crowded areas filled with tourists. With Paris being the host city of the 2024 Summer Olympics, you can expect there to be even more crowds from July 26th to August 11th. If you find yourself in any kind of trouble, the emergency number in France is 112. If you’re traveling with Faye, we provide important emergency destination info in-app to make sure you’re well informed. Overall, stay alert and practice common-sense precautions to navigate Paris with confidence and peace of mind. 

Bon voyage!

Whether you’re indulging in a fresh croissant at a local bakery or snapping a pic of the Eiffel Tower, make your Parisian adventure extraordinaire with Faye

These activities and websites are suggestions and Faye is in no way associated with them. This post is meant to give you ideas and inspiration on how to make the most of your Paris vacation. 

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