The two main airports in Paris are Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris Orly (ORY). Some flights fly to/from Paris from Paris Beauvais Airport but, in reality, it is an hour and a half drive outside of Paris, which isn’t at all convenient.
Charles de Gaulle Airport
This is the largest airport in Paris, on the northern suburb. It is a 35 minute to an hour journey into central Paris, depending on where you’re heading. Taxis from the airport have a fixed fee of 60€. However, there are many other types of public transportation to get to city centre, including the RER B, SNCF and many Airport Shuttles, such as Le Bus Direct, Roissybus and several city buses that runs from Gare de l’Est, Nation and Torcy RER.
Unlike CDG, Orly is located in the south of Paris. While CDG is the main airport for international flights, Orly has the most domestic traffic and is the second busiest airport in the country. There are two terminals, S (South) for the shorter flights and W (West) for the long-haul flights. To get to and from the airport, you can take the RER B and C. There is also the Orlyval, an automated metro that takes you from one terminal to the other and into Antony RER station. The journey is merely 6 minutes and it is free between the terminals, but costs 9,30€ if you get off at Antony. There are also airport shuttles, Orlybus from Denfert-Rochereau station and various city buses that runs between the city centre and Orly Airport. Taxis are cheaper than the ones from CDG, costing about 30-35€, and the journey takes about half an hour.
As with most countries, the warmest months to visit Paris are from May to July/ August (up to 25°C), although last year, there was an Indian summer in the city, causing the weather in October to be as warm as it had in the Summer months. The temperature usually drops starting in October and becomes really cold from November to mid-February (as low as 1°C). Winters in Paris are usually wet and sometimes snowy.
Multiple Statues of LibertyThere are five Statutes of Liberty replicas and a 1:1 replica of the Flame of Liberty in Paris. The four complete replicas can be found in Île aux Cygnes, a small island close to Grenelle Bridge, Jardin de Luxembourg, Musée D’Orsay and two in Musée des Arts et Metiers. The Flame of Liberty is situated on the Right Bank of Pont de l’Alma.
Partying with firemen
The attractiveness of Paris’ firemen is not unheard of. In fact, every year on 13 and 14 July, you can party with these elite Parisians in most of the city’s fire station. Each year, the fire brigade holds huge parties – the Firemen’s Balls – across the city after marching down the Champs Élysées on Bastille Day.
One of the most expensive cities in the worldDid you know that Paris has overtaken Hong Kong as the second most expensive city to live in in the world? Despite its title, the city of lights actually offers many things for free or a much lower cost than expected. Get into most major museums for free on the first Sunday of the month. You can now also visit the Louvre for a reduced price after 6pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Click the speaker next to the translated phrase to be taken to Google Translate; then click the speaker symbol in the right-hand translation box to hear the phrase being spoken. We’ll start with a few useful travel and culture related phrases…
1. Do you speak English?
2. My name is __________.
Je m’appelle …🔊
3. Can you speak more slowly?
Pouvez-vous parlar plus lentement, s’il vous plaît?🔊
4. Where can I find a bus/taxi?
Est où le bus / taxi?🔊
5. Where can I find a train/metro?
Est où le train / metro?🔊
6. Can you take me to the airport please?
Können Sie mich bitte zum Flughafen bringen?🔊
7. How much does this cost?
Combien ça coûte?🔊
8. Do you take credit cards?
Acceptez-vous carte de crédit?🔊
9. Where is the nearest bathroom?
Est où la toilette la plus proche?🔊
10. Where can I get something to eat?
Où puis-je trouver quelque chose à manger?🔊
11. Can you show me on a map how to get there?
Pouvez-vous me montrer comment y arrive s’il vous plait?🔊
12. Will you write that down for me?
Voulez-vous l’ecrire ici pour moi, s’il vous plaît?🔊
13. I need help.
J’ai besoin d’aide🔊
14. I’m lost.
Je suis perdu.🔊
15. Where can I find a nice bar?
Où puis-je trouver un bon bar?🔊
16. One beer please.
Une biere, s’il vous plait.🔊
17. One cocktail please.
Un cocktail s’il vous plaît.🔊
18. I’m allergic to _______.
Je suis allergique aux noix/ au gluten/ aux produits laitiers.🔊
19. Please can you take me to _______.
S’il vous plaît pouvez-vous me prendre à…🔊
20. Where is the nearest convenience store?
Où se trouve le dépanneur le plus proche?🔊
On to some useful phrases for later in the evening…
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