Paris thrills, surprises and takes your breath away. And it is one of the cities that tourists put at the top of their wishlists. For all this it is normal that, when we land in it for the first time, we make rookie mistakes driven by the impulse and by the desire that make us waste time, money and, sometimes, even make us ‘fall out of love’ with it. With this list of ten ‘anti-advice’ you will know what not to do when you arrive for the first time in the French capital so you don’t pay the piper.Don’t miss our proposal of Paris in 48 hours.
It is one of the most beautiful avenues of the city, connecting the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. It is certainly worth a stroll along this splendid street of almost two kilometers, in whose upper part, closest to the arch, are some of the most luxurious restaurants, galleries and stores in the city. But beware! Don’t even think of passing by the shop windows of these stores: what were once all ‘glamour’ today have no charm at all and many of the stores are full of massive groups of tourists, besides the fact that you will spend your entire salary on products that will have no charm and you won’t even need them.
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Save a train is a company that digitized and revolutionized rail ticketing. Visit their website, compare train fares, choose the train line, and the type of seat you want. You can pay with your credit card or even bitcoin. In case the price of your train ticket drops, the platform will let you know and help you exchange it for a lower price.
Wgallina by accessing the official website of French railroads, you will most likely be redirected to RailEurope.com, which is the official North American partner of French railroads. However, you will not always find the cheapest fares from Rail Europe. Therefore, you should always pay attention that the cheapest train route fares are on Save A Train.
There are two ways to buy train tickets at the French station – from a ticket office and at the vending machine. English speakers can buy them either way, but if your English is not very good and you can’t communicate with the person at the ticket office well, the vending machine is the best option. It is easy to navigate, and you can even change your language settings. Buying tickets from the vending machine requires a chip & PIN for the credit card.
Be careful, there are fewer and more spaced out exits, so if you make a mistake and instead of going to Rennes, you go to Nantes, you may have to drive 10 or 15 kilometers before you can change direction.
You can move by car, train or bus. But another option is to rent a motorhome or campervan in France, to make a road trip with the house on your back in a very safe country and with many well equipped campsites where you can spend the night. Reserve your motorhome or campervan in advance and pick it up in the main cities and airports of France. To rent a motorhome or campervan in France, click here.
The jewel of the République, the TGV (Train de Grande Vitesse), pioneer in high speed is the key instrument to travel quickly and comfortably across the country. It is also an idea to take it to visit London, from Paris it takes only 2 hours and a half.
The train is, in any case, indispensable if you want, from Paris, to visit Amiens, Orleans, Strasbourg, Rennes, Futuroscope, Lille, Normandy, Lorraine, London, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium or Holland.
The strategic location of the train stations means that you don’t waste time or money before starting your trip. The High Speed takes you directly to the city centers. In addition, several frequencies a day connect the various destinations, so France is more accessible than ever.
The train is not only a means of transportation, it is the beginning of your trip, of your vacation. During the journey you can relax, enjoy the scenery, stretch your legs or read a good book. It is a time of leisure and pleasure that you can dedicate to what you like the most.
Free wifi service on board for all international customers. Access to a wide variety of content to make your train journey even more enjoyable. See all the information about this service as well as the available content.
The comfortable and spacious seats are equipped with electrical outlets for the use of different devices, you also have a table in each seat so you can have your own space during the trip.