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A First-Time Traveler’s Guide to Paris in Just 1 Day


The fact that Paris is so popular among Europeans is likely due to the fact that it is a destination that many people fantasize of visiting. When compared to other European cities, it is second only to London in terms of the number of tourists.

Paris is a charming city. It’s a landmark. It is trendy. In every sense, it is breathtaking. However, Paris is also very large. It is not known for being friendlier all the time. It could be daunting to arrange a vacation there since there is SO MUCH to see and do.

How many days would be ideal for a visit to Paris? Which tasks are absolutely necessary? Please tell me how to get about and recommend a place to stay. For a first-time visitor to the City of Lights, I have put up a 5-day itinerary that I believe will cover all the bases and more.


What to do in only one day in Paris


If you’re planning a vacation to Paris, by all means, utilize this itinerary as a guide! Written from the heart after organizing my own Paris travels, this guide is perfect for those who have never been to the city before.

Though it may be used all through the summer and autumn with little adjustment, it is primarily intended for a late spring/early summer visit.

Paris Accommodations
Where should you stay on your first visit to Paris? That is the first order of business!

With more than 1,500 hotels to choose from, picking a Parisian hotel might be a challenge. However, I will refrain from bombarding you with an overwhelming number of options. Instead, we’ve compiled a list of a several dozen hotels in Paris, loosely arranged by neighborhood.

Remember that the arrondissements, or neighborhoods, of Paris are numbered in a spiral pattern beginning in the city center. In all, there are twenty arrondissements.

For my part, I’ve had pleasant stays in the 9th, 18th, and 16th arrondissements. The 4th, 5th, and 6th are often the most popular neighborhoods for travelers to stay in.

  • Sixth arrondissement hotels The following hotels are located in the Latin Quarter: Hotel Relais Saint-Germain, Hotel Le Six, Hotel d’Aubusson, and Relais Christine (5th arr.) Some of these hotels are the Monge, the Abbatial, the Les Dames du Panthéon, and the Hotel du College de France.
  • Hotels in Montmartre (18th arr.) – Hotels on the eighth arrondissement of Paris: Terrass, Mom’Art, and Hotel le Chat Noir The Astoria Hotel, the Asotel, the Belleval, the Villa Haussmann, and La Demeure Montaigne are all opera hotels from the ninth arrondissement. This includes the following: Hotel Chopin, Quartier Libre Saint Georges (apartment hotel), Hotel Saint-Pétersbourg Opéra & Spa, Hotel Prelude Opera, Hotel 34B – Astotel, and Lyric Hotel Paris*.
  • The following are some other Paris hotels: the Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal, the Hotel Cambon, the Hotel des Grands Boulevards, the Hotel Malte – Astotel, the Hotel Britannique, the Cler Hotel, the 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord, the Hotel Le Milie Rose, the Hotel Maison FL*, the Saint James Paris, the Passy Eiffel, and the tenth-ranked Hotel Le Milie Rose.
  • Some of the best hotels in Paris with views of the Eiffel Tower include the 7th-floor Hotel Le Walt, the 7th-floor Rayz Eiffel, the 15th-floor Le Parisis Paris Tour Eiffel, and the 17th-floor Hôtel Plaza Étoile.
  • The best five-star hotels in Paris are the Shangri-La (16th), the Peninsula (16th), the Four Seasons Hotel George V (8th), and the Mandarin Oriental (1st).
  • The Opera de Paris’s Lyric Hotel in the ninth

Before you book your hotel in Paris, here are a few things to think about:

area (for example, where arrondissement it is in and the proximity to nearby subway stops)
what the hotel’s policy is on smoking in guest rooms (yes, many French people still light up in the evenings).
the hotel’s air conditioning and elevator facilities (not all hotels have them).
Everything like breakfast and internet are included of the nightly charge.
room dimensions (but keep in mind that a standard hotel room in Paris is very cramped).

Part 1: Must-See Paris Attractions

On the first day, you’ll see the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River, the Arc de Triomphe, and your arrival in Paris.

1. Reaching Paris
Paris, France is the destination for today’s arrival. If you’re flying into Charles de Gaulle Airport overnight, you may expect to arrive in the morning. However, if you’re planning to visit Paris and another city, like Amsterdam or London, you could be traveling by train, like the Eurostar. I really think you should do this. Take a look at my 10-day schedule for Paris and London.

When flying into Paris, there are a few ways to reach the heart of the city. The RER B line departs from Charles de Gaulle and travels into the city center; from there, you may take the Metro or a cab. Although this is the least expensive choice, it could be intimidating for first-time travelers (especially those with bags).

It would likely be more convenient for you to hail a cab or arrange for an airport transport in advance, such as this one, when you land in Paris. Sure, these alternatives cost more, but they’re a lot less hassle!

Scene from a Parisian street
This is one way to take in the sights of Parisian streets.
Taxis and prearranged transfers may transport you downtown in around 35 to 60 minutes, give or take due to traffic.

If you arrive early, you may not have enough time to check into your hotel, but you may leave your bags there and go sightseeing!

Getting Around Paris: A Quick Guide
Although cabs are always an option in Paris, my recommendation is to use the Metro the most of the time. You may save a lot of money compared to taking a cab every time you want to go anywhere in Paris because of the extensive and inexpensive subway system.

Stations of the Paris Metro system are identified by the letter M, the phrases Métro or Métropolitain, and the lines are numbered and color-coded.

For now, your best bet is to either buy a 5-day travel pass (€38.35 for Zones 1-3, which is all you’ll need) or a packet of 10 paper Metro tickets (you save 25% by buying 10 at once)*. The Paris Metro is supposed to go paperless and contactless soon.

Despite plans to stop selling paper tickets by the end of 2021, they were still in circulation in May of 2022. You can still buy a 10-pack of contactless tickets or top up a reusable Navigo Easy pass with money even after they’re taken out.

Citymapper is the go-to app for Paris locals when they need directions; it even lets you store routes for offline usage. (A Paris map is also available for offline use on Google Maps.)

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