When flying internationally into Paris, you’ll most likely disembark at its main airport, the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle), is situated within three departments (départements) and six communes in Paris, which include Seine-et-Marne département, with Le Mesnil-Amelot, Mauregard, and Mitry-Mory communes; Seine-Saint-Denis département, with the Tremblay-en-France commune; and Val-d'Oise département, with the Roissy-en-France and Épiais-lès-Louvres communes. The airport was renamed after Charles de Gaulle, President of France from 1959 to 1969, and was leader of the Free French Forces as well as founder of the French Fifth Republic. Although renamed, the airport is still commonly referred to as the Roissy Airport/Roissy. Being Paris’ main airport, Roissy Airport is the second busiest in Europe and eighth busiest in the world while being busiest in aircraft movement within Europe and tenth busiest in the world.
To see most of Paris, there are three Paris passes for every adventure you seek. Paris is a city rich in history and sights to see, to get the most out of this marvellous city, get your hands on the Paris Transport travel card or Paris Visite, Paris Museum Pass, or the Paris City Passport for stays that are within two to five days. The all-inclusive Paris City Passport features the Paris Visite, Paris Museum Pass, Bateaux Mouches sightseeing cruises pass, and Cars Rouges 1 day. The Paris Museum Pass allows guests to visit monuments and museums such as Musée du Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and the Panthéon, to name a few.
Paris is a centre of historic destinations such as monuments, institutional buildings, museums, and castles, as well as other spots that include shopping destinations, art centres, and theatres. The city’s most visited spots also include Notre Dame de Paris (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris), the Eiffel Tower, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris (Basilique du Sacré Coeur), along with Disneyland Paris, various places of worship, zoos, and aquariums. Paris visitors can also get around the city through its themed, backstage, multimedia guided tours fit for every age range.
How to get around within Paris
A smart way to travel within Paris is by acquiring one of its Paris city passes. Paris Visite, the Paris Transportation travel card, is available on its own or with the Paris City Passport. Paris Visite lets you tour the city and its suburbs through unlimited travel by bus, metro, tramway, as well as RER networks (Réseau Express Régional) or Regional Express Network. Paris is known for being a major highway, rail and air transport hub, but if the thought of taking public transport within an unfamiliar city makes you anxious, most of the city is accessible by foot or through Vélib’, Paris’ public bicycle sharing system.
How to get there
Getting into Paris can be by flying or by entering through other parts of Europe. Among Paris’ four international airports include the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle), Paris Orly Airport (Aéroport de Paris-Orly), Paris–Le Bourget Airport (Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget), and Beauvais–Tillé Airport (Aéroport de Beauvais-Tillé). Among the airlines that fly into Paris include Air France, the French flag carrier, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, and United Airlines, to name a few. Visitors are able to get into Paris through its motorways, the city is surrounded by a four-ring road system or orbital freeways which include the Périphérique or the Boulevard Périphérique, the A86 motorway, the Francilienne motorway, along with the grand contournement de Paris.