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Paris is the European capital of culture and romance. There is plenty to see, do and taste in this elegant metropolis, such as taking in some of the world’s most famous pieces of art or climbing one of the most iconic structures of the 20th century.

In summer the city authorities create urban beaches by the River Seine that come complete with sun loungers and parasols reminiscent of the French Riviera, adding another layer of depth to the city. Be sure to get a city guide book from a tourist office. Paris boasts an abundance of attractions that are often spread out for miles, not to mention the finest shopping experiences in Europe.

Plan your stay and try not to do more than two attractions in a day. The Louvre and Disneyland Paris will take a full day each. Famous for its influential take on fashion, cinema and world cuisine, Paris continues to be a hub for artists, making it one of the most vibrant places to visit in Europe. Ask a specialist like Travelstart to help you find the cheapest flights to the French capital.

Why visit Paris?

  • The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most iconic monuments. Seen in many Hollywood blockbusters and with historic importance, don’t forget to take a picture of it!
  • Louvre art collections – Home to the most famous painting ever, the Mona Lisa.
  • Who would visit Paris without tasting the food? Fresh baguettes, delicious sauces, macaroons and the finest or fine dining are waiting to delight your tastebuds.
Euro, EUR, €.
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.065 EUR
Time Zone:
UTC + 1 - There is no time difference between Paris and South Africa
Dialing Code
00 + 33 + 1 + Local Number
Drive on the right side of the road.
Paris Airport-Le Bourget, Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport
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Northern France enjoys a temperate climate. Spring is one of the best times to visit, when apple, almond and magnolia trees are in blossom and city parks start opening up their playgrounds and cafes. The weather is pleasantly sunny, warm and dry. Let Travelstart help you get on your way to a dream holiday in Paris.

Don’t expect everybody to reply in English, even if they theoretically could. It is best to brush up on your French before you leave, as the locals will respect you more for at least attempting to converse in their mother tonue. Below are a few word that you must know.


French people are quite formal. Wishing somebody a "good day" or "good morning" is considered essential good manners.


Saying "thank you" always makes a good impression with waiting staff in restaurants, guides at museums and staff in hotels expected to look after you during your stay.

"Mon dieu"

Taking the Lord's name in vain may not be your usual way, but this standard French curse will carry you nicely through your shock over some of the ticket, hotel and restaurant prices in Paris.

  • The bell in the Notre Dame Cathedral is called Emmanuel, and it weights a whopping 13 tonnes.
  • There are 1,784 bakeries in the city. Baguette, anyone?
  • A fake Paris was built at the end of the First World War to confuse German pilots and it included working lights to replicate the movement of trains!

We compiled a list of itinerary ideas which every Paris tourist should experience:

  1. The Louvre: a historic monument in its own right and home to one of the world's largest museums
  2. Arc de Triomphe: take a taxi through it, if you're brave. French traffic is for lunatics!
  3. Musée d'Orsay: home to one of the largest Impressionist exhibitions in the world
  4. Notre Dame de Paris: the city's great 12th century cathedral
  5. Basilica of Sacré Coeur: beautifully situated overlooking the district of Montmartre

Stay clear of touristy places that charge the world and head to smaller bistros and charming cafés, which serve authentic Parisian cuisine. Paris is home to some of the world's finest patisseries (bakeries), serving decedent cakes to die for, which are even better when accompanied by bucketloads of café au lait, the Frenchman's idea of morning coffee!

If you are worried about taking in too many calories while in Paris, just remember to eat in moderation as you would at home. Luckily, you will be able to burn them off quickly, as Paris is best seen on foot.

Paris is open to all, which can be seen in its collections of art and its religious architecture. Freedom of religion and thought has been guaranteed since a declaration in 1789. In France, religion is considered a private matter, so discussions are often not welcome.

In regards to culture, the French are often perceived as arrogant, but this is not the case. They will, however, sometimes insist that you speak French to them. Smoking is banned in public places and is enforced, so beware!

As any other global city, always be wary when outside or on public transport, especially if you are alone. Stick to the tourist paths at night and avoid unlit areas. Generally speaking however, Paris is considered to be a safe city. There are no general health risks in Paris

About Paris Flights

With more flight options between Nigeria and Paris than you can shake a baguette at, it’s no wonder Travelstart has been the preferred online travel agency of millions of Nigerians since 2006.

While Air France is the only airline offering direct flights to Paris from Nigeria, you might want to consider another carrier such as Lufthansa, KLM or British Airways if you’re looking for budget tickets. Don’t worry though, Travelstart will show you all the ticket prices of the various airlines and select the best combination, so you’ll never miss a good fare whether flying direct or going via Munich, Amsterdam or London.

Please note: For the latest times and info for Paris flights, it’s best to refer to the booking engine on this page.

Charles De Gaulle Airport Paris – CDG

Situated a little further from the sprawling centre of Paris than Charles De Gaulle is Orly Airport (code ORY). Orly serves domestic and international air traffic from Europe and further afield. You might land at Orly if you book a flight to Paris that has a stopover.

The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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