Practical Informations

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Weather


Paris is temperate in the summer; average temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. July is a sunny season in Paris. Picnics, walks and outdoor activities flourish in the city at that time.

Average temperatures and rainfall:

 

Minimum

Maximum

Rain in mm

June

13°C

23°C

54

July

15°C

25°C

59

August

14°C

24°C

64

 

Given the average temperature air conditioning is not often used in Paris. Light clothes are welcome but as weather may be changing, jackets and sweaters might also be handy.

Transports


The Parisian metro connects very easily to all parts of Paris and will always be within a few minutes walk wherever you are in the city.

Paris being a touristic city, you won’t have any trouble understandingmaps and directions in the underground stations. The metro operates from 5.30 am to 1.15 am on week days and until 2.15 am on Friday and Saturday night. The RER train which links the city to suburban areas runs from 6.00 am to 0.30 am. When the underground is closed, use the Noctilien night bus which operates all night. You will also find taxis 24h a day.

Metro and RER maps.

Banking


Banks are open all week days except Sunday. You will find cash points (ATMs) at every corner and all the main streets. There are also international currency exchanges in tourist areas that provide foreign exchange for major currencies such as US dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Australian dollars with a service charge per transaction. Participants without international credit cards are advised to change their money before coming to France, or at the Airport.

Language


In Paris most people understand English and you will get by in the tourist areas, hotels, department stores, museums and monuments. You might also easily find someone who speaks German, Spanish or Italian.

Opening hours


 Most shops open from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm without interruption, Monday to Saturday. You may find shops open on Sunday in tourist areas and the Marais district. Major monuments and places are open 7 days a week and can be visited as late as 11.00 pm or even midnight. Museums open at 9.00 or 10.00 am and close between 5.00 and 6.00 pm. Usual closing days are Monday or Tuesday.

Parisians go for lunch between midday and 1.30 pm and dine between 8.00 pm and 10.30 pm. You will find a snack or a sandwich in cafés and “brasseries” all day long, as well as in most "boulangeries" (bakeries). When the restaurant has a sign saying “service continu”, this indicates that you can have a meal at any time of the day. The majority of bars and cafés open early, around 7.00 or 8.00 am and close around midnight. Nightclubs and bars are open until 2.00 am or 6.00 am.