HomeEuropeFranceFrance Itinerary with Paris, Versailles & Colmar Tour for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on November 28, 2018.Here’s a detailed France Itinerary for 5 days + trip budget to Paris, Colmar, Versailles & more. When we were planning our first trip to Europe, France was not included in the itinerary I initially had in mind.Yes, I was in love with the thought of visiting France for the first time, but I wasn’t sure if it was a good choice considering: (1) We were starting/ending our trip in Greece; (2) We only had three weeks for our Euro trip; and (3) There were a lot of other equally compelling places we wanted to see that were closer to our starting/end destinations.In the end, we somehow managed to fit a quick trip to France after realizing it won’t be a proper 1st Eurotrip without stopping by Paris. Visiting a lot of places in Europe in a short time is easy to do thanks to the region’s well-connected flight and high-speed train network.I’m am relieved that we did not skip Paris! I got emotional many times during the trip, especially with the experience of seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night, getting close to Mona Lisa, watching Moulin Rouge live etc. Clichéd and touristic as it may seem, these are still very worthy travel goals to achieve.Wanting to see a bit of France outside of Paris, we found ourselves in Colmar, a charming fairytale-esque city near the Swiss-French border.How to spend 5 days in France? Check out my recommended France itinerary below. The sample itinerary is easy to follow or customize in case you plan to go for 4 days, 6 days or more. Scroll down to see the detailed do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary blog, followed by a budget/expenses breakdown and lots of extra travel tips.Here are some of the highlights of the trip: Marcos at the Palace of Versailles Eiffel Tower and Paris Skyline view from Montparnasse Tower Marcos at the Louvre Pyramid, in Paris Little Venice, in ColmarFollow trip updates on Instagram @detouristaHQ. Trip ChecklistBefore we go on with the actual itinerary, here are things you might need to prepare and bring for a hassle-free trip.I’ve posted a lot of discounts on this guide. Make sure to check them out and pre-book online to save money, time & avoid the hassles of bringing/exchanging cash during your trip.Accommodations — You should have your confirmed hotel reservations at hand to show at the immigration checkpoint. Book your room as soon as you know you are going because prices often go up the closer you are to your trip.See discountsSee moreParis hotel reservations — Stay in Central Paris, near top tourist attractions or Paris Metro stations.See discountsSee moreColmar hotel reservations — Stay in Colmar Old Town or close to Colmar train station (Gare de Colmar).EssentialsShengen Visa / France Tourist Visa + Valid Passport — Filipinos/Pinoy tourists will need a valid Schengen Visa to enter France and the Schengen Area in Europe.Tours & attraction tickets — Pre-book online to enjoy often cheaper prices compared to buying on site & avoid queueing at ticket counters. You can show these as well to immigration officers as proof that you’re visiting as a tourist.See discountsParis hop-on hop-off bus + Seine River cruise — 2 days unlimited bus pass + 1-hr Seine River cruise ticket.See discountsParis Museum Pass — 2 days unlimited access to over 50 museums in Paris and the surrounding region.See discountsEiffel Tower Summit View — Skip-the-line entry ticket to the 2nd and top floor.See discountsVersailles palace & gardens tour — Hassle-free half-day tour from Paris. Includes roundtrip coach transfers, professional guide, & skip-the-line access.See discountsMontparnasse Tower — Entry ticket to the observation deck.See discountsMoulin Rouge entry ticket with champagne — Evening show admission ticket with 1/2 bottle of champagne + free city bus tour. Get P175 OFF Klook booking with promo code “HOLIYAYDTR” — This is on top of existing discounts on the Klook app & website! Promo ends on December 31, 2018. Valid for first-time PH users & P5,000 minimum spend.Book promo hereTransportSee discountsParis to Colmar train ticketCheap flightsParis flight ticketsOthersCheck priceTravel insurance — Especially important in case a travel insurance is required for the Schengen tourist visa application.See discountsWIFI hotspot/SIM card — Enjoy easy access to online maps, French translation, currency exchange rate & other helpful travel apps.France Itinerary Blog ContentsFrance Trip ChecklistFrance ItineraryFrance BudgetWhere to Stay in ParisWhere to Stay in ColmarFrance Travel TipsSee More Travel Guides & BlogsFrance ItineraryThis sample 5 days and 4 nights (5D4N) France itinerary will take you to many of the top attractions in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe & more. It also includes a day tour to the Palace of Versailles from Paris and a 1-night side trip to Colmar Old Town.Three days in Paris should be enough to cover the main tourist spots. Add more days if you want to enjoy the trip at a relaxed pace, experience more of Paris, or extend to see more places in France.Me and my travel buddy, Gael, actually went to all three places (Paris, Versailles & Colmar) in just 4 days. The trip was doable but the pace was a bit rushed.We chose Colmar because it was one of Gael’s top travel goals, and it was conveniently located near Zurich (Switzerland), our next destination. You can replace Colmar with any of the myriads of beautiful places to visit near Paris.Feel free to tweak the activities & timings based on your traveling style, schedule, & attractions that interest you the most.5 Days France Itinerary – Paris, Versailles & ColmarDay/TimeActivityDay 1Eiffel Tower & Paris tourist spotsFlight to Paris1000 amParis airport arrival1030 amAirport to hotel / Paris city center transfer1130 amParis hotel check-inSee discountsCompare ratesClaim tours + attraction tickets booked online0100 pmStart Paris top attractions half-day tourLouvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre)Arc de TriompheTrocaderoEiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)0630 pmSeine River CruiseRestDay 2Louvre, Montmartre & Moulin Rouge0800 amNotre Dame Cathedral & Sainte-Chapelle0930 amLouvre MuseumLouvre districtOrsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)0230 pmMontmartre & Sacré-Cœur BasilicaMoulin Rouge ShowRestDay 3Versailles and Paris museumsFree time0130 pmArrive at Palace of Versailles tour meeting point0200 pmDepart from ParisPalace of VersaillesGardens of Versailles0600 pmArrive back in ParisMontparnasse TowerRestDay 4Colmar trip from Paris0720 amParis to Colmar Train0940 amArrive at Colmar Train Station1000 amColmar hotel check-inSee discountsCompare rates1030 amStart Colmar walking tourLittle Venice (La Petite Venise) & Colmar CanalColmar Old TownRestDay 5Train to Paris or onward destinationDay 1: Eiffel Tower & Paris tourist spotsFlight to ParisFind cheap flightsTake the earliest flight to Paris to maximize your first day in France.1000 am: Paris airport arrivalThere are three main airports serving Paris:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) — The biggest airport serving most international flights.Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) — Closest to Paris city center.Paris-Beauvais Airport (BVA) — Served mostly by budget airlines. Beauvais Airport is located farthest from Paris city center.In our case, we arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport.1030 am: Airport to hotel / Paris city center transferWe used Uber during our trip but I also recommend pre-booking hassle-free private transfers online or going by train.Getting to Paris city center by train from the airportThe RER B (blue) train line connects Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city center of Paris. This is a good option if you’re looking for a quick and cheap way of getting to your hotel in Paris. Travel time by train takes up to 50 minutes.Navigo Découverte CardGet a “Navigo Découverte Card” at the airport train station. This contactless smart card offers unlimited rides in Paris RER/Metro trains & buses. It can be used for train rides in Paris’ public transport zones 1 to 5. A weekly pass costs EUR 22.80 + EUR 5 one-time fee for the card.Here’s a summary of public transport zones in Paris:Zone 1 to 3 — Central Paris & La Défense.Zone 4 to 5 — Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, Versailles, Disneyland Paris, Fontainebleau.Paris Airport-hotel private car transfers — Enjoy easy transfers to your hotel from the airport (or vice-versa). Travel time by car should take around 40 minutes.See discountsParis Visite CardDesigned for tourists, this smart card offers unlimited travel on Paris’ public transport network, including the metro, buses, and trams. The Paris Visite Card is more expensive compared to the Navigo Card. However, the Navigo Card has timing considerations you need to know when buying. I’ll post more about this in detail later.The conventional way of taking the train is using single-use tickets. The one-way fare from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the stations in Paris city center costs EUR 10.30.1130 am: Paris hotel check-inIdeally, you’d want to stay in a central location near Paris’ top tourist spots. In case you find a nice place to stay that’s farther afield, make sure it’s located near a metro/train station.Paris hotels, hostels & guesthousesCheapest ratesBest reviewsClaim tours + attraction tickets booked onlineCarefully read the “activity info” & “how to use” info of attraction tickets & tours that you pre-booked online.The for activities booked on Klook, the designated claiming area of many activities is PARISCityVISION (2 Rue des Pyramides). Stop by here to confirm your tours and get all the physical tickets. You can find their office near the Louvre Museum, which is a convenient area to start a tour of the city.0100 pm: Start Paris top attractions half-day tourParis Hop-on Hop-off Bus — Book the “Deluxe Tour” with Seine River Cruise, which is inclusive of 2 days HOHO bus pass & Seine River cruise ticket by Bateaux Parisiens. Discount price online is EUR 41.25.See discountsThe discount price of the HOHO bus without the Seine River cruise is EUR 29.70 for the 1-day pass and EUR 33.85 for the 2-day pass.I highly recommended this easy way of getting around Paris. Drop-off/Pick-up points are strategically located near top tourist spots, which means less walking compared to taking the metro trains. PLUS, you can enjoy views on the open-top bus & an audio guide of famous landmarks.Paris Museum Pass — This convenient multi-attraction pass offers unlimited access to over 50 museums in Paris and the surrounding region. The 2 days pass costs EUR 48.See discountsYou will save money by getting the Paris Museum Pass compared to buying individual tickets to museums featured in this itinerary. Not to mention, it’s also a huge time saver. The total cost of individual entry tickets to the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Towers & Arch de Triomphe viewpoint already costs over EUR 50.Louvre Pyramid (Pyramide du Louvre) Marcos at the Louvre Pyramid, in Paris Marcos at the Louvre Pyramid, in ParisEnjoy a quick photo stop at this famous landmark. Remember not to spend too much time here (for now) because we will be visiting again in the next days, including going inside the museum.Arc de Triomphe Arc de Triomphe, in Paris Eiffel Tower view from Arc de Triomphe Paris Skyline and La Defense view from Arc de TriompheClimb up the tower to see panoramic views of the Paris skyline & cityscape. From the top, don’t miss the view facing the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées shopping street & La Defense skyline.Access to the Arc de Triomphe rooftop is included in the Paris Museum Pass. Check below if you want to book separatelyArc de Triomphe rooftop access skip-the-line-ticketSee discountsTrocadero Marcos with the Eiffel Tower view from Trocadero, in ParisRedeveloped for the Exposition Internationale of 1937, this complex of buildings and gardens is very popular on Instagram because of its beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower.Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) Eiffel Tower view from Seine River Eiffel TowerI’m sure this one needs no introduction. While the sun is out, see the panoramic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower.Eiffel Tower skip-the-line entry ticket — Get this fast-track entry ticket with access to the glass elevator that connects the 2nd-floor view deck to the 276-meter summit.See discountsSee moreBefore sunset, you’d want to head out to a good spot where you can enjoy a romantic view of the Eiffel Tower under the golden and twilight hours.The best views can be seen from Trocadero, on a Seine River Cruise, at the top of Montparnasse Tower, or from Champs de Mars (picnic park/green space).After sunset, you’ll see the Eiffel Tower sparkle! This spectacular show is scheduled for 5 minutes every hour, on the hour until 1 or 2 am.0630 pm: Seine River Cruise Seine River cruise, in ParisCap your first day with a relaxing cruise along the Seine River. The best time to do this is right before sunset or at night when you can enjoy a (literally) lit view of Paris’ famous buildings.A Seine River cruise is included in the “Deluxe Tour” of this package. You can also check the links below for more options including drinks, snacks or a dinner cruise.Seine River sightseeing cruise with optional champagne or snacksSee discountsSeine River dinner cruiseSee discountsSee moreDay 2: Louvre, Montmartre & Moulin Rouge0800 am: Notre Dame Cathedral & Sainte-Chapelle Notre Dame Cathedral, in ParisStart early at Notre Dame Cathedral to avoid the bigger crowds later in the day. Explore the interiors of the church and go up the tower of this world’s most famous Gothic cathedral. Nearby, you can find Sainte-Chapelle, especially known for its beautiful stained glass windows.Access to Sainte-Chapelle and the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral is included in the Paris Museum Pass. Check below if you want to book separately:Skip-the-Line Notre-Dame Towers & Sainte-Chapelle TourSee discounts0930 am: Louvre Museum Louvre Museum ceiling paitings and sculptural details Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum Louvre Museum architectureIf you’re an art lover, this is definitely going to be the highlight of your Paris trip!Don’t miss these Louvre highlights: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (painting), Winged Victory of Samothrace (sculpture), Venus de Milo (sculpture), Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People (painting), Michelangelo’s The Dying Slave and The Rebellious Slave (sculpture), Lamassus (Sculpture) & Hammurabi’s Code to name a few.The Louvre museum is the largest art museum in the World and it takes days to explore all the galleries & exhibits. For a casual visit, however, 2 to 3 hours is recommeneded. This way, you’d have time to fit more museums/attractions in your Paris trip.Entry to The Louvre Museum is included in the Paris Museum Pass. Check below if you want to book separately:The Louvre skip-the-Line admission ticket with audio guideSee discountsLouvre district Louvre borough, in Paris Louvre borough, in Paris Confit Conard (duck) at Bistrot VictoiresThe area surrounding the Louvre is a good place to wander around on foot. It’s an old part of Paris, so you’re going to find lots of buildings built in different French/European architectural styles, historical sites, as well as shopping and dining spots.If you’re looking for an affordable French restaurant, we found this place called Bistrot Victoires (6 Rue de la Vrillière). It is one of the top-rated places to eat in the area. The Confit Conard (Duck Confit) is one of their best sellers.Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)Cross the Seine River & visit the Orsay Museum. Housed in a stunning (former) railway station building, this museum is where you can find the World’s largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces.Entry to Orsay museum is included in the Paris Museum Pass. Check below if you want to book separately:Orsay museum skip-the-line ticketSee discounts0230 pm: Montmartre & Sacré-Cœur Basilica Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris Montmartre view overlooking ParisMontmartre is primarily known for its history as a haven for artists. The most famous landmark here is the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. Montmartre’s hilly terrain offers nice views overlooking Paris.Moulin Rouge Show Moulin Rouge theatre, in Paris Moulin Rouge show reception, in ParisBefore arriving in Paris, the Moulin Rouge show was honestly not in my list of top things to do. While I was watching the show though, I was taken aback with how much I truly appreciated the experience … considering the history and legacy of the Moulin Rouge. If you have the chance, go and watch it. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to watch this show!You’ll need to dress up for the Moulin Rouge show. Formal attire is advised but there are also a lot of people in the audience wearing long-sleeved shirts, slacks & smart shoes. I recommend that you enjoy the show with champagne.Moulin Rouge show with dinner or champagneSee discountsSee moreDay 3: Versailles and Paris museumsFree timeThe major activity today is a half-day trip to Versailles. You can either pick a morning or afternoon schedule for the tour. If you prefer not to start your day so early, pick the afternoon trip and spend the morning however you like.Here are a few suggestions on things to do in Paris during your free time:Continue your Paris city tour.Visit more museums + attractions.Go shopping.Seek out interesting Parisian cafés & restaurants.Explore the catacombs.Have a picnic at Champs de Mars with a view of the Eiffel Tower.Wander through the cool neighborhoods of Paris.Marvel at Paris’ architectural gems.0130 pm: Arrive at Palace of Versailles tour meeting pointThe meeting point of this tour (see link below) is conveniently located near the Louvre. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time at 2 pm.We thoroughly enjoyed this half-day tour to Versailles, which included roundtrip transfers, a professional guide, and most importantly, skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles & gardens. They hand out individual headsets, so you can hear audio commentary from the guide while you’re busy taking Insta snaps.Palace of Versailles & gardens guided tour + transport from ParisSee discounts0200 pm: Depart from ParisPalace of Versailles Marcos at the Palace of Versailles Bed chamber at the Palace of Versailles Ceiling paintings and decor at the Palace of Versailles Palace of Versailles near Paris, FranceThis was definitely my #1 travel goal in France and it did not disappoint. The royal rooms and halls were impressive! We would have missed a lot of interesting facts & details had we not gone on the guided tour.Gardens of Versailles Gardens of Versailles, near Paris Gardens of Versailles, near Paris Gardens of Versailles, near ParisAfter the guided tour, enjoy some free time to roam around the palace and the gardens on your own.0600 pm: Arrive back in ParisMontparnasse Tower Eiffel Tower and Paris Skyline view from Montparnasse Tower Paris Skyline view from Montparnasse TowerThe highlight here is the amazing view of The Eiffel Tower. The best time to go is before, during, and just after sunset. The entrance fee costs EUR 18 per adult.Montparnasse Tower observation deck admission ticketSee discountsDay 4: Colmar trip from Paris0720 am: Paris to Colmar TrainArrive at the train station at least 30 minutes before departure. If it is your first time to travel by train in France, allot a longer allowance, especially if you plan to book your ticket at the station.Trains to Colmar usually depart from Paris at Gare de l’Est station. Travel time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes on direct high-speed trains. Pre-book your train ticket online (well ahead of your travel date) to grab cheaper fares. The train fare is usually around EUR 50 for tickets booked in advance and could go up to EUR 100+ on the day of departure.Paris to Colmar train tickets & scheduleSee discounts0940 am: Arrive at Colmar Train Station Colmar train station, FranceThe main train station in Colmar (Gare de Colmar) is conveniently located just outside the Old Town. Walking distance is around 15 minutes.1000 am: Colmar hotel check-inBook a room in Colmar City Center or near the train station. There many places to stay within easy walking distance to the main tourist spots in Colmar Old Town.Colmar hotels & hostelsCheapest ratesBest reviews1030 am: Start Colmar walking tourLittle Venice (La Petite Venise) & Colmar Canal Marcos at Little Venice, in Colmar Little Venice, in Colmar Colmar Canal and Little Venice, in ColmarOur favorite spot in Colmar! Little Venice (La Petite Venise) is where you can find pretty houses lined on both sides of the canal. We went here early morning on our second day and enjoyed the whole place all to ourselves.Colmar Old Town St. Martin’s Church in Colmar, France Colmar Old Town, in France Colmar Old Town, in France Colmar Old Town, in France Pastries at Colmar Old TownColmar Old Town was compact and filled with lots of beautiful centuries-old buildings. The place looked like it could pop right off a storybook. It’s not hard to imagine being transported in the charming village location of Beauty and the Beast.Colmar is a lovely place to get lost in. It’s a small and very walkable. You could see the main highlights in half a day. Make sure to get your fill at the many streetside pastry shops and cafes.Day 5: Train to Paris or onward destinationYou have lots of options on what to do next: (1) Continue your walking tour of Colmar, (2) take the train back to Paris or (3) move on to a huge list of other places to visit in the surrounding region.France BudgetTransport expenses breakdownEUR 5Navigo card — One-time Navigo card cost.EUR 22.8Navigo 1 week pass — Unlimited rides on Paris Metro trains & buses. Covers Zones 1 to 5, which includes Central Paris, CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Versailles & Disneyland.EUR 100Paris to Colmar train ticket — Roundtrip Per person low fare for tickets pre-booked well ahead of the travel date. EUR 50 one-way ticket fare + return trip.Pre-book hereActivities/attraction costs breakdownEUR 41.25Paris hop-on hop-off bus + Seine River cruise — Per person discount price online. Includes 2 days unlimited bus pass and a 1-hr Seine River cruise ticket by Bateaux Parisiens.Book discount hereEUR 48Paris Museum Pass — Per person price online. Includes 2 days unlimited access to over 50 museums in Paris and the surrounding region.Pre-book hereEUR 36.9Eiffel Tower skip-the-line entry ticket — Per person discount price online. Includes priority entry to the 2nd and summit level of the Eiffel Tower.Book discount hereEUR 77.65Versailles & gardens tour — Per person discount price online. Includes roundtrip transfers from Paris, a professional guide, & skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles & gardens.Book discount hereEUR 18Montparnasse Tower observation deck admission ticket — Per person entrance fee price online.Pre-book hereEUR 125Moulin Rouge entry ticket with champagne — Per person admission ticket discount price online for the 9:00 pm show with 1/2 bottle of champagne. Includes free city bus tour.Book discount hereBudget Trip – Two people sharing expensesEUR 127.8Transport — Navigo 1 week pass + Paris-Colmar train tickets.EUR 150Accommodations — EUR 75 per room per night (average price) in a budget hotel/hostel. 3 nights in Paris + 1 night in Colmar. Two people sharing the cost.EUR 200Food — EUR 40 food budget per day (inexpensive meals) x 5 daysEUR 346.8Activities — Includes admission tickets/entrance fees on selected activities above.EUR 824.6Total — Including 5 days expenses above. Excludes flights to France, tourist visa costs, travel insurance & personal expenses. Approx. PHP 49,476 / SGD 1,295 / USD 932.The daily budget is PHP 9,895 / SGD 259 / USD 186.Other expensesEUR 25.3France Travel Insurance — World Nomads ‘Standard Plan’ base policy price per person, for a 5 day trip in France, for Philippine residents. Click below to see the price for your country/trip length.Book hereFrance WIFI hotspot/SIM card — Enjoy easy access to online maps, French translation, currency exchange rate & other helpful travel apps.Book discount hereWhere to Stay in ParisStay in a central location near Paris’ top tourist spots. In case you find a nice place to stay that’s farther afield, make sure it’s located near a metro/train station.Check discountsSee moreClick below to compare rates and Paris hotel reviews within your budget.Best Luxury Hotels in Paris — Splurge at the best 5-star and 4-star hotels in Paris.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 180Promo rates on 4-Star & 5-Star Paris hotels — Grab discounts on luxury rooms available for booking today.See discountsUnder EUR 130Recommended 3-Star Paris hotels & mid-range accommodations — Great-value rooms for couples or when traveling with family & friends.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 80Best Paris budget hotels — For travelers looking for decent yet affordable accommodations.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 50Best Paris hostels & budget hotels — affordable places to stay for backpackers/solo travelers.See rates & reviewsFrom EUR 15Cheapest places to stay in ParisSee rates & reviewsWhere to bookBook your room through these trusted booking sites. I use them frequently to grab rock-bottom prices & enjoy convenient bookings. Click below to confirm the lowest prices:Booking.comAirbnbAgodaBook sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.Where to Stay in ColmarBook a room in Colmar City Center or near the train station. There many places to stay within easy walking distance to the main tourist spots in Colmar Old Town.Check discountsSee moreClick below to compare rates and Colmar hotel reviews within your budget.Best Luxury Hotels in Colmar — Splurge at the best 5-star and 4-star hotels in Colmar.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 120Promo rates on 4-Star & 5-Star Colmar hotels — Grab discounts on luxury rooms available for booking today.See discountsUnder EUR 80Recommended 3-Star Colmar hotels & mid-range accommodations — Great-value rooms for couples or when traveling with family & friends.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 60Best Colmar budget hotels — For travelers looking for decent yet affordable accommodations.See rates & reviewsUnder EUR 40Best Colmar hostels & budget hotels — affordable places to stay for backpackers/solo travelers.See rates & reviewsFrom EUR 35Cheapest places to stay in ColmarSee rates & reviewsFrance Travel Tips Before You GoHow much does the train cost from the airport to Paris city center?Paris Metro cards and train ticket faresParis transport zonesShould I get a Navigo card or a Paris Visite card?Pre-book your France tours & attraction tickets onlineShould I book my France hotel online?How much does the train cost from the airport to Paris city center?The one-way fare from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city center costs EUR 10.30 using a single-use ticket. From Orly Airport, the one-way fare is EUR 8.30. There are no direct trains from Beauvais Airport to the city center. The one-way shuttle bus fare from Beauvais Airport to the city center is EUR 17.Paris Metro cards and train ticket faresFor convenient train rides on the Paris Metro train lines (Central Paris) and the RER train lines (greater Paris/Île-de-France area), consider a “Navigo” or “Paris Visite” metro card instead of buying individual train tickets. These contactless smart cards are time and money savers, especially if you plan to travel often by train.Here is a summary of Paris metro cards and train ticket fares:Navigo Découverte card — Offers unlimited rides on Paris Metro/RER public transport network. This electronic smart card is sold as a weekly or monthly pass. In addition, you can choose a “two zones” coverage (if you’re traveling within Central Paris only, for example) or the “five zones” coverage that includes trains to CDG Airport, Versailles, Disneyland & the greater Paris area. The Navigo card cannot be used on trains to/from Orly Airport.Paris Visite card — Similar to the Navigo Card, it also offers unlimited rides on the Paris Metro/RER public transport network. Designed for tourists, this electronic smart card is sold as a 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day or 5-day pass. In addition, you can choose a “three zones” coverage for Central Paris or a “five zones” coverage for the greater Paris area. The Paris Visite card is valid for trains to/from Orly Airport.Mobilis day pass — A one-day travel pass (magnetic ticket) that allows unlimited travel in your choice of selected zones, or all zones.Single-use tickets — One-way/point-to-point tickets. The train fare is EUR 1.90 for single journey tickets called “t+ tickets” valid within Central Paris.Paris transport zonesHere’s a summary of notable places covered by public transport zones in Paris:Zone 1 to 3 — Central Paris & La Défense.Zone 4 — Versailles & Orly Airport.Zone 5 — Charles de Gaulle Airport, Disneyland Paris & FontainebleauShould I get a Navigo card or a Paris Visite card?The Navigo card is a much cheaper option compared to the Paris Visite card. The Navigo card, however, has some timing considerations you need to know.On a 5-day trip to Paris, I recommend that you get a Navigo weekly pass if you arrive in Paris on a Monday up to Thursday. If you are arriving on Friday or on a weekend, I suggest you get the Paris Visite card covering zones 1-3 (for Central Paris) and buy the airport train tickets individually. You can easily get these cards at the airport train stations.The Navigo weekly pass is sold on a per week basis. Meaning, you can only buy the pass valid for the current week if you arrive in Paris on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The validity ends on Sunday. If you arrive and purchase the Navigo card on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it will be valid for the next week (starting next Monday) so, you’ll need to purchase separate passes/tickets to use for the current weekend.Here’s a comparison of costs for your reference:Total costCost per dayNavigo card1-week pass covering zones 1-5EUR 27.8EUR 5.56Paris Visite card – Three Zones Pass5-days pass coveringEUR 38.35EUR 7.673-days pass coveringEUR 26.65EUR 8.892-days pass coveringEUR 19.50EUR 9.75Paris Visite card – Five Zones Pass5-days pass coveringEUR 65.80EUR 13.163-days pass coveringEUR 53.75EUR 17.912-days pass coveringEUR 38.35EUR 19.18Mobilis 1-day passCovering zones 1-2EUR 7.50Covering zones 1-5EUR 17.80Central Paris-CDG Airport one-way ticketEUR 10.30Pre-book your France tours & attraction tickets onlineI often book online to enjoy discounts and cashless convenience during my actual trip. Always check prices of tours and attraction tickets on these booking sites:KlookGetYourGuidePrices are often cheaper than booking on-site. Huge discounts on many activities.Maximize your trip! Avoid wasting time queueing at ticket booths & shopping for tours.Get a good idea what to expect. Knowing all the inclusions/non-inclusions & reading user reviews is very helpful to make an informed decision.Earn rewards points for every booking.Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies.If you’re booking tours and you’ve already finalized your travel dates, book early, especially if you are traveling with family/friends to lock-in those open slots for everyone in your group.Here’s an exclusive Detourista discount for youEnjoy an additional P175 OFF on Klook with promo code “HOLIYAYDTR“. This is on top of existing discounts on the Klook website and mobile app! 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