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paris FAQs

1. What is the time difference between India and Paris?
Paris is 3 hours 30 minutes behind India.

2. Where is Paris located?
Paris is located in north central France, Europe.

3. What is the best way to travel to Paris?
The best way to travel from India to Paris is by flight. The journey takes a little more than 10 hours on non-stop flights such as Air France.

4. Is it a safe destination?
Paris is a safe city and there are very few incidents of crime. Nevertheless, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and follow common sense and adhere to safety tips to ensure you have a stress-free trip.

5. What are the popular places to see here?
Some of the must-see things in Paris include the famous sights such as Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Galeries Lafayette, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries to name a few. Paris is full of historical landmarks as well such as Place de la Bastille and Place de la Concorde.

6. What are the drinking laws?
The legal age for drinking alcohol in Paris is 18.

7. What is the currency used in Paris?
Paris uses Euro as its currency. You can however use credit cards in almost all the restaurants, bars or cafés. It’s still a better idea to get a Thomas Cook Travel Prepaid Card as it is a secure way of carrying money and we are of the most trusted foreign exchange partners in the world.

8. Will I get WiFi connectivity? Can I buy a local sim card there?
Paris offers free WiFi in more than 260 public places. It is offered by Ville de Paris and the Île-de-France region and has excellent high speed network. It’s also possible to buy a prepaid sim and mobile service providers like Orange, SFR, Free Mobile and Bouygues Telecom offer prepaid sim cards for tourists.

9. What kind of food will we get there? What about Indian food or even vegetarian options?
Paris is a delight for foodies. There are bistros, cafés, brasseries, wine bars and even food markets where you can enjoy a variety of tasty and delicious Parisienne fare. There are several Indian restaurants in Paris where you can enjoy a taste of home. Samsara has an affordable menu while Au Palais du Grand Moghol will transport you back to the luxurious havelis of India. There are several vegetarian options on most menus and there are exceptions for vegans as well. 

10. What are the local travel options here? Can we use Uber there?
Paris’s transport system is rather well-developed. While Uber is not used that often, there are local taxis with fixed rates, but the bus and metro are quite extensive and can be used quite easily by tourists. It’s a good idea to buy a prepaid travel card which can be used in the buses and metros.

11. What are some of the things to do here?
Paris has some amazing sights that should simply not be missed - from gorgeous museums and galleries to famed tourist spots such as the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe to name a few. The Louvre, which is the world’s largest museum and has some of the best art collection in the world, is also in Paris.  

12. Are we expected to tip here?
When it comes to tipping, taxis have fixed fares, but if you’re on a long journey, you can round up the fare. Porters expect to be tipped for their work and in restaurants, although there’s a service charge, a 5 to 10% of the bill is also welcome.

13. What is it like to travel to Paris with infants, children and elderly?
Paris is very child-friendly and there are plenty of places that you can visit with children in tow. There are several activities that are perfect for them here, be it at the museums or the art galleries. There are animal shows and zoos as well, which are bound to fascinate the little ones. Of course, the biggest draw for children to Paris would be Disneyland which is 32kms east of Paris.
As for the elderly, especially those with mobility issues, taking the bus is a better idea than the metro. Wheelchairs are available at most attractions. There’s much to enjoy in Paris for the elderly, even if they are not able to move around with ease.

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