Solo Travel In Paris: Tips, Ideas & Itinerary For Visiting Paris Alone In 2024

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Paris is an exciting city, drawing many travellers – and it’s also a great place for solo travel. Don’t be fooled by the idea that Paris is only for romantic trips: check out this solo travel Paris guide for all the information you need about exploring Paris alone.

I’ve made nine solo trips to Paris since the pandemic, so I have a lot of relevant, recent expertise to share! In this guide, I’ll cover FAQs about visiting Paris alone, tips for solo travel in Paris, things to do in Paris alone (including at night) and a suggested solo trip to Paris itinerary. I also have some practical information about planning and executing a trip. Yes, all that is in this one article!

There’s plenty of information in this guide, so do use the table of contents if you want to skip to the section you’re most interested in. And maybe grab a cup of tea or coffee for this one – there’s a lot to get stuck into!

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Table of Contents

Why Take A Solo Paris Trip?

I guess I should break this question down.

First, why travel solo? Well, I won’t be the first to advocate for solo travel, nor the last. It’s not really a niche activity (if it ever was) and in my opinion, there are lots of reasons to travel solo, including the freedom it gives you to do exactly what you want when you want to – all on your own terms.

Second, why travel solo in Paris? Well, you can solo travel anywhere, so why not? Paris is a major travel destination, a global city with many attractions and charms. There’s no reason not to go there as a solo traveller. In my opinion, travelling solo in Paris is great because I love vibrant cities and Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world.

That said, there are some things to be aware of and to consider when travelling solo in Paris.

cream buildings and blue-gray rooftops with the eiffel tower in the distance
Paris rooftops – seen on my first solo trip to Paris

FAQs & Things To Know Before Visiting Paris Alone

Relevant Facts About Paris

If you’re considering your first visit to Paris as a solo traveller, it’s worth bearing in mind a few facts:

  • Paris is a big city: 2 million people live in the City of Paris, with approximately 12 million in the greater metropolitan area
  • There are lots of tourists in Paris: around 44 million people visit Paris each year. This means Paris can feel busy! It is also one of the reasons Paris is not cheap. With so much demand for what Paris has to offer and lots of things to do and see, ticket prices can be high.
  • Paris has a lot of diversity. Some of it is good (in my opinion), eg a racially diverse population. But some of it is bad, eg pronounced inequality: there are rich people who live luxurious lives and there are very poor people, including those sleeping rough under bridges and in doorways, which is tough to see.  

Is Traveling To Paris Alone A Good Idea?

I guess a lot of people think of Paris as a romantic destination, somewhere to go with a partner. You might think of having a kiss at the top of the Eiffel tower or strolling with your lover down cobbled lanes – and these truly are lovely things to do.

However, I have travelled there as a solo traveller many times recently.  I have had a really good time on every one of those trips, and I didn’t feel sad that I was there by myself, nor did I feel like I was missing out. As I said in my post about Paris Syndrome, not everything that happens in Paris is romantic. There are plenty of non-romantic things to do, so there’s no reason not to go to Paris alone.

wrought iron bridge with a domed building on the far side
Pont des Arts, Paris

Is Paris Safe For Solo Female Travellers?

The question about safety is always relative and often subjective, so I couldn’t say that Paris is guaranteed to be safe. There are some people who may try to take advantage of you in Paris – there’s no doubt about that.

When I was comparing Paris vs Barcelona, I looked at Numbeo’s crime index, which confirms crime is something to be aware of in Paris, as it is in many big cities.

However, over the course of my many visits to Paris, of which nine have been as a solo female, I haven’t experienced any major issues, like assault or theft. I have experienced attempted scams (more on the one I experienced later) and unwanted attention, but it didn’t escalate into anything bad.

Is Paris Good for First-Time Solo Female Travelers?

The honest answer to this question is that it depends on you. If you’re pretty confident, I say go for it. As I said, I’ve never had any problems there as a solo female traveller and I’ve had a brilliant time every visit.

However, if the idea of being alone in a big bustling city for your first solo trip makes you a little nervous, you might want to try somewhere ‘easier’ first.

I chose a smaller, calmer city for my first time travelling solo. I went to Budapest in Hungary, which was a good way to ease myself into travelling solo. I’ve also done solo trips to other smaller European cities, like Ljubljana, Krakow and Lisbon.  I don’t think there’s any shame in taking baby steps into solo travel and building up your confidence before tackling a bigger city like Paris.

13 Essential Solo Travel Paris Tips

Before I get into things to do in Paris alone and my suggestion for a solo Paris itinerary, let me share some solo Paris tips.

1. Be Prepared For Solo Dining

Dining out alone in Paris is completely fine – I do it most nights I’m in Paris on a solo trip. And casual places like cafe-bars, bistros and creperies have never presented a problem for me.

However, nice restaurants in Paris tend to be small, with a limited number of tables, and I’ve found some don’t want to give solo diners a table for two to themselves. Some do – so this isn’t a hard and fast rule. But it’s happened often enough to me personally that I think it’s worth giving you a heads up.

With limited tables, some places don’t even take reservations for parties of one, and some, if you turn up alone as a walk-in, will offer you a non-standard seat. Sometimes they offer a seat at the bar, which I’m normally perfectly happy with. I quite like sitting at the bar, so long as it’s not too cramped. It can be better than sitting elbow to elbow with strangers, which is how it is in some Parisian restaurants.

plate of food and glass of wine on a bar counter in a restaurant
Solo dining in Paris: at the bar

However, sometimes, restaurants offer solo diners a rather awkward seat.

The first time this happened, I took the seat and regretted it. It was a standard height seat at a standard-height table but right next to the bar. My view of the kitchen door wasn’t great, but far worse was that my head was next to and roughly at the same height as the bar and the till. As the staff were making drinks, clanging crockery around and ringing through bills, I heard it all, loudly, right next to my head. The food at the restaurant was great, but the experience for me was awful. I skipped dessert and left asap.

The second time, I was offered a standard height seat next to the bar. I am not sure how i could eat with the counter so much higher than the chair – so I said ‘no, thanks’ and left.

Knowing this in advance helps prepare you just in case it happens, I think. And my tip is to remember you can always decline the table and go elsewhere – there are always other options for food in Paris!

Oh, and the other thing you should know about dining in Paris, whether alone or not, is that you will probably have to ask for the bill at the end. Generally speaking, the wait staff don’t hurry customers out, and if you wait for them to bring the bill, you could be waiting a long time.

2. Learn Some French!

It’s a good idea to learn some basic phrases in the language of whatever country you travel to. However, I’d say that in France, more than in other European countries, it is especially important. It’s not that no one will speak English in Paris (many will, especially in restaurants and hotels) – it’s that there can be a resentment of being expected to speak English while in France.

The only time I’ve had a waiter be rude to me in France was when I asked for something in English – and I couldn’t blame him for being annoyed. I would be too, if someone came to my workplace in the UK and expected me to take requests in French!

This is a valid tip for all visitors to Paris, and there’s no avoiding it as a solo traveller, because you have no fellow travellers to help you out – it’s all on you.

If you learn the basics of French like please, thank you, etc, that will help a lot. And you could also learn to politely ask if they speak English (parlez-vous anglaise?), which, if the answer is yes, will help you switch to English in a more polite way.

However, it’s also really important for you to start any conversation with someone with bonjour (or bonsoir, if it’s evening). Saying ‘excuse me’, even in French, is very polite in English-speaking places, but it won’t be as well received if you don’t say bonjour first. So wish them good day (bonjour) before saying or asking for anything else.

ornate multi-story atrium with luxury brands on sale on the ground floor
Galeries Lafayette: if you need help from someone in a shop, greet them with bonjour

3. Consider Your Limits with Alcohol

If you like the idea of tasting some French wine while you’re in Paris – or any kind of alcohol or intoxicating substance for that matter, as a solo traveller, I suggest you consider what is the right amount to consume ahead in advance.

I do drink alcohol, including when I travel solo. However, I know that if I have a few drinks, I could lose track of my surroundings and be less cautious. For me, I stick to a two-drink maximum when travelling solo. If this sounds like it could be a good thing for you to do, think about what your limit should be.

4. Be Careful In The Streets

I love strolling the many beautiful streets in Paris. However, like many big cities with unequal wealth that attract tourists, there may be pickpockets amongst the crowds. The biggest risk is in busy places around the main sights, such as the base of the Eiffel Tower, in the front of the Sacre-Coeur, around the Louvre and outside stations like Gare du Nord.

As a solo traveller, you don’t have anyone with you to keep an eye on you, so while you can enjoy the sights of Paris, stay aware of your surroundings and keep hold of your belongings. I tend to use a backpack for my camera so that it’s out of sight when I’m not using it. And I have a cross-body handbag that can’t be grabbed off my shoulders.

In fact, I have an anti-theft bag by Travelon. It has features like slash-proof fabric, so no one can simply cut your bag open to grab your stuff, and lockable zips so that they can’t be surreptitiously opened without you noticing.

Oh, and it should go without saying, don’t wander around talking on the phone or even with your phone in your hand. Keep your phone and valuables in a closed pocket. When you need it to look something up or take a photo, stop and check your environment and who’s around you first.

5. Familiarize Yourself With The Area You’re Exploring

I’m a big fan of exploring city streets without a necessarily fixed route in mind, giving myself the freedom to go down streets that look interesting. Paris is a city that rewards wandering.

cobbled passageway with green trees, a parked motorcycle and a vintage shop in paris
A cute passage I stumbled on when exploring on a recent solo Paris trip

However, it is still sensible to work out where you are and to keep track of the direction you’re going in, so you don’t get actually lost or to stray into a less savoury area. For example, walking around Montmartre is lovely – but if you wander down the hill you could end up on Boulevard Clichy, which is far less pleasant, in my experience.

Also, keep your phone battery charged and consider carrying a portable battery pack to be able to top your phone up if you need it.

6. Use The Metro

You don’t have to use the Metro (Paris’s underground train network) to get around – there are other options, like walking or taxis. However, the Metro is useful because Paris is a large city with spread-out attractions, and the Metro is cheaper (and sometimes quicker) than using taxis all the time.

The Metro could possibly be daunting at first – there are lots of different lines in all different directions, and you might not be familiar with the names of the stops.

However, if you take a moment before you start your journey, and use one of the maps at the station (or on the metro website here) you will be able to work it out.  What you need to know is:

  • The station you’re starting from and getting off at
  • With this, you can see whether one line will take you all the way, or whether you will need to change lines (and where).
  • For every leg of the journey, as well as the stop you get off, you need to know the final destination of the line you’re on – because this is how the stations signpost which direction the train is going in. They won’t say ‘uptown’, or ‘westwards’ or anything like that.

So, for example, if you want to go from the Louvre to the Arc De Triomphe, it’s a simple journey on line 1 from Palais-Royal – Musee du Louvre station to Charles de Gaulle – Etoile station. However, when you get on at Palais-Royal – Musee du Louvre station, you need to choose the 1 line train in the direction of La Defense.

green art nouveau style entrance to the Paris Metro
The Metro

Metro tickets can be bought as a single for €2.15 or if you plan to use it regularly, you can make savings by buying a pass. For example, the Visite Pass lasts for longer, eg 2 days. However, know that these are based on the days, not the hours.  So, a two-day pass will be valid the day you buy it and the next day, but not for 48 hours from when you buy it (I found this out the hard way!).

7. Use City Mapper App To Plan Routes

A navigation app I use a lot when travelling in Paris is CityMapper. It’s a free app available on Apple and Android that lets you plan a route across Paris (and many other cities around the world) via public transport and walking. If you know where you’re heading to, it will give you a full end-to-end journey plan from where you are (or another location if you’re planning the route for later), including how to walk to the bus or metro station, any connections/changes you need, and how long it will take. 

It even flags if there are delays on the trains – but I have found sometimes the info on the details of engineering works etc is in French, so not as helpful.  But most of the time, this isn’t the case, and the app is super helpful.

CityMapper is better than GoogleMaps for route-planning, in my opinion, but if GoogleMaps is your preference, consider downloading the area of Paris you’ll be in, so that you have easy access to navigation even if you don’t have a signal.

8. Avoid Known Scams

There are several scams that are common in Paris. I’ve had near misses with some of them as a solo traveller in Paris – it is possible, if you know the signs to look out for.

Taxi Scam

This is a scam I encountered recently in Paris. I arrived at Gare Du Nord on the Eurostar and queued for a taxi at the official taxi rank. When I got in my taxi, the driver said the charge was a fixed charge: €100 for any destination in the central zone, he waved a laminated price card in front of me, saying it was something to do with a strike.

If I had not used taxis in Paris quite a lot before, I might have accepted what he said (even though I’m sure I would have thought that was expensive!). However, I’ve taken taxis around the city quite a lot, and I was confident that the journey I was taking should have been about €10-15 using the taxi meter, which is the normal way to charge for a taxi. There are some fixed rates for airports, but not around the city.

He was asking for so much more than the standard rate, and the ‘price card’ looked very dodgy – so I felt like I was being deliberately ripped off.  I said no, I would not pay that, and the driver pulled over so that I could get out. I then pulled out my City Mapper app, and realised I could get to my destination via Metro in about as long as I estimated the taxi to take, so I did the journey for a couple of euros instead.

Overall, if you’re ever in doubt, just be ready to say no and get out. And don’t take taxis from touts that operate outside stations.

To find a legitimate taxi, look for cars with a ‘TAXI Parisien’ light on top. A common taxi company is G7, so you will probably see cars with this branding. Legit taxis operate from taxi ranks in some areas and you can also hail them from the street. They operate on a meter and many take cards, but it’s worth checking before you get in. Uber also operates in Paris – and I’ve used them a few times without problems.

The ‘Gift’ You Have To Pay For

There are some scams that include people seeming to give you something, such as a rose or a friendship bracelet, and then demanding payment. Alternatively, they might be using the exchange as a distraction so that someone else can pickpocket you. From what I’ve heard, around the friendship bracelet scam is common around Sacré-Coeur.

Just don’t accept anything from anyone in the street and you should be fine.

white domes of the Sacre-Coeur in Paris
Sacré-Coeur, one of several spots where scammers can loiter

The Spilled Change / Clear Cup Scam

I haven’t experienced this myself, but some other travel bloggers I know have reported people who are begging for money deliberately spilling their cup of coins as someone walks by – to make them feel bad, so they give some money themselves.  It might be the person begging uses a clear cup placed on the pavement, making it hard for passers by to see it – which is why they accidentally kick it.

It’s your choice about whether you give to anyone begging. But if you watch where you step and look out for clear cups, there can be no mistake about whether you knock any over – then you can’t be guilt-tripped into giving.

The Petition Scam

This is possibly the most common scam in Paris! I was once approached for this one about five times in one morning.

What happens is someone (or a pair of people) ask you to sign a petition about some cause. I’ve noticed this most often around the Louvre and Pont des Arts, but I’ve heard it happens elsewhere, too.

The person might approach you with urgency, so it could feel like it’s important to listen to what they’re saying. However, this is part of the scam. The petition is a ruse: it’s either a pretense to request money or a way to distract you so someone else can pick your pockets.

Just decline firmly and walk away. After all, what good is the signature of a tourist in Paris to any important French issue?

9. Pick The Right Area To Stay

Paris has lots of lovely areas in which you can stay. Based on my experience, there are a few areas I would avoid:

  • close to Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est and Republique – these areas are a bit run down and there are often men hanging around street corners in big groups, which always makes me wary as a female solo traveller.
  • around Boulevard Clichy and Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, which have historically been red-light districts and remain somewhat seedy, in my opinion.

Also, I think Belleville and Menilmontante are acquired tastes: it’s quite nice around Jordaan, but further south and west you can find pretty scruffy, ropey parts.

Some areas I have liked as a solo traveller in Paris include:

  • the 6th arrondissement, especially the middle – south of the bar streets of Saint-Germain, just to the west of Luxembourg Gardens. It’s central, well-connected, but not too lairy.
  • Batignolles is a new-ish discovery for me. Out in the 17th arrondissement, things feel less touristy. There’s a nice community feel, with great food places and cocktail bars. It’s often a little cheaper to stay here, too.
  • the 9th arrondissement is pretty central, making it easy to get to most places in Paris – but it’s often not as expensive as the 1st, 2nd or 4th arrondissements.
  • Montmartre is, of course, very popular for good reason: it retains a quaint villagey feel. Lots of steep streets, though!
  • the buzzy areas around the Bastille are fairly affordable, with lots of cafes and bars, and also easy to get into central Paris.
cobbled street curves uphill towards a pink building and the towers of the sacre-coeur in montmartre
Rue de l’Abreuvoir, Montmartre

10. Stay In A Hotel Vs Airbnb

This is not a hard recommendation so much as a suggestion.

When I travel solo, I tend to stay in hotels, rather than hostels or Airbnb. I personally avoid hostels in general because I like my privacy and I can’t handle the grime that many seem to have. 

I would use Airbnb for other types of travel (with my husband or friends), and I have used Airbnb in Paris solo (for longer stays, where it’s often more affordable). However, I tend to avoid Airbnb when I travel solo because I prefer the security of a hotel. I like knowing there’s more between me and the city than one locked door, and having a manned reception is a reassurance.

Now, I know not all solo travellers, nor even solo female travellers do this – but this is my preference. Maybe just consider it something to think about.

11. Buy Travel Insurance

Whenever you travel, it’s a good idea to use travel insurance. Unlike a lot of travel bloggers, I’m not here to sell you any: I’m not an affiliate for any particular brand and I tend to choose mine based on which is the cheapest for the cover I need.

But in general, it’s a good idea to have some insurance that will cover you in case your bags get lost, or your trip gets cancelled and you lose money. I typically pay £120 to cover me for a whole year, for trips of up to 30 days.

12. Make A Note Of The Sunset And Sunrise Times

Make a note of the sunset and sunrise times for the dates you’re in Paris, because then you can plan your activities around them, should you wish to.

For example, in my suggested Paris solo itinerary (below), I put the Arc de Triomphe as a sunset activity. To actually catch the sunset you’ll need to know when it is and book your times tickets to coincide with it (or rather, an hour before it, because that’s the time period that the light starts changing).

ornate black and gold lampstands on a bridge with a gold-domed building behind
Pont Alexandre III at sunrise

13. Don’t Wear a Pink Beret

I’m joking: wear a beret if you want. You do you.

It’s just that it seems to be a thing these days: ladies going to Paris and wearing a pink, orange or red beret. I guess it’s part of the romantic idea of being in Paris. It’s so popular, you can find them on sale in souvenir shops at most of the tourist sights.

The thing is, I think it marks you as a tourist, which could make you more likely to be a target for some of the scams I’ve mentioned. If I see a pink beret-wearer talking, I have noticed, they’re rarely speaking French!  

So, wear a beret – or anything else you want! But just be aware that it might be drawing attention to the fact that you’re a tourist.

Solo Travel Paris: Things To Do Alone In Paris

If you’re planning a solo trip to Paris, you might be wondering what are the best things to do alone in Paris. The truth is, there’s nothing you can do in Paris that you can’t do alone. So the list of things to do alone in Paris is the same as the list would be for anyone travelling as a couple or with friends.

There’s only, I think, one thing I haven’t and wouldn’t do in Paris alone – and that’s row-boating. But that’s just me!

Here are 20 of the best things to do in Paris alone or otherwise – all road-tested by me.

Do The ‘Romantic Things’ Solo

Paris has a romantic image for many people and it might seem like some things to do in Paris are just for couples – but they’re not! I’ve done lots of things which might be thought of as ‘romantic’ while I’ve been travelling in Paris solo. Here are a few of them…

1. Boat Trip Along The Seine

Boat cruises are not just for couples. Taking a river boat tour, such a dinner cruise, or the more causal Batobus, is a great way to see these sights when you’re travelling solo in Paris.

Batobus boat glides on the Seine river in Paris, with grand renaissance-style buildings behind
A Batobus coming into the Notre Dame Batobus Paris stop, by Île de la Cité

Along the Seine, you’ll find some of the best examples of Paris architecture: the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Crossing the river are 37 bridges, including the famous Pont Neuf.  It’s a great way to see the city and I’m a big fan of the Batobus.

2. Stroll The Pretty Streets

The hilltop area of Montmarte is really charming – it has retained a village feel from the days centuries ago when it was a community on the outskirts of Paris. In the early 1900s, Montmartre was at the centre of artistic Paris and was home to artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh.

It’s one of my favourite areas in Paris, despite how busy with tourists it gets. I’ve wandered here on my own often.

Take a self-guided walking tour of Montmartre to explore the cobbled streets, pretty cafes (many of which used to host those famous artists) and viewpoints in this area.

green trees line the pretty steps of Escalaire du Calvaire in Montmartre
Escalaire du Calvaire in Montmartre

3. Eat At A Fancy Restaurant

You don’t need a partner to enjoy some exquisite French cuisine. I’ve splashed out at some nice restaurants during solo travel trips to Paris and didn’t feel at all out of place.

bowl of red soup on a rooftop terrace of a restaurant
Solo dining at Le Georges

The only thing to bear in mind, if you go really fancy and do a tasting menu somewhere nice, is that the service can be timed to allow for conversation during and between courses. I have found that lunch or dinner with 6-7 courses can take hours!

Wander The Landmarks & Museums At Your Own Pace

One of the best things about travelling solo, vs with a partner, friends or anyone else, is the ability to explore on your terms – and at your pace. Here are a few landmarks and museums which, as a solo traveller in Paris, you can explore as quickly or slowly as you like.

4. The Eiffel Tower

The icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower looms over the city and dominates the skyline. Built between 1887 to 1889 for the 1889 World’s Fair, the Eiffel Tower stands 330 meters high and it sparkles (literally) in the night sky.

Why not climb the Eiffel Tower alone, especially if you’re in Paris for the first time – the views from the top are amazing!

And if you don’t fancy the cost and the time of going all the way up, you can still enjoy the views of it from the grounds around the tower and from other viewpoints in the city. 

Eiffel Tower and cherry blossoms in yellow morning light
Eiffel Tower

5. Arc De Triomphe

The Arc De Triomphe stands proud at the junction of 12 avenues. It was built in 1836 to commemorate those who died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It is one of the recognisable landmarks in Paris.

You can admire it from the street, but you can also buy tickets to go inside the arch up to the top. From the terrace, you’ll have panoramic views around Paris, including a great view of the Eiffel Tower. I did this solo and absolutely loved it!

ornate stone Arc de triomphe seen across the cobbles of the road around it in Paris
Arc De Triomphe – a rare view without traffic!

6. Sacre-Coeur

High on the butte of Montmartre sits the Basilica of Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, an elegant white church built in 1914.

The elongated domes are unusual and you can climb up into them for a unique view of Paris. Or you can simply enjoy the view from the gardens out front.  J

white domes of the Sacre-Coeur in Paris

7. Musée du Louvre

One of the best-known museums in the world, the Musée du Louvre has a huge collection of artefacts covering 10,000 years of history – it’s not just about the Mona Lisa!

It will take a lot of time to see everything, but you can pick & choose the collections you’re interested in. And once you’re done with the museum itself, do take a moment to admire the building itself: the main renaissance buildings and the glass pyramid that was added in 1984. Next door is Tuileries Gardens, which is good for a stroll.

Renaissance-style buildings and glass pyramid at the Louvre museum in Paris
The Louvre

8. Musée d’Orsay

Across the river from the Louvre is another world-class museum: the Musée d’Orsay. I loved exploring the collection during a solo trip to Paris last year – I really took my time over the huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

The Musée d’Orsay is a museum where the building is almost as impressive as the collections of art. The building was originally designed to be a train station – which makes sense when you see its cavernous atrium with an arched ceiling and ornate clock.

cavernous interior with arched ceiling and lots of statues at the musee d'orsay in Paris
Musée d’Orsay

9. Musée Carnavalet

If you’re interested in the history of Paris itself, Musée Carnavalet is a great one to visit. This museum is in the heart of the fancy Marais area and its large collection of artefacts tells the story of Paris from antiquity to the current century.

artefacts in a white room at musee carnavalet in paris
Musée Carnavalet

I got a little lost during the convoluted history of the French revolution and the various republics & empires, but I learned a lot from this museum on my most recent solo trip to Paris. They also have many room sets with the décor and furniture typical of the 17th and 18th centuries, but they aren’t really my thing, so I skipped past them.

And, good news for those on a budget: it is free to explore the permanent collection!

10. Notre-Dame de Paris

The heart of old Paris is Île de la Cité the biggest island in the Seine. This part of Paris dates back to the Roman settlement in the 4th Century and it also contains the best remaining examples of gothic architecture – the most impressive of which is, of course, Notre-Dame, which was built in the 12th and 13th centuries.  

Unfortunately, since the fire in 2019, it is not possible to go inside the cathedral, but you can admire it from the outside. You can also see an exhibition about the cathedral’s restoration in the 19th century in the Archaeological Crypt museum, which is underground, with an entrance next to Notre-Dame. This exhibition also has fascinating remains from the Roman town of Lutetia, which existed on the island before Paris (one of the facts about Paris I hadn’t known before).

gothic towers and rose window of the cathedral of notre-dame in paris
Notre-Dame de Paris

11. Sainte-Chapelle

There’s also another gothic church you can visit near to Notre-Dame: Sainte-Chapelle, known for its spectacular stained-glass windows. The church was built in 1248 to house the relic of Christ’s Crown of Thorns.

blue and pink stained glass windows in a gothic chapel with gold trim and chandeliers at sainte-chapelle in paris

If there’s one church in Paris that you go inside, make it this one: the interior is just stunning! The tall colourful windows are really astounding and I also thought the midnight blue ceiling, covered in gold stars was pretty special. I was mesmerised by it.

12. Les Grands Magasins

In the mid-19th century, the covered passages of Paris gave way to grand department stores as the elite’s preferred environments in which to shop. These department stores, or Les Grands Magasins, include Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, BHV Le Marais, La Samaritaine and Printemps.  They can be a great place to explore if you’re in Paris in winter, because you can avoid the elements for a while.

ornate atrium and coloured glass cupola at galleries lafayette in Paris
Galeries Lafayette

My favourite, though, is Galeries Lafayette, which has a captivatingly ornate interior with a colourful glass cupola.  If you’re in Paris at Christmastime, check out their dazzling Christmas decorations in the atrium. 

Galeries Lafayette also has a great view from its top floor terrace, as does Printemps.

13. Palais Garnier

Close to Galeries Lafayette and Printemps is an example of Paris’s ostentatious architecture: Palais Garnier, one of Paris’s Opera Houses, was built at the request of Napoleon III in 1875.

Even if you don’t want to see any opera, I highly recommend a visit to Palais Garner simply to see the grand stairwells and opulent use of gold leaf. The Grand foyer room is really a dazzling spectacle to behold.

ornate painted ceiling with lots of gold leaf embellishment and intricate chandeliers at palais garnier in Paris
The Grand foyer at Palais Garnier

You can book a guided tour or you can buy a self-guided ticket, meaning you can wander around at your own pace, which is what I did.

Walk Where You Want To Walk

One of the annoying things about travelling with other people is having to work out (and possibly negotiate) where you go. Well, if you travel solo in Paris, you get to call all the shots – at every turn, you can go where you want to go. Here are a few good places to wander and explore alone in Paris.

14. Le Marais

Le Marais is a chic, historical area of Paris. Having once been an aristocratic district, it is home to many buildings of historic and architectural importance, including what was once Place Royale, Place des Vosges, and Hotel De Ville, the town hall.

fountain in gardens with handsome red brick buildings behind
Place des Vosges

It is also where you’ll find a lot of small boutiques and art galleries. In my experience, it’s quite a pleasant, untaxing area to wander solo.

15.  The Latin Quarter

On the left bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter is known for its lively atmosphere and narrow cobbled streets. Here you’ll find pretty, Instagram-friendly establishments like the Shakespeare & Company bookshop, Odette cafe and Abbey bookshop.

cute cafe with a black and green rustic shop front on a cobbled street in paris

Rue Mouffetard is a long narrow street that runs through the Latin quarter, offering plenty of atmosphere and great places to eat. It’s probably easier to explore this street alone versus with companions, actually – the pavements are rather narrow!

There are some major landmarks in the Latin quarter, including the Pantheon – a massive church that houses the remains of Victor Hugo, and the Sorbonne University, which dates back to the 13th century.

16. Saint-Germain-des-Prés

This left bank neighbourhood is located around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which was once the crypt for the kings of France. After the Second World War, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood became a hub for intellectuals, writers, film-makers, musicians and philosophers, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.

These days, it’s a vibrant area with a major Haussmann boulevard (boulevard Saint‑Germain), some iconic cafes (Les Deux Magots & Café de Flore) and a (partially) covered passage, Cr du Commerce Saint-Andre.

17. Jardin Du Luxembourg

South of Saint-Germain is a lovely big park, Jardin du Luxembourg. It was originally the gardens of Luxembourg Palace, home of Marie de’ Medici, the mother of King Louis XIII, but is now owned by the state.

Statues and stately home in a park in Paris
Luxembourg Gardens

It’s a lovely place to stroll or sit and enjoy the calmness – I’ve done it alone many times. There are lawns, flower gardens, ponds and fountains.

18. Promenade Plantée René-Dumont

A different kind of park is Promenade plantée René-Dumont, an elevated tree-lined walkway built on top of an obsolete railway line. It begins east of the Opéra Bastille and follows a 4.7 km (2.9 miles) path eastward that ends at boulevard Périphérique.

tree in blossom along an elevated garden walkway  in Paris
Promenade Plantée René-Dumont

Popular with runners and dog-walkers, the promenade is a lovely greenbelt through the city and it also offers some nice views of the streets below. It’s also one of the places you can see cherry blossoms in Paris if you’re there in Spring.

I walked the entire length of the promenade on my own last Spring – it was glorious!

19. Covered Passages 

One of my favourite features of Paris is the covered passages or passages couverts. These date from the early to mid 19th century and were designed to be a more pleasant shopping experience for wealthy patrons than the dirty Paris streets. These were walkways with shops and cafes, typically protected from the elements by a vaulted glass ceiling.

arched walkway with glass ceiling and old-fashioned street lights in a covered passage in Paris
Passage des Panoramas

Some of these passages have fallen into disrepair, but many have been well-maintained and are charming places to browse independent shops and find quaint cafes. In my opinion, the best covered passages in Paris are Passage Choiseul, Passage Verdeau, Passage Jouffroy and Passage des Panoramas.

20. Take A Day Trip

On a recent solo trip to Paris, I took a day trip to Reims to learn about champagne. It was a quick 45-minute train journey to Reims, where I explored the town a little and then did a champagne cellar tour.

old dusty bottles of champagne stacked on their sides in a cellar

Thanks to France’s good rail network, there are lots of great day trips from Paris by train, including many other towns and cities in France, and also some of the neighbouring countries.

Of course, there are many more than 20 things to do in Paris alone, so if you’re visiting Paris for the first time, check out my more comprehensive list of all the main things to do in Paris for first-timers. And if you’re already familiar with Paris, you might want some ideas for Paris off the beaten path.

Solo Travel Paris: Things To Do In Paris Alone At Night

If you’re travelling to Paris solo, you might be wondering what to do in the evenings. Evenings are times that might feel better suited to social activities with other people. Night-time might also seem a little riskier to be out and about alone.

But you don’t have to lock yourself in your hotel room at night (although if you have a nice hotel room, this could actually be a great thing to do!).  I have gotten out and about and explored Paris at night during solo trips, and you can too.

Here are some of the things I have done during solo trips to Paris

1. Have Dinner Alone

I’ve already mentioned this one, but I keep hearing from people to say they’re self-conscious about dining alone, so I want to encourage you to try it.

The first time I had dinner alone on a solo trip, I felt a little self-conscious, but I am used to it now and I think nothing of booking a table to dine alone. The only thing I have learned from travelling solo is that some kinds of restaurant experiences are better suited to dining alone than others.

classic french onion soup topped with melted gruyere cheese at a bistro in Paris
Dinner for one in Paris – classic French onion soup

As I said earlier, I find that fancy taster menus can drag on a bit, as a solo diner. So when I’m travelling solo in Paris, I tend to eat at mid-range bistro-type places. You can still have multiple courses, but I tend to find I can get in and out quicker, which suits me. I’ve included some specific tips for places below.

2. Enjoy A View of Paris At Night

Paris is very pretty at night: the Eiffel Tower sparkles like a Christmas tree and the Seine reflects the city lights like a mirror.

Eiffel tower seen over the rooftops of paris - lit up at night
Eiffel Tower at night

A couple of lovely Paris at night experiences are:

  • Arc De Triomphe viewing terrace, with a great view of the Eiffel Tower
  • Montparnasse Tower, which has panaoramic views over Paris
  • The Eiffel Tower itself is open until 10:45 pm
  • Walk along the Seine near Notre-Dame at night
light reflects on the seine river and notre-dame is lit up at night in Paris
The Seine at night

3. See A Movie In Paris

You might think the movies are out of the question unless you’re fluent in French, but many French cinemas show films in English, with French subtitles, check out this site for listings. And if you want a characterful independent cinema, rather than a chain multi-plex, consider either Le Champo in the Latin Quarter or Studio 28 in Montmartre.

Paris cinema Le Champo lit up in neon at night
Le Champo cinema

I saw a British film at Le Champo recently during a solo trip to Paris – I booked tickets online on their website and the whole experience was really easy.

4. Enjoy A Drink In A Bar Alone

Bar culture in Paris seems different to many other places, including London, where I’m from. It’s not really about drinking to get drunk but is more of a casual, sociable thing. That said, the deal on drinks during ‘Happy Hour’ (usually from 5 pm to 8 pm daily) can be tempting!

I have gone to bars in Paris alone – not to meet people, because I’m an ultra-introvert and the idea of making small talk fills me with dread. But sometimes, after a busy day, I want time to reflect and wind down, and a nice cocktail in a pleasant environment can help with that.

There are bars I’ve really liked so far as a solo traveller in Paris:

  • Little Red Door was announced as number 6 on the list of the World’s Best Bars in 2023. It’s a small, intimate place in Le Marais that might have a queue. They take their mixology pretty seriously, but the staff are very friendly.
  • Cambridge Public House, also in Le Marais, has the look & feel of an English pub, but the cocktail menu and service style of a much smarter place.
  • Bluebird, in the young, hip Bastille area, has an overly-complicated approach to the menu, but the cocktails are good.
  • La Villa Batignolles – it has young vibe, but not in an exclusive way. I really enjoyed an aromatic cocktail made with tequila and chartreuse.
cocktail in a coupe glass at little red door in paris
Little Red Door

To avoid unnecessary risks, I tend to do a couple of things when going to bars on a solo trip:

  • If I’m drinking alcohol, I stick to a two-drink maximum, as mentioned earlier
  • Regardless of what I’m drinking, I tend to drink close to where I’m staying so there’s no big trek to get back at the end of the night
  • If I walk in a place and I’m in any way uncomfortable, I walk straight out. It might feel conspicuous to do that, if you’ve only just arrived. But as a solo traveller, I don’t want to be anywhere where the vibe is off. I don’t take risks like that.

Oh, and I don’t accept drinks from strangers (of course).

6. See A Show

This is the only one I haven’t done, but it is an option: there are plenty of theatres in Paris you could see the opera in Bastille or Palais Garnier, or even a cabaret at the Moulin Rouge (but be very careful leaving this place, as the street it is on is pretty seedy).

Solo Travel Paris: Eating Alone In Paris

Here are a few places I have eaten alone in Paris and really enjoyed the experience:


Crepes are quintessentially French and also one of the best street foods in the world. You’ll find it on street stalls around Paris, but if you prefer a sit-down crepes meal, here are some creperies I like:

  • Breizh Café, Le Marais (& various other locations around Paris). They specialise in Brittany-style galettes
  • Creperie Bretonne Fleurie is another creperie I really enjoyed – it’s a small, quirky place in the Bastille area.
  • Brutus Creperie in Batignolles – it was so good here, after I had a tasty gravadlax galette, I came back again the next night!
square-shaped folded galette with egg in the middle
Galette at Creperie Bretonne Fleurie

I’m also partial to a crepe from a street stall, which you’ll find dotted around the city!

Bistrots & Restaurants

  • Café des Anges, near Bastille – a vibrant, modern bistro with a mix of French classics and international dishes
  • La Boite Aux Lettres, Montmartre – innovative, seasonal food in a small, casual setting
  • Les Philosophes, Le Marais – classic French bistro
  • Becquetance – a small, creative place in menilmontante, with a seasonal menu
  • Willette Cafe Troquet small restaurant where I enjoyed a great meal at the bar – the cheese board was generously portioned
  • Le Moulin De La Galette, Montmartre – a traditional French restaurant, and the scene of a famous Renoir painting
  • Georges, Pompidou Centre – an upscale modern restaurant with views across Paris
  • Georgette near Luxembourg Gardens. Really nice place where I had a stunning steak.
steak and potato chips at a restaurant in Paris
Steak frites at Le Moulin De La Galette

Cheese & Wine

There’s a chain of casual eating & drinking places in Paris called 17:45, where you can get great cheese, charcuterie and wine to have as an apero (pre-dinner drinks & snacks).

You might think cheese boards are more for sharing and they will have too much on them for solo diners, but you can build your own board from scratch. I went there solo and created a board with just three cheeses (the cuts are small) and some accompaniments. It was the perfect amount for a simple meal!

cheese board with pickles and bread and a glass of red wine

Solo Trip To Paris: Itinerary

If you’re wondering how to spend your time, or trying to work out much you can do in a few days in Paris, here’s my suggestion for a 4-day Paris solo itinerary.

Day 1


Start early to avoid the worst of the crowds and climb the most recognisable of Paris landmarks: the Eiffel Tower. Make sure you book a ticket in advance to minimise queuing. You should allow at least a couple of hours to get up the tower, enjoy the view and get back down, without rushing.

After this, head towards your lunch spot on Rue Cler, which is about 15 minutes away. You’ll walk through some beautiful Parisian streets along the way.


Rue Cler: this pretty market street has plenty of cafes with terrace seating on the street, so take your pick! 

market treet with cafes with terrace seating and yellow flower boxes at rue cler in paris
Lunch stop at Rue Cler


After lunch, walk east towards Les Invalides, a gold-domed baroque building that contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France in the early 19th Century. You can go inside to see the tomb, or simply admire the building and the gardens.

ornate gold dome of les invalides in Paris
Les Invalides

Heading north, you’ll come to the Seine River and you can jump on a Batobus – a hop-on-hop-off river tour that does a fixed route along the river, with boats approx. every 20-25 minutes. You can join the boat at the Les Invalides stop. From this side of the river, the boat heads east towards Notre-Dame.

Enjoy the ride and either do a full loop on the boat, which will take a couple of hours, or get off at Hotel de Ville. From here you can head to the Pompidou Centre, an art gallery in a bold inside-out building, with pipes and tubes on the exterior.

Check out the gallery if you want, but the main reason you’re here is for the restaurant on the top floor: Georges.

exterior of a building made up of beams and pipes
Pompidou Centre


Georges – make a reservation in advance. Georges has a great view over Paris, including the Tour Saint-Jacques. From the viewing terraces on the other side of the restaurant, you can also see the Eiffel Tower over the rooftops of Paris.


You’ve done a lot of walking already today, so I suggest you have an easy evening. Enjoy your dinner and the view and don’t rush off anywhere else.

Day 2


Spend the morning exploring Île de la Cité and the left bank of the Seine in the Latin Quarter, this is the oldest area of Paris, the heart of the city since the middle ages.

Things to do include:

  • Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Sainte-Chapelle (the one with the stained glass windows)
  • Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, a picturesque café covered in vines
  • Pont Neuf – one of the best-known bridges over the Seine
  • Bouquinistes – bookstalls and print-sellers whose stalls line the Seine
  • Shakespeare & Company – a cute bookshop and café
  • Jardin des plantes – extensive botanical gardens
  • Place de la Sorbonne, where you can see the Sorbonne chapel.


You could snack on a choux bun from Odette cafe, but I suggest you save lunch until you reach Les Deux Magots on Saint-Germain Boulevard. This is one of the most iconic cafes in Paris, and a great spot to enjoy some people-watching from a wicker chair on the terrace – though you might need to queue if you don’t make a reservation. Some alternatives in the area are Café Flore and La Societe.


Spend the afternoon strolling around Saint-Germain-des-Pres. You could take a look at Saint Germain des Pres church and, if you’re up for more walking, you could go even further south into Luxembourg Gardens.

rows of trees with red autumnal leaves in a park with green seats
Luxembourg Gardens in autumn


Aim to get to Montparnasse Tower before dark. It’s a good idea to reserve a ticket in advance, in order to avoid the queues. This is a modern skyscraper that has an observation deck from which you can see panoramic 360-degree views of Paris. If you go before dark, you can see the effect of the sunset and the lights coming on as darkness falls.

aerial iew of Paris showing buildings and avenues and the eiffel tower
Montparnasse view northwards over Paris, in winter

Heads up: the tower and the area around it are a little shabby, but the views of Paris are amazing!


Reserve a table at one of the grand old artistic and literary cafes on Boulevard du Montparnasse. I had amazing steak at Cafe de la Rotonde, which was frequented by Picasso and Modigliani in the early 20th Century.

Day 3


You can have a late start today – you’ve already covered a lot of ground in days 1 and 2, and you will probably appreciate a lie-in and a lazy breakfast.

curved stairway & chandelier-lit atrium of palais garnier in paris
Palais Garnier

Book some tickets for Palais Garnier – the opulent opera house I mentioned earlier. Spend an hour or so exploring the decadent theatre and then do the short walk to Boulevard Haussmann, where you’ll find Galeries Lafayette, one of the grand department stores of Paris. Even if you’re not interested in going any designer shopping, you can admire the architecture.

Next door to Galeries Lafayette is another art nouveau masterpiece: Printemps.


Reine Mer is a small restaurant on the 9th floor of Printemps. You might get lucky and get a table with a view – and if not, you can enjoy the view from the terrace after lunch. Reine Mer specialises in fish, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty if other places to eat within Printemps.


After lunch, head to Anvers and walk up the hill to the Basilica of Sacré Cœur de Montmartre, where you can climb the dome or simply enjoy the view from outside.  After this, follow my self-guided walking tour of Montmartre to find all the sights and viewpoints.

Basilica of Sacré Cœur de Montmartre seen from gardens with a fairground ride
Basilica of Sacré Cœur de Montmartre


Grab a bite in either Moulin De La Galette or La Boite Aux Lettres.


If you can find an English-language movie you fancy, consider catching a film at the art deco-style Studio 28 cinema in Montmartre.

Day 4


Start the day by exploring Le Marais, including checking out the handsome Place des Vosges and possibly the Carnavalet Museum.

smart old building with a statue in front
Musee Carnavalet


How about a delicious galette (a savoury kind of crepes) at Breizh Café in Le Marais.


Get yourself a ticket for the Louvre and pick & choose the exhibits you’d like to see. Don’t try to do it all in one go!

If the Louvre doesn’t take your fancy, you could choose Musée d’Orsay or Musée de l’Orangerie instead. The latter showcases some of Monet’s waterlilies.  The way they are displayed in large oval rooms flooded with natural light is wonderful.

wide panoramic painting of waterlillies in a white oval room at musee de l'orangerie in paris
Musée de l’Orangerie

Whichever art gallery you choose, afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through Tuileries gardens and towards Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées for some shopping. Head towards the Arc De Triomphe an hour before sunset (you’ll need to book tickets in advance).


Your final evening will be spent on the top of Napoleon’s monument to war heroes, the Arc De Triomphe, watching the sun go down. I did this on my first solo trip to Paris. It’s really magical to watch the lights come on over Paris.

Eiffel tower seen over the rooftops of paris at sunset
View from the Arc De Triomphe at sunset

Heads up: there are a lot of steps to get up there (and down).


I suggest some comfort food for your last meal in Paris, so why not try Les Philosophes, which does classic French food including a scrumptious onion soup and a perfectly crisp Crème Brulee.

So that’s my suggested itinerary!

If you need more ideas, I actually have another slightly different itinerary for 4 days in Paris you might also be interested in.

What’s The Best Place To Stay In Paris For Solo Travellers?

As I mentioned earlier there are some areas I don’t recommend staying in Paris. But in terms of specific hotels, here are some of the best hotels in Paris for solo travellers, in my opinion. I’ve stayed in all of these hotels myself, when travelling solo in Paris in the last 2 years.

La Finca Hôtel & Spa (formerly called the Hotel Auberge Flora), which is in the Bastille area, is a good 3-star option. The rooms are snug but it is comfortable and has everything you need. I liked the cheerful bar downstairs and they offer a simple, affordable breakfast in the morning.

In Montmartre, the Terrass” Hotel is a very comfortable 4-star and has some wonderful views across Paris to the Eiffel Tower, its own restaurant and rooftop bar.  

breakfast on a table next to a window overlooking Paris including the eiffel tower in the distance
Breakfast for one on the top floor restaurant at Terrass” Hotel

I stayed in the 4-star Grand Hotel Chicago during a solo trip to Paris this spring (2024). It’s comfortable and close to the many eateries and cocktail bars of the Batignolles neighbourhood.

Hôtel Diva Opéra is a centrally-located boutique 4-star hotel in Fauberg-Montmartre, which is really convenient for exploring Paris. It is fairly near the Grands Magasins of Boulevard Haussman and some of the best covered passages in Paris.

There’s no reason why you can’t indulge in some decadence as a solo traveller! The 5-star Hotel Regina Louvre is next to the Louvre. It is old-school, luxurious and has some elegant Art Nouveau design features. Some rooms have a view of the Eiffel Tower.

grand old hotel in Haussmann style of architecture with a gold statue in front of it
It was a treat to stay at the luxurious Hotel Regina Louvre on a short solo trip to Paris

For more Paris hotel recommendations, read my post on the best place to stay in Paris for first-timers.

How Do I Plan A Solo Paris Trip?

What’s The Best Time to Visit Paris?

You can visit Paris year-round, but it’s worth knowing what to expect by season:

  • Paris in Winter – it can be cold, wet and windy, but this is the best season to avoid crowds. Plus, if you come in December, you can enjoy Paris in festive mode, which is sparkly and special.
  • In Spring in Paris (March-May), the city comes into bloom, the trees are green. There are also lots of places to find pink cherry blossoms in Paris. Spring is a lovely time to visit – but it will start getting busy with tourists keen to see Paris in bloom.  
  • In Summer (June-August), it can be pretty hot in the city and the crowds can be HUGE. I tend to avoid visiting Paris during Summer for these reasons.
  • In Autumn (September-November), the leaves start to change colour, which is a lovely sight. Like, Spring, I like visiting Paris in Autumn – in September you benefit from slightly smaller crowds, but the weather is still fairly mild.
vine draped arbor in a park in paris

Springtime in Paris
is glorious!

How Many Days Is Enough For Paris?

It’s one of those ‘how long is a piece of string’ questions… I don‘t think there’s one answer to this question.  I’ve made visits to Paris as short as one day – and also stayed as long as two weeks at a time.

I included a 4-day itinerary in this article because that is a good amount of time to see and experience the main things around the city. However, if you have more time, that’s great! 

On the other hand, if you have a small amount of time, you won’t see as much, but I believe you can still have a great time in Paris in two days. In fact, I have done several trips where I’ve been in Paris for only one day – and I even wrote an itinerary for one perfect day in Paris.

What To Pack For Paris

The only specific items I would say you absolutely must pack for Paris are:

  • Comfortable shoes. Paris is a big city and you are likely to do a lot of walking as you explore the city, so make sure you have some shoes that will be kind to your feet – at least for the daytime.
  • an umbrella or waterproof layer, because you can get rain in any season
  • a water bottle to keep you hydrated as you explore, You can top it up in the Wallace Fountains, which dispense drinkable water.

And don’t worry, Parisians won’t be showing you up by wandering around in haute couture – that’s just an idea on American TV! I’d say it varies hugely but on average, what people wear in Paris is somewhere between casual and smart-casual. It’s rare to see ladies in stiletto heels in the street, for example.

Other than that, check out my guide to the best travel gadgets for solo travellers, much of which is relevant to Paris.

How Much Should I Budget For A Trip To Paris?

Paris is one of those cities where you can easily spend a lot. On my first couple of visits, I stayed in very basic hostels, and as I’ve had more disposable income, I’ve treated myself to a couple of more luxurious hotels. Mainly, though, I stay in budget / mid-range hotels when I travel solo in Paris.

Overall, the following is a good guideline for costs during Paris:

  • Budget hotels: €75-200 per night
  • Mid-range hotels €200-300 per night
  • Luxury Hotels €400+ per night
  • Lunch in a casual restaurant: €15-20
  • Dinner in a bistro: €25-50
  • Museums/landmarks: €10-30

Solo Travel Paris: Travelling To Paris Alone

How To Get From The Paris Airport To The City

If you’re flying into Paris, you’ll probably arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Check Skyscanner for flight deals.  

From the airport, you can get into the city by taxi (~45-60 minutes), train (RER B trains depart every 10 mins and take about 35 mins to Chatelet) or Roissybus (which takes 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic).

Arriving In Paris By Train

Paris is well-connected by train with all its neighbours: the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Spain. If you’re travelling to Paris by train, the main international train stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est and Gare de Lyon) are all fairly central and connected to the Metro system.

Solo Travel Paris: The Last Word

I hope you’ve enjoyed this solo travel Paris guide. If you have any questions I haven’t covered let me know. And if you have any tips of your own, feel free to add them as a comment, so others can benefit from them too.

Finally, do check out my other Paris travel articles, including:

Enjoy your solo trip to Paris!

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4 thoughts on “Solo Travel In Paris: Tips, Ideas & Itinerary For Visiting Paris Alone In 2024”

  1. It took me two nights to read your post, but I made it! This was a hell of a post and very comprehensive. I feel like you’ve covered everything that there is to say about solo travelling to Paris. I’ve only ever been once to Paris and took the Eurostar from London. I remember I wasn’t too impressed when I got to Gare du Nord and my first impression of Paris was anything but positive. It got better but still very mixed. Paris syndrome is definitely a thing and it’s funny because no other city polarises as much as Paris.

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story

  2. Wow incredible post! So much information. I love Paris and I’d never considered doing it solo but this certainly shows it’s possible. I really try to speak French to people in Paris but they always respond in plain English to me haha. A girl can try!

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