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General information on Paris

If you’re planning your visit to Paris, you might be wondering what travel documents you need to travel to France, what the country's currency is, and other frequently asked questions all answered here below:

Frequent questions

  • Documentación necesaria What travel documents do I need to get to France? Do I need a passport or can I use another type of identity card? Do I need a visa? 
  • Tiempo en París Is Paris a rainy city? When is the best moment to visit Paris? What are the minimum and maximum temperatures?
  • Idioma en París What language is spoken in Paris and France? Do they speak English in Paris? Is it easy to get by if you don’t speak French?
  • Precios en París Is Paris an expensive city? How much money will I need to get by in Paris? Is shopping in Paris affordable? 
  • Días festivos en París What public holidays does Paris have? When is the country's national bank holiday? What days are the museums closed?
  • Horario comercial en París What are the opening hours in Paris? When do museums close? Is it possible to combine sightseeing with shopping?
  • Seguro Médico Do I need travel health insurance to travel to Paris? Is health care in France very expensive? 

Other questions

Paris facts & figures

Notre Dame, gargoyle
Notre Dame gargoyle admiring the views of Paris

Les Invalides
Les Invalides

With over 12 million people living in Paris, it is the second most inhabited city in Europe, after London.

City of Light

Paris is often referred to as the City of Light because it was the first city to adopt gas street lighting.   

Current local time

The time zone in Paris is GMT+1, like most European countries, except UK and Portugal. This means that Paris is 6 hours ahead of New York, 9 hours ahead of San Francisco and 9 hours behind Sydney.

Electricity, plugs and sockets

The power socket used in France is Type C, Type E or Type F, with a voltage of 220-240 Volts. If in your country the plugs are different, we recommend you buy an adapter before traveling to use your appliances in Paris.


France is in the eurozone and its official currency is the euro.

Helpful telephone numbers

  • Ambulance: 15
  • Police: 17
  • France area code: +33
  • Paris area code: 01

Related activities


    Admire Paris’ most famous landmarks during a panoramic city bus tour, a one-hour scenic cruise along the Seine and skip the line access to the Eiffel Tower.

    Idioma Spanish Duración 5 hours Precio 101$